Can you drive a stick shift?

@devideddi (1436)
United States
January 19, 2007 8:15pm CST
I can but I know many people who can't. I only learned about five years ago. Now I love to drive our truck. I have been teaching my 16yr old and 18 year old. Boy have we been jerking and jumping all over the place! Have you ever taught anyone?
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22 responses
@ugachaka (297)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I've tried and I just end up feeling bad for the car. First time I tried, no one told me I had to take my foot off the clutch. I probably did serious damage to the flywheel. About 6 months later, that car ended up needing a new clutch and it was fairly new. It's probably best for everyone involved if I stick to automatics, and nothing bigger than a sedan.
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@NewHeart (528)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
well if you read your replies this will help you to teach them a little faster. take them one at a time to a road with a long gradual slope to it start at the bottom travel 50 or 60 feet stop at the side and have them no pull away normally keep it up a few times within a short time they will be driving like a pro. remember don't let them ride the clutch. its harder to do it today in the newer vehicles with self adjusting clutches. good thing since they now cost 800.00 to fix enless its 4 wheel drive then its about or up to 1800.00...
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@NewHeart (528)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
forgot to mention i use to teach new bees how to drive a bus in the city years back. wasn't supposed to cause when i did it was on my own time hated to see someone loose their job because whomever taught them before me was rushing them through before they were really ready...
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• United States
20 Jan 07
Yes and I think everyone who takes a driving test should have do it with a manual transmission. Anyone can steer an automatic but to really "drive" a car it has to be a stick shift.
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@sarah22 (3980)
• United States
20 Jan 07
well, i learnt how to drive with a stick but i now drive an automatic and have not driven a stick in years. i could if i tred but i prefer an automatic
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@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Yes, my first car was a stick shift so I had to learn how to drive a stick. I thought it was kind of fun. I burn out the first car though. I didn't know it wasn't okay to drive 45 mph in second or third. Used to wonder why the car would start to shake as I cruised along.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I learned on a stick. So when I drove an automatic it was such a breeze for me. I dont like driving stick its a pain in the butt. I have become lazy now when it comes to driving. I never taught anyone to drive a stick I dont have the nerves for it. Happy driving.
@pagli84 (1850)
• Netherlands
20 Jan 07
i dont know how to drive stick. i can only drive automatic, but i'd love to learn stick sometime soon. i guess it would be more useful here in europe. it seems hard though!
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@eaforeman6 (8983)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I tried it a few times and was very bad with it. I also decided to stay away from that FOR GOOD. i HAVENT DONE IT ANYMORE. My poor aunt tried to teach me and she had so much patience. I just wasnt comfortable with it.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
I never learned how to drive stick shift. I would love to learn but can't find anyone to teach me. Maybe I can get my bf to teach me one day.
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@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
20 Jan 07
i can not drive shift, i had one leasson from an ex boyfriend but that was it, i got too nearvous when i stalled it and the cars behind me were honking at me. so i will just drive my automatic
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• United States
20 Jan 07
I can but I'd rather not. I'm just not comfortable doing it. My dad taught me when I was 18. He thinks all people should at least know the basics of it. I know the basics but if you want any of your clutch left...leave me out the car!! My husband has a standard and wants me to practice up before he replaces the clutch. It has never been replaced and the truck is getting old.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
No, I cannot. I tried once and my husband was trying to teach me. After several jerks of the car, I gave up and so did he. I much prefer automatics and being able to drive without having to think to shift.
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@eunixia (387)
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
I remember when I was still a teenager. I used to bring our jeep outside when the folks are all asleep at night. its has a diesel ISUZU 4BE1 engine. You need to pump the clutch hard for the shift to get in.
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@Sarah1977 (495)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I learned how to drive a standard (stick shift) when I was 18 years old. It was soooo scary at first, but once you get the "feet-balancing" thing down, it' s a piece of cake. I tried to teach my sister, who is one year older then me, but she just could never get it. She was just too scared to even learn.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
I have not learned myself, but one day, I hope to. I have heard that if you can drive a stick shift, it is easier to handle on snow-covered streets, & saves gas. Also, I have heard that the engine &/or the transmission is not as complicated, & when repairs are needed, parts are cheaper. The only thing is - it does cost to replace the clutch.
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@smints8985 (1594)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I am now only learning to drive, and I am using an automatic and I'm still pretty not used to driving itself. Back in the Philippines, almost all cars are stick shifts, no wonder I never learned, it just feels like it's so complicated like you still have to manually shift gears and still has to step on the clutch.. ahhhh! Complicated! Maybe when I get used to driving an automatic it would be easier to maneuver with a stick shift, then I wouldn't be so paranoid about pedestrians and stuff..
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@yamiboo (466)
• Philippines
20 Jan 07
I first learned how to drive using manual transmission or stick shift. Now I can drive either stick or automatic. Stick shift is actually more fun coz you have total control of the speed, etc.
@brokentia (10394)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I can remember when I first learned to drive a stick! ha ha Wow! I stalled it a few times before learning how to let go slowly enough. And I am surprised I do not have whiplash to this day!!! LOL I have taught someone to drive a stick a long time ago. She stalled it a few times too. But she got the hang of it pretty quick. :) I am having a hard enough time teaching my 16 yr old to drive! LOL And it is an auto! LOL It is so bad, he doesn't want to drive with me anymore because I got a case of the giggles. LOL Now, I have to either not go or sit in the back seat behind her Dad. LOL But my goodness! He drives like it is a race car game! I couldn't help but giggle!
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@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
1 Aug 07
My first car was a stick shift. I remember it being tricky to learn, until my dad explained how the transmission worked, and then it all made sense! I have never taught anyone, though my husband and I drive a standard transmission. Maybe I'll have to teach my kids some day...
@dafnie (382)
• United States
30 Jul 07
I am 17 years old and I can't drive a stick shift but most of my friends can and pretty much everyone in my family can. I'd love to learn!