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Old 10-17-2012, 11:39 AM
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on weekends.

Any suggestions?

I need to practice driving a manual transmission (I didn't have anyone to teach me when I was younger) and would prefer to not crash into any people and/or other cars.
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:07 PM
 
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You can generally get into parking lots that are at high schools if you're willing to search around a bit for an entrance.

Big companies like Intel probably have large expanses available on weekends as well.
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:19 PM
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south side of Winrock shopping center
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:10 PM
 
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south side of Winrock shopping center
Might run into some construction equipment, but on that note, the west side of Coronado is empty 7 days a week. That's your best bet right there, since it's older and has little in terms of concrete breakwaters and other obstacles.
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:55 PM
 
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What part of town are you in?
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:38 AM
 
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The Journal Pavilion parking lot is huge and empty unless there is a concert. The football/ soccer fields are used on Saturdays, but that's only one section of the parking lot.

I remember when I was a teen and learning how to drive many moons ago. My mom took me to the old Kistler Kollister aka "Fashion Square" parking lot on the corner of San Mateo and Lomas. The building has an underground parking area where there's an incline ramp to get to the underground parking. This is where I practiced going from a stop to a start while on a hill and driving a stick shift. I had to practice letting the clutch out on a hill so that I wouldn't roll backwards and hit someone behind me in real traffic which had happened to me while stopped at a red light on Carlisle and Central. The stores were all closed on Sundays, so it was the perfect place to practice accelerating on a hill from a stopped position.
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Old 10-18-2012, 01:35 AM
 
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Yes lobo, I too has the awful experience of rolling backwards into another car while stopped on a hill with my first stick. Yes, always practice stop-n-go on an incline when learning a manual transmission
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:40 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I will cruise by these this weekend and pick the most deserted.
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Old 10-18-2012, 01:08 PM
 
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Good idea to practice starting on uphill slopes. That is probably the most difficult maneuver with a stick shift. Doing this on snow and ice is probably irrelevant for ABQ but even more fun. Executing a sloppy downshift while slowing for a snow covered downhill turn is even more exciting.
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Old 10-18-2012, 01:12 PM
 
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Good idea to practice starting on uphill slopes. That is probably the most difficult maneuver with a stick shift. Doing this on snow and ice is probably irrelevant for ABQ but even more fun. Executing a sloppy downshift while slowing for a snow covered downhill turn is even more exciting.
Finding a parking garage (many are free on weekends) would help with that sort of driving.

Snow and ice driving is _definitely_ relevant to Albuquerque driving, even if you only need to call on it two days per two years. Driving in any direction out of town will significantly increase the number of occasions it becomes important.
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