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MikeH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-11-11 02:35 AM
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118. I never mastered the stick shift
When I was 16 and just starting to learn to drive, in 1967, my family had a station wagon with a stick shift. I would often go practice driving in the station wagon with my dad and sometimes my younger brothers and sisters along a country road which went from our town to a neighboring town.

I remember the car going herky-jerky when I tried to use the clutch and shift gears, and I never mastered the clutch and the stick shift.

About a year later our family moved and my dad had a Volkswagen which he used to commute to work, and I sometimes did practice driving with my dad in his VW. The VW had a stick shift, and I think I had a little better time with the clutch and the stick shift on the VW; however I don't think I really mastered it on the VW either.

Shortly thereafter my family got a station wagon with automatic transmission, and I have never since driven a car with a stick shift. All of my own cars have had automatic transmission.

So no, I don't think I could drive a stick shift, or at least not drive it well.
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  -can you drive a stick shift? grasswire  Jul-08-11 03:50 PM   #0 
  - Yes. Learned in 1966.  GoneOffShore   Jul-08-11 03:52 PM   #1 
  - oh yeah  grasswire   Jul-08-11 03:54 PM   #3 
  - Yes. Learned in 1959  Ptah   Jul-08-11 03:54 PM   #2 
  - hell I learned with a shifter on teh steering column!  Kali   Jul-08-11 03:55 PM   #4 
  - I used to drive a 1956 Dodge Coronet which had a push buttons on the dash  Arkansas Granny   Jul-08-11 03:58 PM   #9 
  - Learned in 1963 in a 51 Studebaker with three on the tree.  ohiosmith   Jul-08-11 03:56 PM   #5 
  - Yes. I learned in approximately 1962. All of my kids have learned  Arkansas Granny   Jul-08-11 03:57 PM   #6 
  - Nope, I never did.  Rhiannon12866   Jul-08-11 03:57 PM   #7 
  - Sneaky - asking this.  GoneOffShore   Jul-08-11 03:58 PM   #8 
  - hahaha n/t  grasswire   Jul-08-11 04:07 PM   #15 
  - Manuals aren't just for the old timers.  EOTE   Jul-11-11 07:02 AM   #120 
  - I'm With You  we can do it   Jul-11-11 11:21 AM   #129 
  - or Those Who Are Too Lazy To Learn  we can do it   Jul-11-11 11:20 AM   #128 
  - All my life of driving...  Tikki   Jul-08-11 04:00 PM   #10 
  - I learned in 1990 when I was 17  Tobin S.   Jul-08-11 04:02 PM   #11 
  - Aw, c'mon!  A HERETIC I AM   Jul-10-11 10:36 PM   #115 
  - Yes, learned in about 1970.  The Velveteen Ocelot   Jul-08-11 04:04 PM   #12 
  - Learned in my first vehicle  hifiguy   Jul-08-11 04:04 PM   #13 
  - yes, 1984, I bought a new car that was a stick, had to learn fast  zen_bohemian   Jul-08-11 04:06 PM   #14 
  - My dear grasswire!  CaliforniaPeggy   Jul-08-11 04:07 PM   #16 
  - I'll never forget the look on my dad's (born 1929) face...  Hassin Bin Sober   Jul-08-11 05:16 PM   #35 
  - Learned in 1966. Prefer standard to automatic.  hobbit709   Jul-08-11 04:08 PM   #17 
  - unless it's a work truck in traffic  Kali   Jul-08-11 04:43 PM   #27 
     - I try to avoid traffic.  hobbit709   Jul-08-11 04:44 PM   #29 
