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Quick Thoughts On Using A Clutch (Driving)

Kezins

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I was talking to a buddy who said he would never drive manually in racing games because it "wouldn't be very realistic without having to engage a clutch pedal". It got me thinking about the fact that perhaps many people don't realize that higher level drivers in real life often don't shift using the clutch pedal at all. My first car was a 5-speed Mazda MX-6 and I didn't even realize it until years later when I went to a truck driving school to get a Class A CDL and later trained on the road for 2 months with a veteran driver out of a company in Wisconsin. His truck intimidated me at first because it was an 18-speed transmission which required a flip of a switch to go from the lower shifting to the top gear shifting. Driving a truck in the beginning is tougher than cars because you have to double clutch when you shift instead of single in most cars.

 

After I got good, he started teaching me the old timer tricks like how to shift without using the clutch at all. Basically if your road speed and RPMs are both in the proper range, you simply shift gears without touching the clutch pedal. In the right range, shifting requires no significant hand force either. You can shift with just one finger and light pressure if you want. Lol. Really the only time you need a clutch is at the beginning to get a vehicle moving.

 

Hope I didn't bore you too much, but I thought it was possibly interesting. :)

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Yeah I knew this from a while back to. I think they just feels more realistic even though like you said most pro race car drivers don't use them. They usually use buttons on the wheel to switch gears. But hey what ever floats your boat lol.

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Lol. Sometimes I like some realistic stuff in games too, but honestly if anyone comes up with a 100% realistic game one day, it wouldn't be a game. Lol

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Your blog wasn't a bore, Kezins. It's fun to learn how to drive.

 

I liked playing Gran Turismo games because it's such a great driving simulator game. When I practiced driving a truck for the first time, I had a hard time using the clutches for different gears. It's a pain in the arse, but a good experience to learn.

One hand on the wheel and the other hand on the clutch is pretty fun for some reason. Felt like a drifter ready to drive fast. Lol. Trucks are fun to drive as long as you don't crash and have your old man yelling at you when you practice.

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Thanks TK. I'm really writing things more lately in all kinds of places to really just get in the habit on writing. In anything structured, I go back to old styles of writing, but then more on the fly stuff becomes more of a journal style of statements which I figure can eventually seem similar to a boring or narcissistic style, but it's really more if I'm focused on too many things at once, I'll dip into a first person style of writing or blogging to be relatable.

 

Lol. It's definitely odd to me anyway. I need to tap into 2nd and 3rd person writing again and do some drills with writing several pages without using "I" to get back to good stuff. Blogging in the first place kind of dipped my skills a bit because of the nature of writing with no actual rules online gets you into a routine. Lol

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Gran Turismo is sweet. On the PS1, GT may have been the game I logged the most hours into and I'm not even into driving games as hard as RPGs. Lol.

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