Post # 122
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! 🙂
My advice to anyone wanting to learn to drive manual: just stick with it and practice, practice, practice!
Post # 123
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
yeah i can’t drive stick at all
Post # 125
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
No, can’t drive stick, but I want to learn! 🙂
Post # 127
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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! 🙂
Post # 128
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
@MrsBeck: Both my parents drive stick and said if I wanted to learn, that’s how it would be. 🙂
Post # 130
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. 😉
Post # 131
yes my current car is a manual
Post # 132
Nope. I have no idea and I don’t intend on learning.
Post # 133
@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
Another UK Bee who has ownly ever driven manual.
Post # 135
@MrsBeck: of course yes, it’s easy and everybody sould know how t drive a stick.
Post # 136
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!