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I Can Drive a Stick Shift

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    Reynolt Reynolt 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 8

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    A stick shift.. That names racth.

    It's a manual.. Well here it is.
    XXimdeadinsideXX XXimdeadinsideXX 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 25

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    spun222499 spun222499 26-30, M Feb 4

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    When ever i drive at sea side .

    . I miss you :( ... The thing is my house and my office both are on sea side .. Now you see how much i miss you :'(
    Jibran789 Jibran789 22-25, M Jan 23

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    "Real drivers drive with three pedals.

    " Or at the very least know how to! There is no better way to be in sync with a car and let's be honest as long as you're not in traffic manual is way more fun then automatic!
    LivviyLove LivviyLove 16-17, F 12 Responses Jun 3, 2014

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    I don't know why people have problems driving

    stick shift vehicles. My Parents taught me on an old truck how to shift gears, double clutch, standard 3,4, 5 speeds and 2 speed rear ends. I find greater control is possible with a stick.
    LanaLarson66 LanaLarson66 46-50, F 6 Responses Nov 6, 2014

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    When I was learning to drive my sadistic father

    use to take me to this road that was about a 40 degree angle with a stop sign at the top. There was never much traffic but he made me stop and wait for at least a minute. I can't remember how many times I killed the engine or rolled too far backward. He wasn't really sadistic...
    Johngi77 Johngi77 70+, M 5 Responses a week ago

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    biwhisper biwhisper 41-45, F 4 Responses Mar 1

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    The Only Way To Drive A Car

    Stick shift is far superior and you get to feel like a freakin' race car driver.  I learned how to drive in a manual car because my dad felt that everyone should have the ability to drive a stick. My oldest brother actually ended up teaching me. Which caused the first car I...
    KiraEliseStClair KiraEliseStClair 26-30, F 4 Responses May 22, 2012

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    My boyfriend at the time was a big horse

    trainer. So we went to check on a horse that was coming in the barn. Any way they just hayed so he bought 50 bails . But the only problem is they was in the field. And his truck was a stick. So I couldn't drive it so I had to load the truck. On the 25 bail I decided that I was...
    jeankachew jeankachew 51-55, F 1 Response Jan 23

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    Anonymousanonymous319 Anonymousanonymous319 18-21, M 3 Responses Feb 25

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    I love the fact that nowadays (in the US at

    least) having a stick shift is a theft prevention device.
    sonotmyrealusername sonotmyrealusername 31-35, M 6 Responses Mar 30

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    A long time ago in a land far far away,

    EP used to have this section called "goals". And in this section you could add experiences that you aspired to achieve someday. Mine included "I give good brain" and "I can drive a stick shift" and "I rode on a motorcycle" and a bunch of other ones. Then one day the goals...
    Fallflower Fallflower 36-40, F 7 Responses Feb 23

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    I hate when I'm up a hill

    and the vehicle behind decides to get up on my ***. D:< if your going to ride my *** at least pull my hair!!
    UniversalSigh UniversalSigh 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 31, 2014

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    We're Born With The Ability...

    I mean, I'm from Belgium, Europe -one of those countries where even American Import cars have a stick shift, so, yes, I can drive it.Even the unsynchronized gearboxes -like Ferrari or Maserati has them- are not a problem. An unsynchronized gearbox means you have to go to neutral...
    jimmyrudyjump jimmyrudyjump 51-55, M 6 Responses Oct 12, 2011

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    When I was 22 years old,

    my boyfriend who is now my husband, taught me how to drive stick shift. You would think he would have taken me to an empty parking lot to start. No, that would have required patience and insight, attributes he has very little of, even now. If you can believe it, he switched...
    Artvg Artvg 41-45, F 5 Responses Oct 5, 2014

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    When I first started driving my Dad taught me

    in his truck which is a stick shift. My car now is a stick. Honestly, its way better. Automatic is boring!
    laurenstone97 laurenstone97 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 29

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    I learned to drive in dad's 67 mustang on the

    back country roads. no power steering or power brakes, full-color sized blind spots- it was a '67 fastback 4 on the floor - and dad still has the beauty.
    lucky4lucy lucky4lucy 46-50, F 8 Responses 5 days ago

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    spaten74 spaten74 36-40, M 2 Responses Feb 7

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    I had to learn when I bought my first car.

    The car salesman taught me before I bought it. I still stalled a few times before I got the hang of it. It's just not a sports car if you don't have to shift gears.
    TMBlonde1970 TMBlonde1970 41-45, F 4 Responses Apr 8

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    And double clutch too.

    Thanks trucking school.
    convertihd convertihd 46-50, M Apr 11

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    I am beginning to learn to drive a manual

    transmission. I'm going out on somewhat busy roads for the 2nd time today. Does anyone have any pointers?
    littlewallflower1 littlewallflower1 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 4

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    Zoom Zoom

    Nothing less than a 6-speed, thank you :)
    BebeKitten BebeKitten 31-35, F 6 Responses Nov 1, 2013

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    Three On The Tree

    My first vehicle was a 1966 Ford F250 pickup truck with a three-on-the-tree transmission. It was a lot of fun learning to drive stick on a truck like that. In those days they didn't have "automesh", so to downshift you had to get your RPMs at just the right rate or else there...
    zincthink zincthink 31-35, M 6 Responses Jan 10, 2013

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    I really miss my first truck.