  - I learned in 1983...on our honeymoon  canoeist52   Jul-08-11 04:14 PM   #18 
  - 1974. Learned on an old electrical line truck with high and low gears. *sound of gears stripping*  freshwest   Jul-08-11 04:15 PM   #19 
  - Yep. Learned in a 1979 Ford Festiva.  bif   Jul-08-11 04:16 PM   #20 
  - I learned way back  cwydro   Jul-08-11 04:17 PM   #21 
  - Nope. My mom says I should learn in case I'm ever being chased  Luciferous   Jul-08-11 04:20 PM   #22 
  - ...  Kali   Jul-08-11 04:44 PM   #28 
  - That's EXACTLY what I told my 14 year old daughter  MrsMatt   Jul-10-11 06:32 PM   #106 
  - Mom may be weird, but  southerncrone   Jul-10-11 10:05 PM   #113 
  - Learned on stick shift in 1958. Prefer a stick. n/t  sarge43   Jul-08-11 04:22 PM   #23 
  - But of course.  frogmarch   Jul-08-11 04:27 PM   #24 
  - I started driving a stick when I was 8 years old.  yellerpup   Jul-08-11 04:41 PM   #25 
  - "I still drive a stick because I prefer the control."  dixiegrrrrl   Jul-11-11 01:18 AM   #117 
  - That is the only way to drive.  GoCubsGo   Jul-08-11 04:42 PM   #26 
  - Yes. It's what I learned to drive on. I love them.  alphafemale   Jul-08-11 04:49 PM   #30 
  - In an emergency, yes. (I know because I have.)  Iggo   Jul-08-11 04:50 PM   #31 
  - I learned 1 day in 1968 when I bought my first car - a 1960  mysuzuki2   Jul-08-11 05:08 PM   #32 
  - I bought a '60 bug in 1978 for $800.00  marzipanni   Jul-09-11 09:36 PM   #97 
  - Never.  applegrove   Jul-08-11 05:11 PM   #33 
  - I not only can but do. So can my 19 year-old daughter and 21 year-old son  CBGLuthier   Jul-08-11 05:14 PM   #34 
  - Yep, and have never owned an automatic. I learned in the 70s.  nolabear   Jul-08-11 05:16 PM   #36 
  - yes. Learned in '74  Tuesday Afternoon   Jul-08-11 05:18 PM   #37 
  - Yup, had to teach myself so I could "thieve" my older sisters VW Bug  riderinthestorm   Jul-08-11 05:25 PM   #38 
  - yes.  luv_mykatz   Jul-08-11 05:40 PM   #39 
  - No. they keep making automatics, I keep driving them nt  MrScorpio   Jul-08-11 05:41 PM   #40 
  - Learned on a stick, drive a stick now, prefer a stick.  flvegan   Jul-08-11 05:53 PM   #41 
  - Yes - including some exotics  Mopar151   Jul-08-11 06:05 PM   #42 
  - 16 or 17. I actually taught a class full over students how to do it for a public speaking project.  Shagbark Hickory   Jul-08-11 06:28 PM   #43 
  - I learned in 1973 and have driven a stick shift since then.  AtomicKitten   Jul-08-11 07:08 PM   #44 
  - No. Never learned.  femmocrat   Jul-08-11 07:11 PM   #45 
  - In 1978...also on the prerequisite VW bug.  pink-o   Jul-08-11 07:19 PM   #46 
  - I learned to drive on a VW Bus.. back when they only came in  annabanana   Jul-08-11 07:23 PM   #47 
  - Yup  krispos42   Jul-08-11 09:35 PM   #48 
  - no  Incitatus   Jul-08-11 09:37 PM   #49 
  - I learned to drive with a stick shift -- but took my driver's test with  Flaxbee   Jul-08-11 09:40 PM   # 
  - Learned '79 on a '74 Capri in college after driving automatics only to that point.  Gidney N Cloyd   Jul-08-11 09:40 PM   #50 
  - 1965 - three in a tree; on a 1961 Ford Falcon  Xipe Totec   Jul-08-11 09:41 PM   #51 
  - I could re-learn how to drive one  csziggy   Jul-08-11 09:43 PM   #52 
