When I was 19 and took delivery of my first Mini Cooper S, I had no idea how to drive a manual transmission. Embarrassing as it is to admit, I had to have my mom drive it home from the dealer. The next day, I taught myself how to drive stick, putting 60 miles on the supercharged hot hatch, just puttering around my neighborhood. After a week, I was trying to heel-toe, which required actual reading – this was before the days of YouTube, after all. Oh, how I wish I'd had this video.

It comes from the excellent YouTube channel Engineering Explained and it explains (duh) not just how you do it, but what's happening inside your gearbox when you blip that throttle and match revs. Like its other driving-related videos – the double-clutch video is really good, too – EE takes a step-by-step approach to heel-and-toe downshifting, making it easy to follow along and picture each individual step. More than that, though, it actually explains the benefit of heeling and toeing (although it fails to point out the biggest and most important reason to do it – because it's damn good fun). After watching it, you should be equipped to hit the road and start practicing.

If you're new to driving a manual transmission or are looking to improve on your driving abilities, check out the video up top. And if you're still not sure how to drive a manual at all, check out our tutorials below.

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