What to Do When You Stall the Car

October 20, 2016 at 1:45 PM


A manual car will usually stall as a result of two things; either you let out the clutch too quickly, or the engine's revolutions per minute (RPM) dropped too low causing the engine to stop.

You can avoid stalling your vehicle by ensuring that your clutch release is always done slowly. Don’t fully release the clutch until you feel the car ‘bite’ i.e. when you hear the engine engage and the car’s front slightly lifts.

If you happen to stall the car, the key thing is to remain calm and not panic. Stalling a manual is quite common for learners and even experienced drivers will occasionally have this problem.

If you do stall, follow this procedure.

  • Press the brake.
  • Press the clutch all the way in.
  • Shift to neutral.
  • Start the engine.
  • Put the car in first gear.

Make sure to check your mirrors and blind spots before you take off. Practice this before you start taking lessons on the road to ensure you can quickly and confidently restart the car if it stalls.

Category: Driving Techniques