Can you drive stick shift (manual) vehicles?

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Can you drive stick shift?
    Yes : (209 votes)
    53 %
    Kind of : (56 votes)
    14 %
    No : (123 votes)
    31 %
    Obligatory other : (4 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    2450 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    no. and after the one required day of learning, my drivers ed teacher in high school told me i was never allowed to try again… ever.

    Post # 4
    1228 posts
    Bumble bee

    @MrsBeck:  I wish! I’ve tried a few times, though never had my husband try to teach me.

    On the bright side, I never have to be the DD. Sealed

    Post # 5
    2781 posts
    Sugar bee

    @MrsBeck:  My first car was a manual and the guy I bought it from taught me how to drive it. I haven’t had a manual since. We lived in a beach community at the time and it was VERY hilly +the only places to park around town were parallel parking spots. Made for a terribly uncomfortable driving experience. Luckily the car broke down not long after I bought it and I’ve been with automatics ever since

    Post # 6
    1321 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - NH

    I started night driving with mine on hills until I really got it.  I’ve had 2 manual vehicles.

    Post # 7
    2815 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    DH was the one who helped me learn to drive a stick…I’m surprised our relationship survived that one. It took me SO long, plus I have driving anxiety on top of it. I think I was about a year in to learning how to drive before we attempted the standard.

    Now though, I’m a pro. It was an awful process, but I am SO glad I learned. My last car was a standard, and I drove it for 2 years before getting my CRV. I do occasionally drive DH’s truck, which is also a standard.


    Post # 8
    879 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

    im a UK bee – i only drive manual – learnt in a manual and have driven one ever since… automatics scare me!! LOL!!

    Post # 10
    1981 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    @MrsBeck: one of my first cars was a manual- it’s amazing how quickly you can pick it up when it is a necessity!! so fun to drive- unless you are in traffic!! I was going to college in Los Angeles at the time- so that was a LOT of traffic!! It was pretty hilly also, and people get right on your tail at stop lights- I was so terrified I was going to hit a lotus or a Maserati as I rocked back, so I would have to slam on the gas! The car eventually died and I bought a brand new automatic, but sometimes I miss driving stick!! 

    Post # 11
    4433 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My 1st car was a stick shift 🙂 I love it! Although not so much with my commute, so when I traded it in I got an automatic.

    Post # 14
    1024 posts
    Bumble bee

    Other. While I can’t drive a manual vehicle, I can’t drive an automatic, either. Even though I’ve been procrastinating on learning how to drive, I renewed my learner’s permit this past summer. This thread is a good sign that I should practice more. XD

    Post # 15
    2815 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @MrsBeck:  Just get lots of practice in open spaces before venturing out on your own!

    As bad of a driver as I am, I never hit anything 🙂 I think sometimes being a more “cautious” driver keeps you less likely to cause an accident! lol

    Keep at it! As much as I hated learning, and with as many mental breakdowns that it caused me, I am SO proud that I stuck it out and learned how to do it!

    Post # 16
    293 posts
    Helper bee

    @MrsBeck:  most cars over here are manual – it’s unusual (and expensive) to have an automatic. 

    I had to borrow one of the pool cars from work once and the only one available was an automatic. I freaked, and spent half an hour lurching round the car park before I could go on to the roads! I learnt on a manual so had never driven an automatic before! 

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