(Closed) Can you drive stick shift (manual) vehicles?

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  • Post # 122
    207 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    I learned how to drive on a manual and actually, I’ve never driven an automatic in my life!

    Learning to drive was a bit more difficult, but I am so happy that I did learn how to drive manual and not automatic! ๐Ÿ™‚

    My advice to anyone wanting to learn to drive manual: just stick with it and practice, practice, practice!

    Post # 123
    278 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I had to learn how to drive with a stick shift and that was the most nerve racking experience ever.  I remember once I was on a hill waiting to turn left and I had a line of  cars behind me and everytime I tried to go the car would stall.  Thank god I had a friend with me so we wound up switching seats so she could do it.  I was mortified.  I could drive stick shift if need be but I would much rather stick to automatic.

    Post # 124
    722 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    @rosworms:  bahahaha.

    yeah i can’t drive stick at all

    Post # 125
    1234 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I learned how to drive with a manual truck and have since owned two manual trucks. Growing up on a farm they were very common. I could see where having a manual in town would be a calf-ache!

    Post # 126
    1073 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    No, can’t drive stick, but I want to learn! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 127
    441 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Parklands, Quendon Hall

    Yep. I think most people in the UK learn in a manual.I just passed my test this march.  I hated it at first and thought I’d never get the hang of using the clutch. I was convinced I’d want an automatic when I got a car but but funnily enough I now like the control you have with a manual – I can’t imagine having an automatic now!

    I think it just takes time to get the hang of it, especially with hills involved! Just practice and I’m sure you’ll pick it up, good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 128
    1130 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I think everyone should learn how to drive a stick. Like when you enroll in driving school, that’s the only option they should have. It’s one of those useful skills in life, I think.

    Post # 129
    1340 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @MrsBeck:  Both my parents drive stick and said if I wanted to learn, that’s how it would be. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 130
    268 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    My drivers ed car was an automatic, but my mother made me practice with a manual and take my test with a manual.

    Fast forward from 95 when I got my license to 2010 when I decided to finally get my drivers license here in the Netherlands (unless you’re EU, you have to do the whole test and lessons again) and was asked what type of car I wanted for my lessons and test.  I really didn’t care, but was told that if I did it in an automatic, that would be the only car my license was good for.

    So manual it was.  Not to mention, automatic cars are EXPENSIVE over here!

    I can honestly thank my mother for making me learn how to drive the stick because it served me well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Post # 131
    1648 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2000

    yes my current car is a manual

    Post # 132
    1953 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Nope. I have no idea and I don’t intend on learning.

    Post # 133
    1007 posts
    Bumble bee

    @MrsBeck:  Actually I can drive a manual motorcycle but not a manual car lol

    Like you, I learned how to drive a manual car later so I know HOW to, and could if I HAD to, but I don’t like to. Nor am I good at it lol

    I’d say it’s just something you get used to. Like anything else after lots of practice it’ll be second nature. At least with me, learning consists of continuous stalling and fearing for my life if I don’t make the correct move lol so practicing is a little discouraging.

    Post # 134
    849 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Another UK Bee who has ownly ever driven manual.

    Post # 135
    367 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @MrsBeck:  of course yes, it’s easy and everybody sould know how t drive a stick.

    Post # 136
    630 posts
    Busy bee

    I learned how to drive one when my old trusty first car blew up and I found a great deal on a used 5 speed.  I bought it and learned how to drive it all 65 miles home!


    I LOVE driving a 5-speed when I’m just on little trips here and there, and have one for that purpose… but my main ride is an automatic SUV for the long haul stuff. Shifting gears in rush-hour traffic gets tedious!

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