Do you know how to drive a manual?.

@ausnikki (4055)
Brisbane, Australia
June 1, 2007 6:25am CST
When I first was starting to learn how to drive I started learning in a manual.My driving instructor was useless! During one lesson he would tell me to do something in a certain way and in the next when I did what he told me he would tell me I was doing it wrong.The end result? I failed my driving test twice.I was not happy,so I decided to get a new instructor.When I changed instructors I decided to go with an automatic car.The end result there? I had one lesson with the new instructor and passed my driving test with flying colours.I have been driving an automatic ever since.I just don't feel comfortable driving a manual thanks to that instructor.Do you drive a manual or an automatic car?.
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@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
8 Jun 07
I can drive both manual and auto cars. I learned driving using manual car, it is a must here. I can relate to your experience as I also took my driving license twice. I was panic and in a hurry to get my driving license and it contribute to my failure. When I bought my first car, it was a manual car. I proudly told my mom that only 'clever-and-good' driver drives manual car while auto car is for 'not-so-clever-and-not-so-alert' driver. The very first time I drove to my office alone, I was really afraid. I spent my night ( a day before the real driving experience) thinking on how to brake, how to control the car and how to stop the car in the middle of the traffic jam and traffic lights,how to drive uphill and so on (so amazing life!)
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@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
13 Jun 07
It is easier driving an auto.My manual instructor was useless so I had no hope of getting my licence with him teaching me.
@ctrymuziklvr (11060)
• United States
1 Jun 07
I wish I did but I learned on an automatic and stuck with that. I've tried manual and I don't think I'm very well coordinated because I could never get the foot pedal and hand movements to quite go together...lol...
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
1 Jun 07
Lol a manual is quite tricky to get the hang of.Autos are so much easier lol
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@MarkyB21 (1545)
1 Jun 07
I was taught in a manual car and drive one now - I have driven automatics but I still prefer the manual because you are always in full control of the car which you're not with an automatic.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
1 Jun 07
I have always felt in full control in my automatics.
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@shoelover (896)
• Australia
1 Jun 07
Yes I drive a manual car. I love the idea of being able to hop in any car I like and be able to drive it efficiently. I have also taught two of my daughters how to drive manual cars but my other daughter doesn't really have the co-ordination for driving a manual so I taught her how to drive an automatic. I do know what you mean about the driving instructors though. My youngest daughter is currently learning on how to drive a manual and the instructor she had has really different views on how to drive than I do lol. I would definately say I am a safer driver than that instructor though and am in the process of finding a different instructor than that one.
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@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
1 Jun 07
It sounds like a different instructor is needed for your daughter.Some instructors just don't seem to even know how to drive safely themselves.Both of my kids are about to get their learners.Guess who's job it falls to to teach them!
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• Singapore
1 Jun 07
my first car was a manual, and it was a gift from my dad and i thought nothing about it...everything came easy for me (even without the power steering!) until i bought my own auto car on 2005...gosh! heaven!! i don't complain so much when i'm stuck in a slow crawling traffic nowadays..
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@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
1 Jun 07
Hello stranger,long time no see! I hope all is well with you :) I agree driving an auto is heaven.You really don't have to think about it.
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@us2owls (1681)
• United States
1 Jun 07
I learned to drive in a manual shift 1 ton farm truck. My brother-in-law taught me. At first I drove in a field then graduated to the country backroads. We owned a small manual shift car for a while them my husband got me my own car and it was automatic. I drove whichever one was nearest to the end of the driveway to the house for a long time. Now I have a customized van and it is automatic. I love it. Don't thimnkI would ever go back to a manual shift vehicle - the automatic is so much easier when driving in heavy traffic and driving on the interstate highways.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
1 Jun 07
Wow,you had a great place to learn to drive.I agree that autos are so much easier when driving in heavy traffic.
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
1 Jun 07
I drive a manual car, in fact I wouldn't know how to drive an automatic car, people laugh at me when I say that but I really don't know how as the three cars I have had have all been manual cars and that was what I learnt in....
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
1 Jun 07
Lol fair enough.Automatics are so easy to drive,especially compared to manuals.
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@alamzaib (1287)
• Pakistan
1 Jun 07
oh I never drive manual .
