Read This – Clutch Kits and Gear Shifts: How to Smoothly Change Gears

Many cars have a manual transmission. These vehicles have a clutch that disengages the gearbox from the engine and the gear stick. To change gears smoothly you need to have the basic knowledge of how the system works.

What does it mean when the car is in neutral?

This means that there are no gears touching. Gears are connected to the crankshaft that is connected to the wheels. If your car is not in gear or is neutral it means there is no way you are going to move forward.

Why do we stall when we release the clutch too quickly?

Gas has to be applied in order to move the car forward but it also needs to be in gear. The car stalls because not enough torque is being applied. This also happens if you try to accelerate in third gear after being stationery. Remember that the higher the gear is the smaller that gear’s diameter will be, because of the higher speed it has to accommodate. A smaller in diameter gear has fewer teeth to grip.

When applying pressure on the clutch you have to take your foot off the throttle because you have to disengage the gear from the engine. Applying gas will force the crankshaft to turn. As soon as you have managed this step you can change gears. You need to use the correct gear at each accelerated speed. If you’re using fourth gear instead of third it will slow you down as the car gains speed. If you’re driving in second gear instead of third gear it will over rev the car. As soon as you have placed the car in gear apply pressure to the throttle and simultaneously slowly release the clutch. Releasing the clutch too quickly will make the car jump or jolt forward when you apply gas. This feels like a pull followed by a jump when the car is in motion.

Clutch burnout is a common problem for people who struggle to change gears smoothly. The more you use the clutch pedal the more worn it becomes thus causing what is known as clutch burnout. This is caused by the driver riding the clutch which means they are constantly pressing it down whilst driving when no gear has to be changed. Many drivers also use the clutch to slow down instead of using the brakes. This is known as engine braking which in the long run will save your gear box.

Your clutch should to be checked every six months or at the regular service intervals. When you take your car to a mechanic they will often check the clutch kit as a whole and replace it if it is necessary.

Smart Tips – Brake Discs and Winter Highway Driving Tips

Winter is a difficult season to drive in. There are so many factors that you have to think about including the snow or moisture on the road, the temperature of the road and the temperature your tyres can handle.

The first thing to remember when driving in extremely cold temperatures is to drive as slowly as you can without obstructing traffic. The roads might be slippery and treading on the tyres won’t grip as easily because of the lack of friction.

When you are approaching any inclines, don’t speed up or slow down. Try to use the momentum to get the car up the hill. The frictionless surface doesn’t allow gripping and you could spin out potentially causing accidents. You should also try to avoid stopping on hills as it is more challenging to get the car moving again.

When going down any inclines try to keep your speed slow. The gravity is already pulling you down which makes stopping slightly more difficult. Apply the brakes as soon as you start descending downhill.

Spinning is common in cold weather conditions. If you happen to spin out of control and skid then make sure that you take your foot off the throttle. Gently pull the wheel in the opposite direction of which the car is spinning. Sharp movements will damage the tyres and your brakes. It is important to stay calm if this happens.

Do not take a corner very sharply. Slow down progressively and then gently take the corner. Remember that you should not push the brakes whilst you are turning as it causes brake wear and reduces their lifespan. Slowing down to turn into another road will prevent you from slipping into the other lane.

During the winter season you have to make sure that you have the correct fitments and parts. You also have to make sure that the windscreen is clear from any frost or mist when you start to drive. To remove frost, you can pour regular tap water over it and allow it to reach the temperature of the air. Frost usually accumulates overnight and by the time it reaches morning, it is slightly warmer. Therefore pouring the tap water over your car should not freeze the windscreen.

Preventing possible shattering of the brake discs is what will keep you from spinning uncontrollably. Therefore getting the brakes checked regularly is advisable during this time of the year.

You May Need This – Points to Ponder Over When Buying A Personalized Number Plate

Number plates, a unique identification for any vehicle? Well, it’s not just this, but much more than merely a number that identifies your vehicle. Yes! It is something that can make a difference to the look of your vehicle, specially when it is a personalized number plate made according to the specifications given by you. Since the design and the combination of numbers and letters is your brainchild, it is a reflection of who you are, choices you make and things you do. And so, your plate definitely deserves all the attention it needs which makes it necessary for you to keep certain points in mind before you buy the customized plate:

Decide budget – Buying a personlized number plate can be a very expensive affair and therefore it is suggested to set a budget for it, so that you don’t end up splurging money on it. You can also modify your design if it is digging holes in your pocket.

Chose the number that you really want – You are not just purchasing any number plate, but a customised one which costs higher than the former and this gives you all the more reason to be choosy. Think over the number that you would love to see and will cherish for long. And also keep in mind that since the plate will adorn both; the back and the front of your vehicle, it should be something that makes your vehicle look good. If you select something that doesn’t go with the look of the vehicle, you may end up spoiling the appearance of your prized possession.

Other options – You like a number and want it for your vehicle’s plate, but the number is not available? Yes! This may happen and you should always be prepared for a situation like this. So, it is better to think of not one, but at least two numbers/design for your plate that you want to get custom made.

And those of you who don’t know that the vehicle plates can be resold, let us tell you that they can be, the registration is transferred to the new buyer and the vehicle. The best part of purchasing personalized number plates is that if you want to resell them, you will yield a higher price as compared to general number plates, depending on the demand, uniqueness, and availability of the number used.