I’m still new to manuals, and I have a couple questions about downshifting to slow the car. I know that it causes more wear and tear on the clutch, but that’s not what I’m concerned about.
Specifically, what’s the proper way of downshifting? Say your car is going 45 in 4th gear, but you you need to slow down to 30. From what i’d heard, you’d put in the clutch, shift to 3rd, then slowly release the clutch until 3rd gear is engaged. But from what I’ve read recently, it seems my understanding may be incorrect (because you’d want the clutch to be released as quickly as possible.
So how should one actually go about downshifting? Please explain to this mechanically uninclined idiot.