Monday, April 15, 2013

Question of the Day

Three on the tree, or four on the floor…

Can you drive a stick shift?

My first car, a 1965 Mustang 2+2, had a three speed manual.  I had had a few lessons in a VW, but the day we brought the car home (44 years ago this week), was my first real time with a manual.  I did okay, and I’ve had a variety of cars with manual transmission since, the last being a 1984 Subaru wagon.  When I bought my current Mustang, I had a chance to get a stick shift, but knowing that I spend a lot of time in stop-and-go traffic, I opted for the automatic.

16 barks and woofs on “Question of the Day

  1. Funny you should ask,just bought the first auto in twenty something years. Having a hell of a time learning to drive it.

  2. Nope, never learned, been driving 30+ years now. Always wanted to learn, but my coworker won’t let me try on his car 😉

  3. LOL. Yes, but in a UK car, right-hand drive. I learned during my year abroad.

    In a left-hand-drive car, my feet understand a clutch OK – but I keep opening the door instead of changing gears.

  4. Oh yes I can! I had a van with 3 on the column back in the 80’s. Then I had a Ford Probe with 4 on the floor. I loved driving that car!

  5. Shifting gears? Sure… on a bicycle. When I was about 10 years old, my dad taught me to drive a stick-shift car, but I didn’t have much facility with it. By the time I was old enough to drive for practical purposes, the family cars were always automatic.

    On a bicycle with a dérailleur, I am as comfortable as one can be in shifting gears… if the damned thing is properly adjusted, which it may be on the day you (or someone) adjusted it, but not longer…

    These days, I’m not driving at all. That will change, as I become accommodated to the prosthesis. I’ll stand on my own two feet, one I was born with and one on which I’m making regular payments.

  6. I learned to drive stick shift in tbe 50’s in Cuba. You couldn’t get a license unless you could drive tick shift.

  7. I learned to drive stick shift in tbe 50’s in Cuba. You couldn’t get a license unless you could drive stick shift.

  8. I’ve been driving my Mini Cooper with manual drive for the past ten years. I ordered it that way specifically because I thought it would be quicker off the start ….. and it is, much faster than our old BMW. It’s fun to drive and I believe having to negotiate physically as well as mentally while behind the wheel keeps my brain and body more alive. I’ll let you know when I hit 90.

  9. First car was a stick, so I learned how on that; automatic all the way up until my present vehicle, and it was as if there was no gap between the first and last.

  10. Yes, I learned on an International Metro Mite in ’66. I drove for Omar Bakeries. One of the salesmen broke his arm and I had to drive his route while he delivered. We got into a cul de sac in New Carlisle, Ohio and I was talking to him and he didn’t answer. I looked over and he wasn’t there. He fell out the door when we went around the cul de sac. He already had a broken arm and then got roughed up on the pavement!True Story.

  11. Yes. While I did initially learn to drive on an automatic (the trusty ’72 Dodge Dart with the powerful 225 slant six), every car I ever owned since then (until very recently) had a stick: 71 Datsun 1200; 70 Torino Cobra; 82 Ford EXP; 83 Isuzu Impulse; and 93 Honda Accord. The wife and I now both have Toyota Priuses (or whatever the plural of Prius is) and (sigh) you cannot get them with a stick. However I do loves my Prius.

  12. I missed manual transmission day in High School driver’s training. Then I got a summer job in agriculture and was told one day, get in the truck and take it over there. I tried my best, but it was pretty clear I didn’t have a clue. After a bit of laughing at me the men took me in hand and taught me how to drive big honking trucks with big honking sticks.

    After that, stick cars were a cinch. But I drive an automatic now.

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