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Old 04-25-2007, 05:40 PM   #1
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Taught the kid to drive stick yesterday...

It was a nice day and I had the Fiat out, so His mom and I decided to teach him to drive a manual trans car (he's 14 and getting close enough to driving age to start teaching him). He caught on pretty quick, only stalling the car a couple times. He still has some spacial awareness issues for parking, and he was surprised at how hard it actually was (much different than playing video games, eh?)

Started by letting the clutch out till it started to grab, then pushing it back in. Did that a number of times until he was comfortable with the concept, then had him slowly let it all the way out to get it rolling. Did that a few times until he was comfortable, then had him add throttle slowly while letting the clutch grab slightly then pushing it back in. Took a bit, but it works.

Then did the reverse to come to a stop. That's where he stalled it, from not pushing the clutch all the way in when stopping. Took a bit to get comfortable with that, too.

I'll be working with him over the next year, though, so he'll be good at it pretty quickly.

But when we were done, he was happy that he was able to do something half of the country can't do... And I figure if he can drive the Fiat, any regular manual trans car will be cake.

And even though I tend to "yell" at those who will only drive a manual trans, I think this is one of the essentials of knowing how to drive, along with changing your own oil, tires, and light bulbs.
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:13 PM   #2
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Chris, you look like Jeremy Beedle, lol.....



Best to teach them young abot driving I guess....I never had that advantage (well I was only 19.....but not that young, lol). I was able to park before much else, mainly due to my practice around the garage (I was licenseless at the time though...). Good luck with the rest of the tuition though!
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Old 04-25-2007, 07:48 PM   #3
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I'm still getting used to driving a stick (I think I got it down, but don't feel comfortable driving it on busier streets).

Congrats
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Old 04-25-2007, 08:11 PM   #4
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Congrats to him


You must be a good teacher.
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Old 04-25-2007, 08:19 PM   #5
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We had a lot of fun, and I never once felt frustrated. He catches on quickly.
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Old 04-25-2007, 09:30 PM   #6
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1. Start car.

2. Depress clutch pedal.

3. Put into first.

4. Hold gas pedal to floor.

5. Side step clutch.

6. Hoopty doo!



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Old 04-26-2007, 02:34 AM   #7
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Wish I could've learned on something like that, but the Accord was hard enough. The transisiton to our Volvo and my Civic was pretty easy.

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(much different than playing video games, eh?)

Just for the record, I've never played a video game with parking involved
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:20 AM   #8
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And I figure if he can drive the Fiat, any regular manual trans car will be cake.

Is it harder to drive than other manuals?
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Old 04-26-2007, 01:22 PM   #9
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Is it harder to drive than other manuals?

It's got a stiff clutch that's kind of touchy, and the shifter isn't silky smooth like most late model Japanese shifters. It's more like driving an old truck, with close ratios and a shorter shifter. Hahahah.
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