(Closed) 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
    Member
    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
    Member
    1227 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
    Member
    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
    Member
    1320 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
    Member
    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
    Member
    878 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 # 9
    Member
    499 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Nope, not at all.

    Post # 10
    Member
    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
    Member
    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
    Member
    1020 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
    Member
    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
    Member
    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! 

    The topic ‘Can you drive stick shift (manual) vehicles?’ is closed to new replies.

    Get our weekly roundup of the best of Weddingbee.
    I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.

    Find Amazing Vendors