In manual cars there are three foot pedals, ABC, reading backwards from Right to Left, Accelerator, Brake, Clutch.
The Accelerator (or Gas pedal as it’s frequently called) controls the speed of the engine (by adding more gas to make it go faster) needs to be used very gently
is much more sensitive in lower gears (especially First)
The Brake pedal is used to slow the car down when it’s moving, or hold the car still for short periods of time. Remember to
– brake gently but effectively
– go on to the brake gently so that passengers are not thrown forwards
– continue adding brake pressure until the car is slowing enough
– keep the brake pressure in place until the correct speed is nearly reached – come off the brakes gently, especially when coming to a stop.
Finally the Clutch pedal connects and disconnects the engine to the wheels (via the gearbox). You’ll be using this when pulling away, coming to a stop and when changing gear.
If you struggle to remember which foot to use, just press the Clutch pedal down with your left foot. You now have two pedals left,
– one for going faster,
– one for going slower.
You only need one foot for these two (obviously your right foot!) because you can’t go both faster and slower at the same time!