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Old March 7th, 2008, 07:18 AM   #141
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This one is from Israel. It says "Keep your distance! I can't start uphill!" The driver is a woman (not to be sexist or anything, but in the Hebrew language the first person is not gender neutral ). The yellow sign at the top says "Novice Driver" - this one is required by law for a new driver, up to a year from getting the license.

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Old March 9th, 2008, 12:38 AM   #142
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How cute!

Uphill starts are the main reason I never bothered learning a manual (after moving to Europe from the US)... too hard. :p:
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Old March 9th, 2008, 12:40 AM   #143
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Uphill is not very easy, but i can do it I have to do it often in the parking garage, because some women can't drive there. You have to use the handbrake, give a little gas, and let the car drive, before you release the handbrake.
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Old March 9th, 2008, 09:36 AM   #144
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You mean you let the car move with the handbrake engaged, or you disengage it just when the clutch catches?
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Old March 9th, 2008, 11:32 AM   #145
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No, ofcourse when the cluch catches You release the handbrake
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Old March 9th, 2008, 11:40 AM   #146
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You mean you let the car move with the handbrake engaged, or you disengage it just when the clutch catches?
To do it by the book, you release the clutch and handbrake at the same second, while keeping the gas pedal down. Then the car should kick-start.
I usually do that without handbrake, rapidly changing from brake to gas pedal. Manual might be harder and less convenient but it gives so much fun!
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Old March 9th, 2008, 12:56 PM   #147
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Diesel or benzyna (gas)? Diesel cars have usually a lot more powerful clutch catch, you can drive a diesel car slow with the clutch, but that's harder with a gasoline car.
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Old March 9th, 2008, 01:08 PM   #148
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Thank God I live in a flat region. In a hilly region I'd rather switch to an automatic transmission car.
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Old March 9th, 2008, 09:14 PM   #149
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I'm very good at hill starts in a manual - mind you, I have a fairly steep driveway, so I get plenty of practice.

However, I drive an automatic. Oh the irony.
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Old March 9th, 2008, 10:03 PM   #150
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Old March 9th, 2008, 11:36 PM   #151
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You mean you let the car move with the handbrake engaged, or you disengage it just when the clutch catches?
You only have to feel the car wanting to move forward, when disengaging the handbrake, so you need to give a little bit of gas. That's all. When you're used to it, it's pretty easy.

It's one of those things that makes driving more exciting.

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Old March 10th, 2008, 12:10 AM   #152
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If a slope is really steep and you have someone behind yourself (so there's no room for jokes), it still couldn't be easier. Just do as Jeroen said - no need to do all at the same time; the car won't really move when you give gas, it'll just want to move (by "rising" a bit), and then you can safely disengage the handbrake and voila. Maybe the car won't really start moving until you give some more gas, but it certainly won't go back.
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Old March 10th, 2008, 04:35 AM   #153
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Hehe thanks for all the comments, now I feel like I'm an expert in uphill starts even though I've never driven a manual car
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Old March 10th, 2008, 10:04 PM   #154
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Old March 12th, 2008, 10:11 PM   #157
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This one is in Mexico City...



can you find out the accurate way to Centenario Ave. ??
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Old March 12th, 2008, 11:09 PM   #158
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Yesterday I had much fun with uphill starting in Seattle. Some Seattle streets are as steep as the ones in San Francisco, and the only difference is San Francisco has got a lot of them. The complexity of the starting uphill on a manual transmission is due to the fact that you have to do 3 things simultaneously: slowly releasing the clutch, slowly adding the gas and releasing the handbrake. After some practice, it is possible to do all this quite quickly.
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Old March 13th, 2008, 01:42 AM   #159
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Yesterday I had much fun with uphill starting in Seattle. Some Seattle streets are as steep as the ones in San Francisco, and the only difference is San Francisco has got a lot of them. The complexity of the starting uphill on a manual transmission is due to the fact that you have to do 3 things simultaneously: slowly releasing the clutch, slowly adding the gas and releasing the handbrake. After some practice, it is possible to do all this quite quickly.
Auckland is incredibly hilly and I'm always having to do hill starts. The worst is near me where the roundabout is on a hill, so a hill start into a roundabout gave me very good practice at hill starting.

Once you know where the engage point of the clutch is you're fine as the car won't roll backwards (unless the hill is very steep) even if you don't apply the accelerator once the handbrake is off.
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Old March 13th, 2008, 06:35 PM   #160
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Once you know where the engage point of the clutch is you're fine as the car won't roll backwards (unless the hill is very steep) even if you don't apply the accelerator once the handbrake is off.
Yeah, my car would most likely stall if I don't apply gas on a moderately steep hill
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