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What is clutch control?

Getting to grips with clutch control is one of the most difficult parts of learning to drive a manual car. Using your clutch correctly will prevent mechanical problems and can also prevent you from stalling the vehicle, which can, in some situations, leave you vulnerable if you stall with cars behind you or at a roundabout with vehicles oncoming.

Using your clutch incorrectly can also lead to serious mechanical problems: you can damage the clutch and cause it to wear out more quickly. It’s an expensive part of the car to get fixed, so both your bank balance and your safety are at stake.

Most drivers find that clutch control eventually becomes second nature, but it can take a while to get there. So, to help you out, we’ve put together 5 top tips to help you master the skill. But first, here’s what clutch control actually is, how to find that all important biting point, and how to adapt your technique for different types of journeys.