I Can Drive Stick, But I Do Not Like To
January 27, 2018 12:38pm CST
I can drive a car with manual transmission thanks to my husband's love of sports cars. He is a good teacher, and I caught on right away. However, I do not like driving a car with manual transmission due to all the work involved in driving a car that has that darn stick shift. Pressing the clutch with my left leg makes the knee I injured in high school gymnastics take a beating. When I stop on a hill with the clutch engaged, the car will roll back when I take my foot off the break to accelerate after the stop. That rolling back of my car has me panicking due to my fear of rolling back too much and hitting the car behind me. According to US News and World Report, only 18% of Americans can drive a car with a stick shift. Only around 5% of the cars sold in the US today have manual transmissions. I would think it would be rather difficult to resell a car with manual transmission. Also, the resale value of a car with manual transmission would most likely be less than the same car with an automatic transmission.
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• United States
@Marty1 Yes - I drive now. Though I am careful to plan my routes (I will go out of my way, or go at odd times of day to avoid busy routes that make me nervous) - and if I'm going somewhere new (another panic situation) I research it first as much as is possible. A lot of people don't "get it" though. I respect you for not pursuing driving if you do not feel comfortable .... but that must have been a cute joke lol
Only 11% of cars in France have automatic transmissions. All my cars had manual transmissions, and I feel very uncomfortable with an automatic transmission, it is too wishy-washy, I am never sure to reach quickly a good speed to overtake another car. Although it is possible and cheaper to have a driving licence only for cars with automatic transmissions, French do not like them...
@mrki444 The license is free (something like a 15 Euros fiscal stamp), but today in France it is mandatory to have 20 hours of driving lessons in a driving school to obtain a driving license for manual (and automatic) transmissions, but it is 13 hours for automatic transmissions only, so it is a 25% saving on the lessons. I had my car driving license 40 years ago, after only 5 hours of driving lessons. I had already a driving license for big bikes (500cc or more) which was more difficult to obtain than a car license, and there was no mandatory hours of lessons at this time.
• Moses Lake, Washington
I learned to drive on a stick shift. Not sure I can do it now. My daughter drives a stick- gads on her constant shifting when I visited her in busy Tucson. She said that her legs were getting exhausted after a day of showing me around.
• United States
@sallypup I did drive it. Silver it was. Then came the silver Porsche. After that the black Jaguar F-type sitting in the garage now. I have never driven the Jaguar even though it has both automatic and manual. My husband is a car nut, but I have no interest in them. I have to say the Jaguar is the prettiest one of them all.
• Fairfield, Texas
The first car I ever drove at 13 was a stick shift @Corbin5 . Dad wanted to make sure I could handle it. I hated the rolling backward thing too and can you imagine doing it today with the fact that people think they have to pull up TO YOUR BUMPER? Automatic for me all the way.
@Corbin5 It depends on how people use the car. Acceleration with manual transmission is superior and automatic transmissions still need to be serviced far more often than manual transmissions . In Europe and Japan, more than 80 percent of cars sold have manual transmissions. This is very different in the United States. Different roads, different needs.
• United States
My fiancé owned majority stick shift cars. I did manage to learn but didn’t have the courage to go on streets just the parking lot. Learned but definitely not called passing enough lol. I stalled a couple of times and most definitely will never go on a Hill. I’m afraid of hills even in an automatic, lol. We didn’t have any problems selling stick shift cars here, just sold one last year.
• Trinidad And Tobago
I learn to drive with both but it has been about 30 years since I drove a manual. All my cars are now automatic. And you can hardly buy a manual car any more. I learn to use my left foot on both clutch and break while the right touches the ex. I like knowing about things.
• Brussels, Belgium
@Corbin5 I think only the really skilled drivers can manage to start a car uphill without rolling it back. It takes a lot of practice and getting used to. No matter how fast I put my foot on the accelerator my car always rolls back a bit.
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
I taught my oldest son how to drive stick after not having been in one myself in about 20 years. It's a bit like riding a bicycle for me. I drive the manual stick car in our fleet once in a while and always find myself looking for the clutch and trying to shift when I switch back to one of our automatic vehicles.