Following on from the last article
“you never had your car… Granny shiftin’ not double clutchin’ like you should”
What is double declutching and how do you do it?
In the days before syncromesh this was a necessary technique and was still taught to Police Drivers up until the late 1990’s.
Its one of the several reasons that Brake Gear Separation was taught as you can’t double declutch with your right foot still on the brake.
There is no technical reason to double de-clutch today, other than when done correctly it enables a totally smooth gear change.
The downside of course is you are doubling the amount of use through your clutch mechanism.
So how do you do it?
Double De-Clutching up the box
- Depress clutch, release accelerator and move gear lever into neutral
- Let clutch up keeping gear lever in neutral with engine idling
- Depress clutch, while moving gear lever into next gear
- lift clutch up while depressing accelerator to make engine rev’s match road speed
Double De-Clutching down the box
- Depress clutch, release accelerator and move gear level into neutral
- Let clutch up while pressing and releasing accelerator while gear remains in neutral
- Depress clutch and move gear lever into chosen gear simultaneously
- Let clutch up firmly but gently and accelerate