I Can Drive a Stick Shift

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    Learned to drive and took the test in a stick

    shift. All the cars I've owned have been stick. Looking to buy a new one now, and it'll be stick. I hate driving automatics, it feels so awkward and my left foot gets confused. How some people never learn I just don't understand.
    LaurelTree68 LaurelTree68
    46-50, F
    6 Responses Oct 11, 2014

    My first stick (manual) I drive an inherited

    1997 BMW 328i M3 Clone. I love how fast it is and would like to upgrade the engine when I have the finances to do so. Learning to drive a stick was extremely intimidating at first. My older brother promises that I did very well and now he tells me that I drive as he expected I...
    fami1001 fami1001
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Jun 19, 2015
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Nov 26, 2015

    do they still make these.

    I miss driving a stick. I miss it until about 15 mins of driving one in stop and go traffic. First gear second. first gear second back to first and seco--nope that was fourth and restart the car and first gear. now give me a fun curvy road and a fith of vodka and watch out.
    DirtyRead DirtyRead
    36-40, M
    5 Responses Apr 16

    I own a Jeep Wrangler vehicle,

    it's equipped with a 6 speed manual transmission. I enjoy shifting up through the gears as I go faster and faster. I try to challenge myself to make the shifting as smooth as possible. The only drawback is when you're driving in stop and go traffic, with all of the clutch...
    nitrocharger nitrocharger
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Dec 21, 2015

    As others have said, it's much more normal

    here in Europe to drive a stick shift. My trouble comes when I'm forced to drive an automatic, then forget to hide my left foot and hit the brakes with that foot rather than my right! Oh how we laugh as we scrape each other off the inside of the front windscreen! :)
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    5 Responses Feb 1

    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
    22-25, F
    8 Responses Oct 25, 2013

    The thing is I like to drive different type of

    cars ... I did try a chevy silverado , fj cruiser , ford mustang 2003 , suzuki , some small cars ... I love driving when theres a challenge instead of when everything is auto ... Wanna drive a motorbike thou 😍
    noora17sage noora17sage
    22-25, F
    11 Responses Jan 25, 2015

    Our family car is an old (early 90s) honda

    stick shift. Mom says it was the cheapest at the used car lot because no one wanted it. Sounds like our family cat, we took him in because no one wanted him either. My dad's pickup ought to be in the Smithsonian Museum. But they always start when you turn the key on. So, I've...
    9minute 9minute
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Mar 14

    I didn't learn to drive manual transmission

    til I was in college but once I learned, I wish everyone at least had to learn that way...forced to pay more attention to what ya are doing that way. Too much multitasking anymore while driving, and I know I can be just as guilty as the next person at that!
    701TaintedLove 701TaintedLove
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Sep 7, 2015

    After driving a MINIVAN

    for a million years, I drove my husband's sports car this morning. I had missed driving a stick shift so much! AMAZING FEELING 😃
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    8 Responses Feb 20
    tinyivory tinyivory
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Sep 7, 2015

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    cougarloving cougarloving
    31-35, F
    Dec 21, 2015

    I drive a VW classic Beetle

    and that is a lot of fun! I find automatic boring... Manual is the best!
    LittleMilwee LittleMilwee
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jun 12, 2015

    I learned to drive in a restored 1969 Mustang.

    I loved the control and freedom of using the stick. Someday, I hope to own another, as well as a fully restored Mustang Mach I. Fun!
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    4 Responses Dec 28, 2015

    My cousin let me drive his EVO today,

    needless to say...I want one now
    gingersammy gingersammy
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Aug 7, 2015

    I love the power of the stick shift in my hand.

    Pushing the car to its limit then opening her up with a jolt of speed.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Nov 15, 2015
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Mar 28
    brandinichole85 brandinichole85
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Sep 3, 2015

    I love driving stick,

    anytime I drive an automatic my left foot feels lost and confused. I just the feeling my left leg gets in it after long trips
    izzyduzit izzyduzit
    22-25, M
    1 Response Oct 5, 2015

    what is a stick shift?

    is it a type if truck?
    YoungAndPowerful YoungAndPowerful
    16-17, F
    9 Responses Jan 4

    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
    4 Responses Mar 30, 2015

    "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
    18-21, F
    11 Responses Jun 3, 2014

    Yes, yes I can! Lol. And to be quite honest,

    I learned because I was put in a "sink or swim" situation, so to speak. When I was a teenager and looking to buy my first used car, my father took me to the garage of a mechanic not far from our home. This mechanic had a small, used compact car for sale. My father went into the...
    Heartofgold4one Heartofgold4one
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Jul 11, 2015

    I learned to drive a stick,

    before driving an automatic. My dad made sure I could handle anything without saying "I can't"
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    10 Responses Mar 4

    Well, I say I can but I wonder.

