I always end upshifting from D to 3 (because I don't like to go full throttle)
That's a downshift, not an upshift...and why are you afraid of using the entire accelerator pedal travel range? A Corolla isn't going to pull a wheelie or get sideways if your right foot gets too aggressive. At low RPM the difference between 60% throttle and WOT isn't very much power at all, the second half of the pedal's travel is basically just controlling the slushbox unless you're at high RPM (and if you're at high RPM then you're already prepared for all the blistering power that the car can muster).
I even close my eyes during this practice to enhance my senses instead of relying on my eyes (to feel every motion and listening to every sound with my mind).
Don't close your eyes. Use every
tool at your disposal - all appropriate senses, all indications (look not only at movement of the car but also at the tachometer). Save the heroics for when you're confident and practiced. You wouldn't want your kid to ride a bike with no hands and no training wheels the first time, you'd want his hands on the handlebars until his sense of balance is great, only then would you expect him to say "look dad, no hands!".
- Launch very slowly
- Reved up the engine and jerks to the front
- Stall and people in the back are honking
Is it because I'm still not yet feeling the friction point?
Yup. It's normal. With lots of seat time and patience and anguish you'll improve. The exercises in my meta-sig, which you said you're practiced, are about all I know to speed it up but they're not magic.
I shift ~3000RPM but I can't seem to catch the engine drop fast and smooth enough until it falls under ~1800RPM.
You could give it a little gas during the shift. That statement is purposely vague...just fool around with it until you find something you like.
In most videos, I see people slamming the stick in gear to look cool (they even say it -_-'). However, when I'm shifting, I tend to stop at the neutral gear a bit before putting it in the desired gear. In other words, my shifting is like a 2-step motion. Is it because the car is still new (just a month old) or am I being too soft to the stick?
You're probably being too soft. Go ahead and flick it directly to its destination without any artificial waiting. Don't forget that it doesn't have to travel around the corners drawn on the diagram; actual
shifting is straight or a straight diagonal line (except extreme sideways shifts like 5th to 2nd).
Lastly, stop signs. I know a lot of people cheat during stop signs by keeping the car rolling a bit and pick up from there at 2nd gear to avoid starting from 1st. I try to do that too.
Don't cheat. You'll eventually get a ticket for that - and the insurance rate hike is much more painful than the fine on the ticket.
On a street between 2 stop signs, I accelerate from 2nd and shift to 3rd gear because I feel like the engine is reving at 2500RPM.
In that repeat-stop-sign situation, forget the cruising shift to 3rd. Accelerate to speed and coast in neutral until you stop at the next stop sign...especially if you're going to brake after a couple seconds.
After shifting, I have to start braking after one or 2 seconds because I'm coming to the stop sign. Now because I'm already in the 3rd gear, I disengage the clutch while braking, leave the car rolling a bit, put in 2nd gear, and then slowly release the clutch. Most of the time, it works, and there are times I would stall. I could leave it in 2nd gear the whole time, but I feel the engine working too much. Am I being paranoid?
If it's really like that, you can afford to roll for two seconds in 2nd at 2500RPM.
Those times that you stall, you're going too slow for 2nd. Your options are:
1. Shift into 1st instead (might be difficult or might encourage double-clutching)
2. "rolling 2nd launch" - this is foot motions like launching from a stop, but you're not stopped and you're in 2nd instead of 1st.
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