Can you learn to drive a manual car using video games?

Learning How to Drive Manual

Do you remember the fateful day when you first got in a car ready to understand the intricate workings of a manual transmission? Of pressing and depressing the clutch pedal in tandem with operating that stick in between the seats in such a way as to keep the car going without a hitch? Nowadays, most people learn to drive on automatic cars, but we think that it’s still vital to learn how to drive a manual car to learn everything about the more ’analog’ way of driving.

I’ve not had as much time to virtually drive over the past few weeks as I’d have liked, largely due to the big fall gaming season ramping up. It’s hard to find time to get behind a fake steering wheel when your office is filled with fake musical instruments .I also ran into an issue where one of my Xbox One’s (I have one in my office and one in the living room so the family can shout at Kinect while I am trying to work) would not register the steering wheel. It might have something to do with the Xbox One dashboard preview—the office console has it, and the wheel won’t register, while the living room console is still on the regular dash and works fine.Still, I’ve managed to clock several hours between Project Cars on PC and Forza Motorsports 6, and the going is very slow and jerky.For starters, despite having a built-in profile for the Logitech G920, Project Cars required a little tweaking to get everything working correctly, which is tough when you don’t know what working correctly really is. My first hour of racing were composed of grinding and revving noises, me flailing at a stick without numbers on the cap trying to get used to which gear was which, the car dying because I kept forgetting that third pedal existed and a good 15 minutes staring at a wall trying to figure out how to shift into reverse (apparently it involves pressing down on the stick.)I fared a bit better in the somewhat more arcade-y Forza 6. I can make it around an entire track, but it’s hard to shake 27 years of automatic driving.The video below represents one of my more recent attempts. Keep in mind I am still only a few hours into this. It begins with me running off the road because I am looking at the stick shift instead of the screen. Then it gets a little painful. Mind the resolution—this was captured using the Xbox One’s built-in game DVR, which is not great. Just pay attention to the gear indicator in the lower right. It’s pretty hilarious.I feel like “Yakkity-Sax” should be playing here.

What You Can Learn From VR Car Games

I mean what harm can it do if combined with professional driving lessons?. Racing games also have an option to just do laps by yourself on any track, so when doing that you dont have to drive at high speed, so someone who is learning to drive can just do laps around a track and learn how to sit at a consistent speed (say 30mph) by using the pedals which is a important skill to have when driving a real car.

Leaning to drive with a game

It is possible to learn how to drive stick using video game as practice. This can be good for the beginner weary of the cautions of real street-driving in addition to preventing wear and tear on the car itself.The trick to manual shift driving is the careful coordination of handwork of shifting and the legwork. After considerable practice of shifting, the manual driver will have developed skill pivoting their feet between the clutch (always the far left) and gas pedal (far right). As always, hand over hand motion is recommended for turning the steering wheel.One thing to beware of when learning how to drive stick, is stalling the engine. The most common cause of stalling is improper release of the clutch when pressing the gas pedal and going to first gear with holding down clutch. The clutch must be released slowly to prevent stalling. Putting a manual car into reverse is just as easy as going into first gear. Hold the clutch down and move directly into reverse, for most cars directly back and to the far right (a double motion that involves moving the clutch back and to the right twice). Once shifted finally apply gas, pivoting from the gas with your feet. A final caution in terms of stalling: when stopping the car make sure to hold the clutch down first, then apply the brake and switch to neutral or park.The last thing to be aware of for the beginning stick driver is the tachometer which indicates the RPM of the car. This is especially important for the manual driver as it indicates when to shift. Accelerate until the car reaches between 2 and 3 on the tachometer and then change gears. This is both good for the engine and provides the best gas mileage. I guess this answers the question, “Can you learn to drive a manual car using video games?” with a big fat yes!

A couple of weeks ago I decided to try and use video games to learn how to operate a manual transmission. After several hours behind a fake steering wheel I’ve determined I need several more hours behind a fake steering wheel.As I mentioned in the original article, I never learned how to drive stick shift, which while not uncommon here in the States comes off as completely ridiculous to folks from countries where manual transmissions are the norm, i.e. most countries. While having a greater degree of control over the mass of metal and flame and rubber just makes sense elsewhere, here in the automatic-dominated U.S. our favorite gear is called “Drive” and our transmissions do all the thinking for us.I am fine with “Drive” in the real world, but how could I call myself a racing game fan if I don’t know how to drive a real racing vehicle?And so, armed with a Logitech G920 racing wheel for the Xbox One and PC with optional gear shift and copies of Forza Motorsports 6 and Project Cars, I set off to learn. Aside from tips from our commenters, I would use no outside tutorials. That includes Jalopnik’s How To Drive A Stick In Ten Easy Steps , an article I’ve never read but am growing more and more aware of each moment I’m behind the wheel.

Others, however, aim to recreate the experience of the open road or racetrack as accurately as possible. Ignore anyone who says video games are a waste of time. Car racing games develop driving skills (and other car-related. Skills) that can leap from the screen into the real world.

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