diesel2029 Erster Beitrag: 6. Juli 2003 Letzter Beitrag: 29. August 2003 Hi all, after 10 years of driving various automatics, I would like to learn to drive a stick shift, so I'm going to take some lessons soon. I know the general layout of a manual transmission with the various gears, but I have a couple of questions: 1) If you are merging onto a highway, can you shift directly from 1st to 4th or 5th gear, bypassing 2nd and 3rd gears, without damaging the engine ??? What about downshifting (bypass or no bypass) ??? 2) While you are shifting gears, do you have to take your leg off the gas and keep it on the clutch or can you have one leg on the gas and the other on the clutch ??? Thanks.