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Unread 01-31-2012, 03:06 PM
 
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Default Any way to teach my 15yr old Stick-Shift Driving?

He just got his learner's permit. He wants to learn to drive a stick ... just like his Dad. But Dad like$ his car (and the clutch) too much to let son train on it. Called 911Driving School ... they don't teach stick-shift. Anyone know a place that does? Thanks !!
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Unread 01-31-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: N.Charleston,SC
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Why not just buy him an old "beater" and let him tear that one up. Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha.......
Its easy to put a clutch in a older car........................
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Unread 01-31-2012, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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VUL

The fact that you have a stick shift is reason enough to let him try yours. Grin and bear it as some of us did.

Big open parking lot so the only thing they need to pay attention is to clutch, gas and shifting gears until they get the "feel" of it. Then the open road.

Stop being so concerned about a machine/car that can be replaced....the bond with him is worth more...teach him...that is unless you think once he knows how to use it, he might take it for a joy ride.....LOL
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Unread 02-01-2012, 04:02 AM
 
Location: Windsor Hill, North Charleston, SC
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VUL

The fact that you have a stick shift is reason enough to let him try yours. Grin and bear it as some of us did.

Big open parking lot so the only thing they need to pay attention is to clutch, gas and shifting gears until they get the "feel" of it. Then the open road.

Stop being so concerned about a machine/car that can be replaced....the bond with him is worth more...teach him...that is unless you think once he knows how to use it, he might take it for a joy ride.....LOL
Agreed.

Find a nice abandoned road with with little to no traffic or a huge parking lot ... let them get the feel for clutch/accelerator operation in an environment where all they have to worry about is that.

Once you get the student shifting smoothly then you can gradually work them into traffic.

As for your concerns about your clutch ... TEACH HIM. The wear and tear on the clutch in an hour or so (because after the first hour he will be better or you will have stopped altogether) of teaching him how to drive stick is not going cause your clutch to implode.
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Unread 02-01-2012, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I agree, he's already learned a lot just by observing you every time you're in the car together.
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Unread 02-01-2012, 05:52 AM
 
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He just got his learner's permit. He wants to learn to drive a stick ... just like his Dad. But Dad like$ his car (and the clutch) too much to let son train on it. Called 911Driving School ... they don't teach stick-shift. Anyone know a place that does? Thanks !!
He is not going to hurt it.....I taught my daughter and son to drive my 5 speed when they were 14.....
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Unread 02-01-2012, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Summerville
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Agreed.

Find a nice abandoned road with with little to no traffic or a huge parking lot ... let them get the feel for clutch/accelerator operation in an environment where all they have to worry about is that.

Once you get the student shifting smoothly then you can gradually work them into traffic.

As for your concerns about your clutch ... TEACH HIM. The wear and tear on the clutch in an hour or so (because after the first hour he will be better or you will have stopped altogether) of teaching him how to drive stick is not going cause your clutch to implode.
Hey we agree again.....

Spend time with your son and teach him to do it correctly, and for gods sake don't yell at him when he messes up.....

I still remember the day my son put the first scratch on my beautiful truck....
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Unread 02-01-2012, 09:34 AM
 
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Thanks all for the generous advice. I will get him started this coming weekend. //
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Unread 02-01-2012, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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Draw a picture of what a transmisson is - why it is there to boost and enhance the power of an engine..explain how a clutch engages gears - compare it to riding a geared bike - so they get the concept...once they understand the mechanics - they will learn more quickly - to most young people these days - a manual transmission is just some sort of OTHER style of car..They have to know what it is before they use it.
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Unread 02-01-2012, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I agree... break it down simple on what a clutch does. I taught like a dozen people how to drive stick in my car when I was in college.

Main reason, no one knows how to drive stick anymore. 2 of the people were to get "alone, make the girl nervous, then at ease time on a back road" The rest were friends/roomates that I hung out with that didn't know how to drive stick, didn't have a car, and used to go to parties with me. I wanted more then one DD.

Just tell them the engine/transmission are connected. When you push the clutch in, it disengages the engine from the tranny. If you go to slow in to high a gear, or stop in first, the car transmission will drag the engine to to low of rpms and stall.

Tell them if they ever have any problem, or feel like they are losing control, stab the clutch in. Don't just pull your feet off the pedals. The clutch disengages everything.

At first, teach them to rev high like 3500 rpms, and slowly slide the clutch out and give less gas, feathering it, so they can "feel " it engage. Then shift at each gears. For slowing down,don't show down shifts yet, just pushing the clutch and stopping with brakes. Then move to downshifts for going around corners. Have them rev less high each time as they get a "feel" for it. Riding the clutch and some slight clutch burn smell isn't as bad as "popping" it.


If you have something with a v8, you may not have to rev to 3500 rpms, you can probaly do alot less, as it will take more to bog the engine.

In my old 5.0 mustang, I was showing my wife since she never drove it, and you could literally let the clutch out pretty quickly and the engine had enough torque to move the car and not stall. LOL



What kind of car is it. If its a Corvette, might be a little interesting to learn on that. Most everything else should be ok.
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