(Closed) to anyone with manual trasmission…

posted 6 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Haha, I tried teaching MrDane how to drive my car… it worked just fine in the parking lot, but after about 4 stalls, a few lurches, and some screeching tires in traffic we decided it might just be best for him to take a break and let me drive home.  I honestly have no idea how to teach him to drive it- maybe it’s just something he needs more practice with.  I taught my bestie in college and I also taught my sister when she had her learner’s permit, so it’s not like I’ve never instructed anyone before, I just think he gets nervous or something.

All I can really say is good luck, and I hope some other Bees have some suggestions.

Post # 4
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would take him in the middle of the night, to the largest hill in the city, hand him the keys, get out, and say see you at home.  Then leave.  If he understands the basics of how it works, he will get there.  Sounds harsh, but that is how I learned and I had tons of people try to teach me.  Only having to do it on my own was how I really learned.

Post # 5
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - St. Philip Catholic Church/Arcadia Brewing Co.

I would start in a parking lot if he has NEVER done it before and then move to a hill/empty parking garage. 

When I learned my dad parked on the top of the “ramp” part of a downtown parking garage on a Sunday (so it was pretty much empty) and gave me the keys. I don’t know how many times I rolled to the bottom of that ramp before I got it right. There may or may not have been tears invovled but by the end of the afternoon I had it down.

He had me drive home and of course I get a red light on the biggest hill in town and there were cars behind me. I may have peeled out but I didn’t hit anyone! 

Mr. Aardvark knows how to drive a manual but has never owned one. When I first got mine, it was a bit hurky-jerky when he would drive but it got better over time. I think that is key. 

I TOTALLY agree that he should be able to drive your (or any) car! You never know when you will need too! Once in college I was Dirty Delete for my friends, and I also drove a stranger home because his Dirty Delete didn’t know how to drive a stick, and appartently non of the other sober people at the party did either. Not that that was a very extreme “emergency” but you never know when you may need to know how!


(Sorry for the novel!)

Post # 6
2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Well I’ve taught numerous people, and I used my Dad’s method of teaching me, which I believe is utterly comprehensive and very effective 🙂

Start in the driveway, or parking lot after hours etc… and have him let up on the clutch JUST enough to make the car start rolling, then put the clutch back in.  This teaches him where it engages, and is I feel the hardest part of learning.  Also, have him practise the H pattern of shifting when the car is off and the clutch is engaged.  Once the pattern becomes second nature, it will be much easier.

Next step is just getting moving in first, shifting to second, slowing down back to first and stopping again.  Over and over until he can do it without the signature “second gear jerk” that most drivers have. 

Then finally, he has to just do it.  Maybe he’s embarassed to be bad at something in front of you?  Take him to that parking lot and get out.  Let him try on his own, and if he needs help he can roll down the window and call for you.

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