    I learned to drive with stick shift and have always had cars with stick shift until very recently. When I bought my latest car, a friend of mine had just bought an automatic, and suggested I should do the same. I told him I'd never driven one but he explained to me it was dead...
    AngieM0556 AngieM0556
    56-60, F
    3 Responses Feb 10
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Dec 29, 2015
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Mar 1, 2015

    I enjoy driving a stick shift,

    it gives me more of a sense of power and control. I learned to drive years ago when my friend was the designated driver, but ended up past out on the bathroom floor. I lost count how many times it died on me until I got the hang of it.
    Sugarandspiceontop Sugarandspiceontop
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Feb 20

    Bought my first brand new car with manual

    transmission back in August... didn't really know how to drive it at the time but I only stalled twice driving it off the dealership before I realized the ebrake was up!! ;)
    kushhqueen kushhqueen
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 29, 2015

    my first 2 cars were manual transmission.

    I learned to drive manual first. I've also owned automatic transmission cars that suck in the snow. now I have an Audi with an automatic manual transmission. I basically get the best of both worlds. if I want full control of my car I can shift with my gear shift knob or I can...
    claytonspain claytonspain
    31-35, M
    Mar 7

    No dammit I never learnt

    but I'd love to...I'd love to drive a heavy vehicle too...and ride a motorbike
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    11 Responses Jan 7

    rrrruuuummmmmmmmm....

    .. this is probably 25 characters
    TheCroissant TheCroissant
    18-21, M
    1 Response Dec 29, 2015

    Rusty Due to automatic transmissions But

    drove big rigs And rarely forget that stick Even double clutch today Even when not needed Lmao
    OddButResilient OddButResilient
    46-50, M
    Feb 10

    Learned the hard way,

    but I did learn. And yes, there is a hard way to learn.
    luketepid luketepid
    56-60, M
    1 Response Mar 7

    First of all it is manual transmission not

    stick shift. :) However... it's not a big deal here in Europe, everybody know how to drive a car with a clutch in it. It's like you know how to eat with spoon and fork and knife.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Nov 23, 2015

    I grew up in a small town.

    I got to drive when I was 7or 8 stick shift first. I drove a wheat truck for my dad at 14. Driving anything make me feel powerful.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Jul 2, 2015

    I learned on a fiat 500 sport,

    and I still have my baby today!
    prettypumpkinqueen prettypumpkinqueen
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Nov 16, 2015

    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
    6 Responses Apr 19, 2015

    I'd like to tell my story of how I learned to

    drive a stick shift. I was 16, and had just gotten my driver's license. I learned to drive in my dad's automatic Dodge. I worked part time in high school for a Garden Center and Landscaping Company in a rural area. They had an old 1965 Ford 3/4 ton pickup with a four on the...
    RealMustangGuy RealMustangGuy
    51-55, M
    3 Responses Jun 18, 2015
    Youcanthandlemyusername Youcanthandlemyusername
    26-30, M
    19 Responses Sep 16, 2015

    i can . but im bein innuendo ish !

    ^_^ <3 n nawty .. implying ^_^
    cdwishimatgurlCalandraBelle cdwishimatgurlCalandraBelle
    36-40, T
    1 Response Feb 1

    I like to drive stick more

    than automatic, but it's a pain in the *** when there's a traffic jam in a hill climb
    viperguy96 viperguy96
    18-21, M
    4 Responses Sep 16, 2015

    AND FAST!!!!!! and faster

    and faster and faster!!!!
    elisef elisef
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Jul 12, 2015

    When I first started driving,

    I couldn't stand it! It was all so intimidating and boring at the same time. Since I've been using a manual transmission though it's had delightful facets of skill and strategy. Last year I started driving an old Toyota pickup and while that was quite scary in the beginning...
    violincaster violincaster
    22-25, M
    Dec 21, 2015

    That's how I learned to drive

    and still drive a 5 speed piece of junk ford. Lol
    luvme23 luvme23
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Sep 4, 2015
    daddybair daddybair
    46-50, M
    Jan 8

    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...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    26 Responses Dec 12, 2013

    Carb 383 with t-56 6 speed transmission,

    hotchkis TVS suspension and Magnaflow bullet style race exhaust <3
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Dec 21, 2015

    From where I am vehicles with automatic gears

    are not that common and just one of the options but I can't really think of a scenario where I'd enjoy driving one. It takes the fun out of driving and I don't see why anyone who likes driving even a bit should ever consider driving on Auto.
    devilzflower devilzflower
    31-35, M
    Nov 4, 2015

    I love driving stick,

    it makes me feel like a racecar driver and boys take a double look when they see me driving stick :)
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    4 Responses Mar 30, 2015

    sometimes the engine shuts off,

    but I can do it XD
    TheCroissant TheCroissant
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Nov 16, 2015
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