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View Poll Results: Can you drive a stick shift?
Yes 71 77.17%
No 7 7.61%
Never had the opportunity to learn 14 15.22%
Voters: 92. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-18-2010, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Do young kids not know how to drive a stick shift anymore?

The son of one of my close friends called a couple days ago and asked to borrow my Corvette to drive his date to prom in. I didn't care as I knew this kid was responsible, I told him to come over today if he wanted to drive it before taking it to prom. He came over this afternoon and to my shock, he got inside and said "This isn't an automatic?"! I told him I would never buy an automatic sports car and he said he hadn't a clue how to drive a stick!

I almost felt it was my civic duty to teach this teenager how to drive a manual! After a few hours and a tank of gas, I think he finally started to get the hang of it.

How many of the people on this forum can't drive a stick?
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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both my car and truck are stick shift...
T-56 in the car and a ZF-5 speed in the F250
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:48 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I learned how to drive on a stick and love them. Shoot, I've even had my 12 year old out driving a stick through the woods roads around here. All my kids will know how to drive a stick when they get their license. Even the DW prefers a stick most of the time.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I can't. Owned a Yugo and ruined the transmission on it, because I couldn't drive it the right way.
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Tropical state of mind
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I can't imagine not driving a stick. I loved my Eclipse with all my heart but hated that it was an automatic. I adore my Miata. If you're not driving a stick you're just not driving; you're just kind of along for the ride. I like to participate in driving. LOL

For the record I have five kids and every single one can also drive a stick. It was a requirement of them getting their DL. I didn't want to take a chance they were ever in an emergency situation and only had a stick to drive and didn't know how.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I couldn't imagine not knowing how either, it boggles my mind that kids nowadays aren't required to learn this stuff! Screw some of the worthless classes they take in high school, make them go and learn to drive a clutch!

I was talking to him and he mentioned one of his friends got one of the new Camaros for his 17th birthday...it was an automatic. I don't believe they should even offer sports car with the OPTION of an automatic (and don't give me those ****-ass paddles shifters either!). If I want a sporty car, give me a tried and true clutch to drive thank you very much!
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:20 PM
 
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I started teaching my daughter how to drive stick when she was around 13.

To not teach a kid to drive stick is a crime against society.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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I was required to learn, and I made my wife learn.
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Old 04-19-2010, 12:10 AM
 
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Fleet can't, or doesn't want to, or is to lazy to.
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Old 04-19-2010, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Doesn't need to. For one thing, automatics are available. For two, knowing how to drive isn't essential.
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