To drive smoothly with a manual transmission start by moving the gearstick in between third and fourth gear to put the car into neutral next push your foot all the way down on the clutch start the car and push the gearstick into first gear. I need tips on how to slow down in a manual transmission vehicle submitted 2 you use engine braking to slow down as well as the brakes where applicable of course your engine and gearbox are made for engine braking you are not harming the vehicle if you do it correctly. First thing you need to know is how to drive a manual transmission downshifting can actually be good for your transmission and can make your clutch last longer down shifting above that is pointless though if you down shift at say 5000 rpm you could sent your engine straight into its rev limiter 0 stechi 4 years ago on introduction . Slow down the vehicle or bring it to stop within a desirable time span so that everyone is safe but if you apply brakes first then the gear transmission bis still having load of the clutch plates attached to it so the speed decreases in a very efficient way the only way to apply brakes in a manual car is to press the brake nothing else
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