    She was a 5 speed and so much fun to drive. And reliable. What a great truck. I miss her. She's lives somewhere in Mexico, now.
    SunshineEddy SunshineEddy 31-35, F 5 Responses 5 days ago

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    So I should start this with "I'm English,

    so...". The whole automatic gearbox thing hasn't really caught on over this side of the pond; I much prefer telling my car what to do, than having it suggest things for me to comply with! I know it's probably less efficient, but there's a certain element of control that I enjoy...
    jahosijhs jahosijhs 26-30, M 5 Responses Nov 14, 2014

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    Before I went to take my driver's test I had to

    learn how to drive a manual. It was a rule in our family. Looking back I'm so glad my dad forced me into learning how to but at the time I despised him for it. For the longest time I thought I could only have the gas or clutch in. There was no in between. Not even in the midst...
    TheKristaJo TheKristaJo 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 11

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    It's sort of a common thing living in England.

    I got the chance to drive an automatic over the weekend, and I really didn't like it. It's been a year today since I got my first car, and I'll admit that I was terrified to drive. I always thought that I would prefer automatic, since there's no risk of rolling back on hills or...
    The2ndLaw The2ndLaw 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 1

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    My father believed that

    if you can not drive a stick shift, you can not drive. So, one day he drove home with a shiny black 1965 Mustang for all of us to learn to drive. Classic H pattern on the floor. But, every time we were suppose to practice my father had the car. We all laugh about it today and...
    SweetMae SweetMae 61-65, F 29 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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    salix75 salix75 36-40, F 4 Responses Feb 15, 2014

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    I Can Drive A Stick Shift

    I can drive a manual car. must admit manual cars and autos both have their advantages and disadvantages. some moments i wish i had an automatic but majority of the time i love my manual car, so much more fun to drive but really is a pain when crawling in rush hour traffic
    littlebuns littlebuns 18-21, F 9 Responses Oct 25, 2013

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    I have driven stick shift transmissions in

    farm tractors, pickup trucks, trucks and semi trucks. I've been doing it all my life since I was 10 years old.
    truckin365 truckin365 51-55, M Apr 5

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    I would like to state at this time

    that I do not now, nor have I ever owned an automatic. I also love manual SLR film cameras, sail boats and wood stoves because they make me engage actively in the process and I derive a great deal of satisfaction from doing it skilfully.
    crossproduct crossproduct 41-45, F 3 Responses Nov 9, 2014

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    Rahat96 Rahat96 18-21, M 3 Responses Feb 28

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    I'm always amazed when people say they can't

    drive a stick shift. I owe my ability to my dad. He took me out on old dirt roads and patiently taught me. I guess people who didn't learn didn't get that opportunity like I did .
    dgrantmhs dgrantmhs 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 1

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    I had to go rescue my lover

    after he ended up getting a tooth pulled and bone graft. Two Ativan and no driving so I took the bus over to him and drove his half ton back home up over hill and dale, shifting like mad and over revving occasionally. I got the job done! Go me.
    Dotbar Dotbar 51-55, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    very poorly…am making progress

    that I can drive without stalling.
    H20baby H20baby 31-35, F 8 Responses Mar 30

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    I learned to drive in a car with a stick shift.

    Since then, I've always had at least one muscle car in my garage, not only in the past, but currently. So, not only can I still drive one, I can still crack off a mean power-shift or two, so I haven't slowed down that much, there.
    CowGirlFan CowGirlFan 56-60, M 5 Responses Jan 3

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    I love driving stick,

    it makes me feel like a racecar driver and boys take a double look when they see me driving stick :)
    Etherealrose Etherealrose 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 30

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    The first time I learned how to drive stick was

    when I was 10 and my dad picked me up from in the old Jeep I miss those times
    DeeDeS DeeDeS 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 23

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    I drive a stick by choice:

    when I bought my Mini I made sure it had a manual transmission. I love to drive through county roads!
    carloscrossdresser carloscrossdresser 46-50, M 4 days ago

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    Real Muscle Cars Don'T Have Slushboxes

    I have two cars. A 2008 Shelby Cobra and a 1970 Olds 442 Ram Air convert able. Both have manual transmissions. Because that's how God wanted it LOL.
    TexasTerri TexasTerri 46-50, F 13 Responses Jan 27, 2013

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    katariffik katariffik 31-35, F 7 Responses Nov 17, 2014

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    I first learned to drive a stick shift out of

    necessity while driving my ex-girlfriend's car in the mountains of Japan almost 15 years ago. I drove an automatic when I came back to the U.S. not knowing what I was missing. I bought my first car with a manual transmission a little over a year ago. 35,000 miles later and to...
    DefierOfFate DefierOfFate 31-35, M 2 Responses Jan 29

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    bilnic bilnic 70+, M 3 Responses Feb 27

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    Manual Transmission A.k.a. Stick Shift

    For those who wish to feel in charge of the driving experience... For those who wanna experience real driving.... For those who can handle it.... I've never driven a car with automatic transmission; I've always been in complete control of the car.  My wishes are its...
    mysteryman mysteryman 26-30, M 13 Responses Oct 14, 2008

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