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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, 12:25 AM   #7
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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!



Simple.

you drive in first all the time?
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:21 AM   #8
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Taught my fiancée how to drive manual, not on the goat though

Congrats Chris, good luck too
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:26 AM   #9
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Tried to teach my friend to drive manual. He stalled 53 times.


NEVER again.



He's one of those cocky people that thinks he always knows how to do something, and when you're learning a stick, you want to be slow and careful.
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:34 AM   #10
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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, 02:41 AM   #11
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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!



Simple.

1.depress clutch pedal



2.start car



3. hope the hobo doesnt eat my soul for trying to correct him
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Yeah, I think that makes two mistakes.
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:53 AM   #13
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1.depress clutch pedal



2.start car



3. hope the hobo doesnt eat my soul for trying to correct him
notice it wasn't in first to begin with.... he may have parked in neutral
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1.depress clutch pedal

2.start car

3. hope the hobo doesnt eat my soul for trying to correct him
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Yeah, I think that makes two mistakes.
Unless you two have some insider information that I'm unaware of, his 124 Spider (a '78 I think) doesn't have a clutch safety switch. We come from a time where cars weren't designed to protect us from ourselves. You are both now excused. My record is clean.
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:56 AM   #15
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notice it wasn't in first to begin with.... he may have parked in neutral
Then did he use the emergency brake? lol

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Unless you two have some insider information that I'm unaware of, his 124 Spider (a '78 I think) doesn't have a clutch safety switch. We come from a time where cars weren't designed to protect us from ourselves. You are both now excused. My record is clean.
Still, wouldn't it stall?...Unless you immediately depressed the clutch after starting it?
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