You can’t learn to drive a stick shift if you don’t have a stick shift car to learn on. But you can’t have a stick shift car unless if you know how to drive one. It’s a vicious circle! Ok, not really. You actually have access to many more stick shift cars than you might be aware of. Here are our top recommendations for finding a stick shift car to learn on and practice with.
When it comes to learning to drive a manual transmission car, there are two aspects. The first is the technical elements of what you do with your hands and feet. The second is how you decide to orient yourself emotionally to the experience of learning to drive a manual transmission so that it is a relatively painless.
When our customers express anxiety about taking a stick shift driving lesson, they're usually envisioning awful things happening that, well, don't ever really happen. Because they've never done it before, they don't know what the worst thing is that could happen. After helping over 1000 people to learn how to drive a manual transmission car, we've seen "the worst" and it ain't nearly as bad as you might expect. My best advice for learning stick shift actually has more to do with emotions than it has to do with your feet and hands. Whether you learn with us, a friend, or an instructor at a driving school, here are some tips to help you learn to drive a stick shift on the right foot.