Learning to Drive Stick Shift

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GETTING STARTED

Teaching someone to drive a stick shift can be a potentially traumatic and puke-inducing experience for the teacher, stress-inducing for the student, and new-clutch-inducing for the car. To minimize the physical damage and psychic angst, we suggest you prepare in advance, by making sure you have everything you’ll need to learn how to use a stick shift safely.

Here’s our list:

  1. A patient parent, friend or relative.
  2. A manual transmission vehicle whose owner who doesn’t mind you using it to learn stick.
  3. A quiet, large, relatively flat place to learn.
  4. Plenty of time.
  5. Barf bags.
 

Why You Should Learn to Drive Stick

Since more than nine out of ten new cars are sold with an automatic transmission, you may think you can survive without knowing how to drive stick. And you might be right.

In our humble opinion, though, learning how to drive stick is one of those time-honored skills that just might save the day, some day. Like when you need to borrow a car to get someone to the emergency room. Knowing how to drive stick could also get you out of a sticky situation. Like fleeing the scene in a "borrowed" getaway car.

In time, you'll develop a feel for the clutch and never look back. Until then, write to us and let us know how you're doing!

Tom and Ray

Tom and Ray Magliozzi

Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers

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