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Old 07-17-2010, 03:55 AM
 
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Does anyone out there know of a driving school that teaches stick shift driving? I would like to learn.
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Old 07-20-2010, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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If you already know how to drive, just get someone to show you. My dad taught me to do it in less than an hour the day he bought me my first car. It really isn't hard.
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Old 07-20-2010, 05:17 PM
 
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If you already know how to drive, just get someone to show you. My dad taught me to do it in less than an hour the day he bought me my first car. It really isn't hard.
not hard at all if you are coordinated! some people can not for the life of them work the clutch and shift. or they have trouble on hill starting out in first gear.
You will not know until you try it....hope you find someone to show you. I have shown many how to drive a stick shift and only had one who just could not get it down....had to give up before she ground the my cars gears down to nothing!!! Most people pick it up easily. Good luck..once you drive stick shift you won't want an automatic again!
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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One way to learn is to ask a friend who has a manual transmission to show you. I've trained 3 sons how to do it and they all prefer a manual over an automatic. To get an idea what is involved, you can check out youtube for lessons.

The best way to learn is to find an empty parking lot. Push the clutch in, put it in first gear, take foot off the brake, slowly let out the clutch to find out where it begins to engage and then push the clutch back in. Do this several times to get a feel for it. Once you're comfortable with the motion, as you let out the clutch, lightly press the accelerator (1,000 rpms), and once you start to move, let the clutch all the way out. You can press the accelerator before you let out the clutch if you're uncertain about it. To stop, push the clutch in and apply the brakes. Once you're comfortable moving in first, shifting to second is a matter of foot off the gas, push in the clutch, shift to second, let out the clutch while pushing the accelerator. Once you've mastered second, you've mastered all the higher gears. Shifting to a lower gear is a matter of foot off the gas, clutch in, shifting, clutch out and foot on or off the gas depending on your need (off if you're slowing down, on if you need power on a hill. once you're comfortable in a parking lot, you can then tackle the street. When you do, you will kill the engine several times, everyone starting out does it.
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