If you drive a manual – or used to, not long before your battery died – there may be one last, life-giving option you haven’t considered. Even without parking on a hill, you can still get your manual started with help from a few friends and a running start. Follow the simple steps below to learn how to push start a car and get back on the road before you know it.
Steps for Push Starting a Car
- Sitting in the driver seat, turn your ignition on
- Make sure your transmission is in second gear
- Signal your friends to push until the vehicle reaches 5-10 mph
- Release the clutch to ensure your engine rotates and fires
- Press down on the clutch so your ride doesn’t stall – and you’re off
There are many perks to driving a manual, including better fuel economy, easier repair jobs and the possibility of bump starting a car even with a dead battery under the hood. When that occurs, just follow our guide on how to pop start a car. For a more permanent fix, check out our wide variety of high-quality batteries and battery chargers to guarantee every turn of the ignition inspires a robust roar from your engine.