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I learned how to drive 5 speed tonight!!

post #1 of 25
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I am so excited!!

Now I can shop for all cars and not just automatics!! I am so thrilled because I couldn't find any automatics in town..

Now I can race my car

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
post #2 of 25
lol that is cool. good job!!!

i remember my sister broke down crying trying to teach her to drive stick shift(why can;t we have a car like normal people)

i have never liked auto's but many places now charge you extra for stick shift.
post #3 of 25
Wow, you are a fast learner! Hooray for you! Standards are a lot more fun to drive.

When my husband was learning, I made him a little sign (on a wooden stick) that said,

LEARNING
TO DRIVE
STANDARD

and on the other side

THANK YOU
FOR PATIENCE

When he'd get stalled in traffic, he'd stick the sign out the window and people would laugh instead of getting angry.

BTW, never learn to drive in Boston, of all places!
post #4 of 25
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
Wow, you are a fast learner! Hooray for you! Standards are a lot more fun to drive.

When my husband was learning, I made him a little sign (on a wooden stick) that said,

LEARNING
TO DRIVE
STANDARD

and on the other side

THANK YOU
FOR PATIENCE

When he'd get stalled in traffic, he'd stick the sign out the window and people would laugh instead of getting angry.

BTW, never learn to drive in Boston, of all places!
It actually felt very natural to me..On the way home from my friends place, I was pretending that my car was standard Its way more fun. I learned in like 20 minutes..and only stalled it maybe 3 times. It was way easier than I thought
post #5 of 25
Congrats!!! I love driving a standard.
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
It actually felt very natural to me..On the way home from my friends place, I was pretending that my car was standard Its way more fun. I learned in like 20 minutes..and only stalled it maybe 3 times. It was way easier than I thought
It's pretty easy to learn. Some years back a friend of mine traded cars with her cousin for a day because he needed a truck. We had plans to go shopping and run errands. She called me and was totally freaked when she went to his car to find it was a standard. She didn't know how to drive one! LOL I gave her instructions over the phone. She managed to make it to my house and I took over from there. Now she drives a semi truck!
post #7 of 25
Congrats Now you can really drive.
post #8 of 25
It's fun, isn't it?
post #9 of 25
I was taught on a standard, as is the norm back home in the UK

Have fun racing, Nat!
post #10 of 25
My first 3 cars were standards, and I just taught my son how to drive a standard on his car...I love them. They are so much fun!! Happy car hunting.
post #11 of 25
I actually just traded my manual car in. My first two cars were stick and I LOVED it. I love being in that minority that could drive stick. But driving the stick in Washington DC traffic everyday day to and from work was getting on my nerves so now I drive an automatic.
post #12 of 25
Now you'll really be dangerous Nat..... be careful racing, I'd hate for your insurance to have to go up....
post #13 of 25
I have an automatic because the car I decided on has a clutch I don't like, but I miss it.

I remember when I learned to drive a manual, I had an issue with downshifting, so I didn't slow down as much as I should have. Gave dad some white knuckle moments in the parking lot.
post #14 of 25
That's great! Now you'll be able to drive anything that comes your way!

Is it not the norm to learn on a manual in the US? I'm just curious - I learnt on a manual and have never owned an automatic, although sometimes they're nice to drive.

You're right though, manuals are much more fun! Makes you feel like you're actually doing something
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by KitEKats4Eva! View Post
That's great! Now you'll be able to drive anything that comes your way!

Is it not the norm to learn on a manual in the US? I'm just curious - I learnt on a manual and have never owned an automatic, although sometimes they're nice to drive.

You're right though, manuals are much more fun! Makes you feel like you're actually doing something
The US tends to lean more towards automatics. In fact, it is harder to find manuals except on the high performance cars.l
post #16 of 25
I *love* standards. I'm on board with the "not going to drive one in DC traffic" though. So not happening.. But, we have an automatic anyway.. my sister is dyslexic and god knows, I keep offering to try to teach her, but I don't know that she'll ever be able to get it if we try. I will, however, buy my own standard sometime soon.

Luv em.
post #17 of 25
That's great Nat...I drove one once it went pretty good

My car has a thing where I can shift gears manually but there is no clutch...every once in a while I do it like that for fun
post #18 of 25
I think it probably makes sense to have predominantly automatics in the States. The traffic there is not quite the sort where you'd want to be gearing up and gearing down every few seconds!

My brother owns an automatic because he does a lot of driving in the city, and constantly changing gears is a pain. Dad owns one too because, well, he's lazy! They do use more fuel but it's a nice smooth ride. I like using one every now and again but I don't think I'd ever buy one. I like to manually accelerate through the gears - feels more powerful
post #19 of 25
John taught me last summer, but I've totally forgotten how! I think they are so fun... his Neon is a stick, and I'm hoping he'll teach me again when its fixed!
Yay for you learning so quickly!
post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 
Okay, I am kinda freaked out now about driving a stick..I remembered last night as I was falling asleep that a girl from my high school got hit by a semi because she turned in front of it and stalled her car..She was killed.

Am I freaked out for no reason? Now I am having second thoughts about owning a standard...:censor::censor::censor::censor:.
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Okay, I am kinda freaked out now about driving a stick..I remembered last night as I was falling asleep that a girl from my high school got hit by a semi because she turned in front of it and stalled her car..She was killed.

Am I freaked out for no reason? Now I am having second thoughts about owning a standard...:censor::censor::censor::censor:.
I think you will be fine - just take extra care while you are still learning.
post #22 of 25
We got an automatic last year, after 25 years of stick shifts. A standard transmission is just no fun for city driving, and yes, you do have to be very careful not to stall while learning.
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Okay, I am kinda freaked out now about driving a stick..I remembered last night as I was falling asleep that a girl from my high school got hit by a semi because she turned in front of it and stalled her car..She was killed.

Am I freaked out for no reason? Now I am having second thoughts about owning a standard...:censor::censor::censor::censor:.
No, I don't think it's an issue. That car obviously either had problems.. which would quite probably have happened in an automatic as well, or the girl didn't know how to properly drive a standard. It's pretty obvious, or at least it was to me, that I didn't have complete control/mastery of the clutch/gear shift yet when I was learning. It took me a while to completely learn it. I *never* felt comfortable enough to try something like that when I was learning. You just know you're not fast enough to do a speed start when you haven't mastered it yet.

I think it's just as possible to see that type of thing in a standard as it is an automatic, and I don't think it makes a standard any less safe. I also think that given you're already cautious about it, you're going to be mentally aware of the dangers and drive conservatively as opposed to aggressively. I don't think you have anything to worry about.
post #24 of 25
Well done Nat - you have done very well to master it so quickly - and don't let the scare stories in the new put you off - you have opened up a whole world of different cars to you now, and can really start enjoying the control you have!!

DH's car is a big lazy executive auto box and I hate driving it - I don't like the idea of the car being in control!!!
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
I am so excited!!

Now I can shop for all cars and not just automatics!! I am so thrilled because I couldn't find any automatics in town..

Now I can race my car

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
OK, now learn to drive a 6 speed and I will let you drive my new Porsche!
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