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Apprehensive At First

When I first learned how to drive, my dad insisted on making me drive a stick shift.   I didn't want to, I got easily frustrated and didn't have the patience for it.

But after years of driving one, I couldn't imagine anything else.  I love being in control of the car too much to drive an automatic.

Perhaps I'm just a control freak. :)

YoungMilkMaiden YoungMilkMaiden 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 5, 2009

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Your dad was right. My dad did the same thing with me. We had two cars, one with a stick and one with an automatic. Like you, and everybody who first learns to drive one, I was a little apprehensive when I first took the wheel and it scared me when my clutch/accelerator coordination was so jumpy, because watching my dad drive the car, he made it look so easy. But I got the hang of it pretty fast. My dad's reasoning for making me learn on the stick before the automatic was that he didn't want me to get spoiled and if there was ever an emergency that came up and the only vehicle that was around to drive for help was a stick, I'd know how to drive it. Looking back... he was right, as well.<br />
The car was a Comet station wagon with a 6 cylinder and a, what they used to call... a "three on the tree" (How many of the under 40 set today even know what that term means?) and after I got my license and could go out alone... I learned to power-shift on that column shift. Cracked and broke a couple of shift lever collars in doing it (which I learned to get pretty good at replacing)... but I got to the point that I could make that rear drive wheel crack off a fair bark of the tire... true, it was weak due to lack of horsepower and torque, but broke it loose enough to hear I could do it. It was good training for the muscle cars I'd have in the future. Kind of like a woman breaking in a virgin.

3 on the tree...Have not heard that term in a long time. Ha Ha I too learned to drive on a stick shift. To this day I drive with 2 feet. 1 for gas 1 for brake