“10mph… SECOND GEAR!”
So screamed my driving instructor numerous times over our lesson. Actually screamed is unfair. He was very patient. Everything was fine when changing gear after starting, but ask me to indicate, turn at a junction then speed up and I would forget the speedometer, whizzing off at 20mph while the engine rattled around like teaspoons in a biscuit tin.
Also what is with the clutch? Sometimes you bring it up slowly, sometimes fast. What’s up with that? As far as I can remember you bring it up slowly for first gear but can bring it up faster in second. It’s so confusing!
At least I can remember how to change into first before stopping behind another car at the lights*:
“Break slightly… DON’T STOP THE CAR!
Clutch all the way down
Brake again DON’T STOP THE CAR UNLESS YOU NEED TO!
Bring the clutch up slowly – find the biting point
10MPH! SECOND GEAR!”
I’ll get there eventually.
*ps if I’ve got this bit wrong and you churn your gearbox to bits/bash into the next car/infuriate your instructor don’t sue me!