Post # 1
The title pretty much says it all.
DH tried to teach me last year but I never got comfortable with it (especially with all the hills by us). I could drive it if absolutely needed but I would never choose to drive it.
Bees who do drive manual: did you learn right when you learned to drive? Any advice for someone who just can’t seem to grasp it?
Post # 3
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
@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.
Post # 5
@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
I started night driving with mine on hills until I really got it. I’ve had 2 manual vehicles.
Post # 7
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
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im a UK bee – i only drive manual – learnt in a manual and have driven one ever since… automatics scare me!! LOL!!
Post # 10
@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
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 # 12
@SeaSalt: lol that’s the way it is for me most of the time! DH’s car is nicer so we usually end up taking it places, however, since I’m terrible at driving it he is also usually the DD 🙂
@urchin: so maybe I just need to keep practicing then. I only tried for about a week so I guess that wasn’t long enough to grasp it. It would probably make DH feel better if I could practice using a car that we don’t own though! I also already have anxiety just driving my automatic car so I’m wondering if it’s worth it to keep trying to learn stick.
@weird_bunny: are most cars in the UK manual?
Post # 13
@HeartsandSparkles: that’s why hills terrify me! I’m scared I’m not going to do everything quick enough and that I’ll hit someone! We have a huge hill right by our apartment so I’m thinking I could just practice on it later at night. Usually it’s packed with traffic so I would feel comfortable driving during rush hour until I’m really good with a manual.
Post # 14
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
@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
@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!