Please be courteous--leave the car in the same condition it started in, don't abuse it, and we'll be happy! Pets are OK--just don't leave a mess. Use a blanket to cover seats if your doggy is riding.
The car will always be cleaned inside and recently washed. However, because the car may have been sitting outside for a couple days prior to your rental, it could be somewhat dusty (L.A. air is not the cleanest!).
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I want to share some helpful tips for driving a manual transmission car so that you can drive as safely and efficiently as I do:
1. Always park the vehicle in gear, preferably 1st. Only engage the parking brake if on a grade
2. Always use 1st gear when starting from a stop
3. Engaging the clutch (letting out the clutch pedal) should always be done in a smooth manner, in concert with an increase in throttle pressure. Never “pop”, “drop” or “dump” the clutch [suddenly release it].
4. Generally upshift between 2,000 and 3,500 RPMs (ideal shift point varies by car)
5. Downshifting is OK but should not be used as a routine method of slowing the vehicle. Avoid downshifting through multiple gears (say, from 5th to 3rd)
6. Shift the car to neutral when stopped for extended periods, like at a stoplight
7. Don’t lug the engine, or accelerate when the gear is too high/engine speed is too low. Generally, the car is safe to accelerate as long as the engine is above 1,500 RPMs.
8. Avoid unnecessary use of the clutch pedal. More pedal action means more wear-and-tear.
9. DO NOT rest your foot on the clutch pedal.
10. DO NOT rest your hand on the gear shift knob
Slow acceleration, smooth shifts, and keeping RPMs as low as possible are the ingredients to efficient and long-lasting driving!