by Anthony Capirayan, SSP
I press the clutch pedal down to the floor, turn on the ignition switch, shift the knob to first gear, and then slightly release the clutch up to its biting point. The car moves slowly as I give it a little gas. I apply more pressure on the accelerator and quickly shift to second gear, then to third, for a sportier feel . . . until my instructor tells me to slow down.