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I Can Drive a Stick Shift

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    First car I tried driving had three on the

    column. 'Driving' was more like '*******'!
    JustG2 JustG2 61-65, F 8 Responses Jun 1

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    BY exactly what method did you learn to drive a

    stick? I happened upon a method when I was teaching my kid that others have told me is the way its done but I didn't know it, having taught myself by trial and error long ago. The method I discovered is this: 1-Find a level lot or street or alley. 2-With the e-brake set and...
    icDavey icDavey 56-60, M 3 Responses Jun 18

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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 4 Responses Mar 30

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    I learned to drive in a metallic blue '69

    Mustang. I still enjoy the power I feel in that shifting of gears. It gives one a sense of pure power.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 1

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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 :)
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Mar 30

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

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    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 6 Responses Jul 11

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    When I bought my first car I had to have

    someone else drive it home for me because it was a stick shift. It was way cheaper than an automatic. Spent the next two weeks learning to drive it. Stalled a few times in major traffic and had trouble getting it going but I tuned out the obnoxious honking and patiently got...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 18

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    biwhisper biwhisper 41-45, F 5 Responses Mar 1

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    I learned on a 1929 Ford model A sedan.

    And my first vehicle with a manual gear box was a 1952 Willys Station Wagon. I still own a truck with a manual gear box but can't drive it anymore. Time to sell
    auggie1971 auggie1971 41-45, M Jun 19

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    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

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    I actually learned to drive on a stick shift.

    I won't forget it ever. I was 12 and in the city of Houston, it was an old beat up Mazda truck those little bitty ones. The person who was teaching me wouldn't get in the truck with me! She would yell out push the clutch! Give it some gas! And the dam thing would cut off due to...
    txasbf txasbf 36-40, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Some years back i bought a manual transmission

    ford escort for $400. The owner had to teach me how to drive it. I thought the car was a bargain, which it was.
    Swillbucket Swillbucket 36-40, M 1 Response Jun 12

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    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

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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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    AND FAST!!!!!! and faster

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

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    I started learning with a column shifter.

    An old Toyota Crown Deluxe sedan of my cousin brother. He taught me how to shift it. Later, I tried a Toyota Corolla saloon to learn stick shift
    spidy88 spidy88 31-35, M Jul 2

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    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...
    AwfullyLonely AwfullyLonely 51-55, M 2 Responses Jun 18

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    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 3 Responses Apr 29

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    ModifiedMamaofTwo ModifiedMamaofTwo 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 19

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    I've owned 6 cars, all brand new,

    all stick shift. It's getting harder and harder to find a decent car that's not automatic. Not a huge fan of compromising. Went to buy a 2015 subaru wrx, and trade in my 2013 Impreza, and they only had automatics on the lot. Arrrgggg
    Liftofferik Liftofferik 26-30, M 6 Responses Jun 18

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    I learned to drive in an old Volkswagen beetle.

    I much prefer to drive a stick shift. Because of the way I drive, I can get much better mileage with a stick. I have a 95 Ranger with the 4 cylinder engine and 5 speed transmission, and get over 35 miles per gallon highway, and about 29 in the city.
    pagandad pagandad 66-70, M 2 Responses Aug 7

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    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

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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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    Here in the UK stick shift is more common

    than an auto. We have 2 vehicles. An auto and (what we call) a manual. Both have their advantages.
    michaellaxcd michaellaxcd 56-60, M Jul 20

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    Anth1290 Anth1290 22-25, M Aug 20

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    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 6 Responses Jun 19

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    I find it weird that people,

    especially young people don't know how to drive stick shift. Where I live, you can't use automatic car in driving school. If you want your drivers license you have to learn and drive stick shift from start to end.
    SuicidalSam SuicidalSam 18-21, M 5 Responses Aug 20

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    Because if you dont in my country,

    then your the odd one out :D. I drove stick shift in in a car when i was 10 or something. And in tractors :), now in tractors we have something similar to "flappy paddles" in cars, just button pushing, or automatic.. Tho I still prefer being in the ½ automatic mode.
    mirkwood86 mirkwood86 26-30, M Aug 7

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    But why should I just

    because I know how?
    NOWHealing NOWHealing 61-65, F 10 Responses 5 days ago

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    I also thought driving a stick would distract

    me from drinking and driving, which it didn't.
    Swillbucket Swillbucket 36-40, M 2 Responses Jun 12

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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 7 Responses Apr 19

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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 41-45, F 6 Responses Oct 11, 2014

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    My cousin let me drive his EVO today,

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

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    My grandpa taught me how to drive his automatic

    jeep Comanche pickup truck the same year he taught me how to drive his tractor and ride a horse all on his ranch. I think I was 8. Later, when I was 12, my dad taught me how to drive his 4speed manual ford F250 4x4 short bed pickup truck. (3years earlier, he had taught me to...
    jayciedubb jayciedubb 46-50, M 1 Response Jul 12

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    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 13

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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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    Actually I will only drive a stick

    and only own one as well hard to find manual transmission rentals in the US but other countries it's not an issue really. I just like to have full control of the car that a clutch and manual transmission allows esp off road and in snow and heavy rain :)Audi BMW Subaru(2) Nissan...
    2cool4school 2cool4school 36-40 3 Responses Aug 16

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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 2 Responses Nov 9, 2014

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    For people of my age,

    this is unremarkable.
    DrWhom DrWhom 51-55 4 Responses Jul 11

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    but I chose not to...

    ... the old knees don't function as good these days
    marinerob marinerob 46-50, M 5 Responses Aug 15

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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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    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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    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 7 Responses Jan 29

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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 28 Responses Dec 12, 2013

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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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