Step 4: Release the clutch pedal. “Dump” the clutch pedal by quickly lifting your left foot up.

Because you’ve approximately matched the engine speed with your desired gear, you shouldn’t notice a dramatic deceleration or acceleration when you release the clutch.

If your engine speed is quite different from where it should be, you may find the shift is quite harsh. Learn from it and adjust your engine speed appropriately for your next attempt at a double-clutch downshift.

You can use the double-clutch downshift method either to decelerate with less stress on your gearbox or to crisply downshift for hard acceleration in a lower gear. Learning to drive your vehicle using precision methods such as double-clutching can cause increased wear on components. You may need to have your clutch inspected or your transmission fluid changed more regularly, which one of YourMechanic’s technicians can do for you.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Double-Clutch Downshift a Manual Transmission Car and was authored by Jason Unrau.


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