  - Nope.  sakabatou   Jul-08-11 09:49 PM   #53 
  - I have owned two stick shift cars, but  woo me with science   Jul-08-11 09:49 PM   #54 
  - Yes, '97, I like driving a stick  Rochester   Jul-08-11 10:02 PM   #55 
  - Yeppers.  ceile   Jul-08-11 10:12 PM   #56 
  - Yes, I learned in '86. Don't have one now, but I miss it... (nt)  petronius   Jul-08-11 10:19 PM   #57 
  - I learned in 1976. My sister taught me in her Volkswagen.  trackfan   Jul-08-11 10:21 PM   #58 
  - Yes, learned about 1962 at age 11  Philippine expat   Jul-08-11 10:22 PM   #59 
  - Learned around 1970  rrneck   Jul-08-11 10:25 PM   #60 
  - Learned in 1997. Had to, if I wanted a 34 mpg Cavalier.  HughBeaumont   Jul-08-11 10:26 PM   #61 
  - Yes, learned in 1991  noamnety   Jul-08-11 11:04 PM   #62 
  - This thread is like a stick shift.  GoneOffShore   Jul-08-11 11:07 PM   #63 
  - I learned in 1999  Eyerish   Jul-08-11 11:09 PM   #64 
  - I'd have a hard time driving my car otherwise.  LeftyMom   Jul-08-11 11:13 PM   #65 
  - Many moons ago in a far away place  ornotna   Jul-08-11 11:30 PM   #66 
  - Yep, 1990 nt  Broken_Hero   Jul-08-11 11:32 PM   #67 
  - Yes  seaker   Jul-08-11 11:35 PM   #68 
  - I learned on a tractor that had a hand clutch.  Kaleva   Jul-08-11 11:36 PM   #69 
  - I never was very good at driving a vehicle with a non-synchronized transmission  Kaleva   Jul-08-11 11:41 PM   #70 
  - Of course!  PotatoChip   Jul-09-11 12:31 AM   #71 
  - 1976, a dump truck...  WCGreen   Jul-09-11 12:31 AM   #72 
  - Yep learned in "73. My favorite car was a 5 speed on the floor, awesome car too drive.  madmom   Jul-09-11 12:36 AM   #73 
  - First thing I ever drove was a Ford pick up truck with the shift on the column.  davsand   Jul-09-11 12:53 AM   #74 
  - Yes  MilesColtrane   Jul-09-11 12:58 AM   #75 
  - Tried but failed  KT2000   Jul-09-11 02:18 AM   #76 
  - Yes, 1971, a Studebaker Lark  kiva   Jul-09-11 02:31 AM   #77 
  - I did, learned to up the shifts, never learned to go down...  a kennedy   Jul-09-11 09:16 AM   #78 
  - Yup, On My Grandfather's '56 Chevy, back around 1965.  Paladin   Jul-09-11 09:33 AM   #79 
  - Yes  NV Whino   Jul-09-11 09:54 AM   #80 
  - Stick shift is ALL I drive. I'm uncomfortable driving an automatic.  JTG of the PRB   Jul-09-11 10:03 AM   #81 
  - I taught myself to drive a stick  meow2u3   Jul-09-11 10:21 AM   #82 
  - No, I have a mental block against the clutch.  RebelOne   Jul-09-11 10:39 AM   #83 
  - my mid 20's. have owned a couple of stick vehicles but much prefer automatics  KG   Jul-09-11 10:53 AM   #84 
  - Yah!  stuntcat   Jul-09-11 10:54 AM   #85 
  - Yep, learned in 1988  Rob H.   Jul-09-11 12:55 PM   #86 
  - Ooooooooooooooh yeah, Baby....  Hepburn   Jul-09-11 12:55 PM   #87 
  - i learned when i was 16  fizzgig   Jul-09-11 12:57 PM   #88 
  - Yes 1957 '55 Chevy and MG-TD  Hangingon   Jul-09-11 01:04 PM   #89 
  - 1978 in a 5 speed Vega wagon I drove from Maine to Phoenix.  bluedigger   Jul-09-11 03:10 PM   #90 
  - I learned in 1997.  TheMightyFavog   Jul-09-11 07:40 PM   #91 
  - they ride the clutch while waiting for the light to change.  grasswire   Jul-09-11 08:35 PM   #94 