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@Garion (700)
• United States
12 Jul 07
I learned to drive in a manual car and drove one for roughly ten years but for the last 4 years I have driven an automatic and would probably find it hard going back to manual, the luxury of not having to constantly change gear has made me lazy.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
4 Aug 07
I agree that driving an auto does make you lazy lol
@goleador (137)
• Mexico
8 Jun 07
I learned by watching my dad driving a manual but I started with an automatic when I was 8 years old in Mexico, then I learned to drive a manual, it is harder but I like it more than automatic because I like moving the gear shift front and back.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
13 Jun 07
Wow 8 is very young to learn to drive.
@msvenzon (424)
• Philippines
4 Jun 07
I'm driving manual car til now. I'm happy that I learn from a manually operated car because I can now learn automatic easily. I believe it's easier to learn from manual to automatic than vice versa.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
4 Jun 07
You are probably right.It would be easier to go from a manual to an automatic.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
2 Jun 07
I drive a Manual Car as I do not like Automatics at all My Boyfriend actually drives an Automatic lol but I do not like them I find them boring to drive
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
3 Jun 07
Hello there my friend.I just lost interest in manuals after the useless instructor.I prefer my auto lol
@hiandrw (30)
• United States
2 Jun 07
My car is a automatic, but when i can i drive my dads car, it has a manual. i like his car a lot more. The auto makes driving a chore and boring, at least with a manual there is something to concentrate on other than "was that light yellow or red when i finally got threw it?"
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
2 Jun 07
There are alot that prefer manuals,and alot that prefer autos.
@MsTickle (24980)
• Australia
2 Jun 07
I'm currently driving an automatic and have done for the past 12 years. I learned on a manual and passed my driving test first go. I love the ease of driving an automatic but I also love really driving by using the gears to power around corners, overtake etc. My car has the option to select lower gears and I rarely use them but recently I had to drive on a dirt road that was muddy and boggy. On the way out I swerved to miss a puddle and the car lost traction and slid across the road gaining speed and spinning out. Luckily I got it under control but I ended up bogged and had to be pulled out. On the return journey I selected a lower gear and drove very slowly, arriving home without any further mishap. How great it is to have the option to select a lower gear when it's required.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
2 Jun 07
Wow,it sounds like you had quite an adventure on that boggy,muddy road.It is good when you can select lower gears when required.
@huahua (33)
• China
1 Jun 07
you'd better buy this kind of book to help you.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
2 Jun 07
I don't need a book to help me.I have had my license for years now
@limcyjain (3523)
• India
1 Jun 07
Yes i have learnt to drive a manual recently but am still not perfect. All i need now is practice. And my instructor none other than my husband and he took all the pain to see that i drive well. He has taught me well and whenever we move out he prefers that i drive while he is there by my side.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
2 Jun 07
You're lucky your husband is so patient.My ex husband was NOT going to teach me lol
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
1 Jun 07
I learned off a manual too. But I like driving an automatic better. I took my driving test using a automatic. And guess what I failed it too.LOL And I didnt have any excuse.LOL
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
2 Jun 07
Lol maybe we just needed that extra time to learn
@japboy (572)
• Malaysia
1 Jun 07
yeah i know how to drive a manual car.But now,i'm not sure if i can drive it or not because all car in my house are all in automatic.So it kinda hard to remember it.I didn't know that in other country,you can use a automatic car to take a driving license?? In my country,we only have to use the manual car to take the driving license and i pass my driving exam.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
1 Jun 07
Yes you can get your license in an automatic.Well you can in Australia and New Zealand.I don't know about other countries though.
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
1 Jun 07
UNtil the car I have now, I only drove a standard transmission. I really don't like an automatic but if they don't make the vehicle you want with a standard what can you do. When starting to drive an automatic, I was so happy people had seatbelts, since I would keep trying to clutch the brake. After 9 years, I still go to shift a stick shift that is not there.
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
1 Jun 07
It would be hard to change once you are used to a manual
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
1 Jun 07
I actually passed in a manual and have a full manual licence and that was back in 1989, ever since then I have been driving automatics, I love automatic, because I hate gear changing, and when you're in traffic it's a nightmare. Automatic's are far easier to drive and make driving far more enjoyable too. Although I can drive a manual I would never drive a manual for the rest of my natural, I hate them. Automatics every time for me!
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
1 Jun 07
I agree wolfie,autos for me every time too.They are so easy to drive. I haven't really driven a manual in bad traffic and I don't want to lol