Driving a car with a manual transmission is almost more of a dance than simply putting the car in gear. You press the clutch, move the shift lever, and release the clutch slowly while increasing the throttle just to get the car to begin to move.
And every shift requires pressing the clutch and releasing the gas, while you hold the steering with one hand and shift the transmission with the other. Every limb must synchronize to drive the vehicle… a dance in multiple gear ranges.
Part of the dance involves your left foot pressing and releasing the clutch pedal. But exactly what is a clutch?
A clutch is a friction device that connects your car’s engine to the transmission. Pressing the clutch pedal releases the clutch, which separates the engine and transmission. This is what allows you to come to a stop without stalling the engine. It also makes shifting gears a lot easier.