  - 1977. My first car: Mustang 4 speed. Now I drive a vehicle with a 10 speed tranny. n/t  cherokeeprogressive   Jul-09-11 07:43 PM   #92 
  - I learned on a 1947 Farmall Cub Tractor in 1966, age 14.  kwassa   Jul-09-11 07:49 PM   #93 
  - yes  larwdem   Jul-09-11 09:04 PM   #95 
  - Yes. Learned in 1966 on a 1940's Willys Jeep. My brother  mnhtnbb   Jul-09-11 09:07 PM   #96 
  - Sure, learned in driver's ed - early 60's  marigold20   Jul-09-11 09:40 PM   #98 
  - I can but I really don't care to.  texanwitch   Jul-09-11 09:48 PM   #99 
  - Yes. Learned 1980  TorchTheWitch   Jul-09-11 11:20 PM   #100 
  - Yes, learned in 1973  susanr516   Jul-10-11 03:17 PM   #101 
  - Sure can, learned in 1970  solara   Jul-10-11 03:26 PM   #102 
  - Yes. Sometime in the early 60s  lunatica   Jul-10-11 03:48 PM   #103 
  - Early '60's  BarbaRosa   Jul-10-11 05:23 PM   #104 
  - No, never have, I admire those who do  kimi   Jul-10-11 05:29 PM   #105 
  - 1985, on a 1974 Mustang II  MrsMatt   Jul-10-11 06:40 PM   #107 
  - "3 on the Tree" and 3, 4, and 5 on the floor.  BiggJawn   Jul-10-11 09:24 PM   #108 
  - I bought a car with a stick in 1984, having never driven one before. The salesman  madinmaryland   Jul-10-11 09:28 PM   #109 
  - Yes. I learned to drive with a stick shift in 1981. A VW Rabbit.  Avalux   Jul-10-11 09:57 PM   #110 
  - Yes, 1974. I still drive one & prefer them.  southerncrone   Jul-10-11 09:58 PM   #111 
  - Up to 15 forward and 2 reverse since 1976.  A HERETIC I AM   Jul-10-11 09:58 PM   #112 
  - No (nt)  bigwillq   Jul-10-11 10:08 PM   #114 
  - It was what I learned to drive from the beginning  Digit   Jul-11-11 12:15 AM   #116 
  - I learned to drive on one too  TorchTheWitch   Jul-11-11 10:45 AM   #125 
  - I never mastered the stick shift  MikeH   Jul-11-11 02:35 AM   #118 
  - Next question: Shifties, can you double clutch? n/t  sarge43   Jul-11-11 05:17 AM   #119 
  - Sure. I can play all kinds of clutch games  TorchTheWitch   Jul-11-11 10:58 AM   #126 
  - Agree on the control  sarge43   Jul-11-11 12:43 PM   #131 
     - a power clutch is for racing  TorchTheWitch   Jul-12-11 02:10 AM   #140 
  - yup  guitar man   Jul-11-11 01:41 PM   #135 
  - That's how I learned to drive in the early '80s  deutsey   Jul-11-11 08:38 AM   #121 
  - yeppers  blueamy66   Jul-11-11 08:41 AM   #122 
  - But can you drive a 4X shift on the fly down a tropical mountain with no road?  RedCloud   Jul-11-11 08:58 AM   #123 
  - Hell yes. I learned on a 1929 Model A Ford!  Bake   Jul-11-11 09:14 AM   #124 
  - Yes, 1979 and That's All I Will Drive  we can do it   Jul-11-11 11:12 AM   #127 
  - Yep!  burrfoot   Jul-11-11 12:20 PM   #130 
  - I learned to drive on a standard transmission in 1985  wysimdnwyg   Jul-11-11 01:07 PM   #132 
  - Never did  tabbycat31   Jul-11-11 01:38 PM   #133 
  - Never did  tabbycat31   Jul-11-11 01:38 PM   #134 
  - Yes but I hate them.  Manifestor_of_Light   Jul-11-11 01:44 PM   #136 
  - My dad taught me when I was 6.  Chan790   Jul-11-11 02:26 PM   #137 
  - I've never in my live drived an automatic, ever.  JonTheGreat   Jul-11-11 02:30 PM   #138 
  - I was shopping for a used car and the salesman did not believe I could drive a stick  Digit   Jul-12-11 01:32 AM   #139 
 

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