So what are the benefits of driving a manual transmission? First, you control the gear changes, so it is usually more economical if you drive it correctly. When driving a manual transmission, you have more control over the car than an automatic. This also for faster acceleration and gear changing whenever you want to. Driving manual or stick-shift will be somewhat difficult at first, but within 1-2 weeks of following this guide and practicing, it will become second nature.
Shifting, is a lot easier than starting to move the car. Look at the H pattern on the stick shift to learn the different gears. You shift from 1-2-3-4-5 and then to 6 if you have a 6th gear. How do you know when to shift? You can either look at the rpms or the speed you are going at. You should usually shift at 2.5k to 3k rpms.The speed to shift gears varies on the car you are driving, so look at the instruction manual to determine the speeds.