Stick Shift

Driving Lessons

Birmingham, AL


 

Stick Shift Specialists

​We specialize in stick shift and nothing else!

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Why Choose Us?

Specialists - Only teach stick shift.

Car Included - Instructors provide the car for practice.

Open Practice Area - Learn in an empty parking lot.

Complete curriculum - Learn hill starts, parking, up and down shifting, and more.

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Student Requirements

In order to be eligible to take a lesson, the student must meet all of the following requirements:

  • The student must be 18 years old or older. We cannot teach anyone who is under 18.
  • The student must have a driver's license. We cannot teach anyone who has a permit. The student must be fully licensed.
  • The student must have car insurance. We cannot teach anyone who is not an insured driver.

We cannot make any exceptions to this policy due to regulations and insurance requirements.

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Lessons & Packages​

Whether you're starting from scratch, need additional time, or just need a quick refresher, we have the right lesson plan tailored to fit your needs.

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Level 1

  • Perfect for: UPS, Valet parking, mechanics moving cars on the lot, automobile detailers.
  • The basic package is ideal for anyone who needs to drive a stick shift at low speeds. You’ll learn how to engage first and second gear, engage the reverse, and feather the clutch to move the car into and out of parking spots, engine bays, and show rooms. 
  • This lesson plan typically takes about one to two hours to complete, though some students finish sooner. 

For pricing information, see "Purchase a Lesson" at bottom of page

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Level 2

  • Perfect for: Vehicles under 250 Horsepower, renting cars while traveling
  • Most popular training package.
  • Level 2 gives you a blend of value and experience, teaching you how to go up through the gears, downshift, parallel parking, and parking in parking lots. This is what we’d recommend if you’re going to drive on the open road. 
  • This lesson plan typically takes about one and a half to three hours to complete, though some students finish sooner. 

For pricing information, see "Purchase a Lesson" at bottom of page

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​Level 3

​High-Power Vehicle Training

  • Perfect for: Vehicles over 250 Horsepower
  • Level 3 is where you get prepared for the power and sensitivity of sports cars and heavy duty trucks. The basic mechanics of a 250+ vehicle are the same, but the big difference is in pedal control. You’re going to need precise shifting, rev matching, and power management so that you protect your clutch when getting the lead out. But even more important is managing all of that power at low speeds. Feathering into a parking spot can be tricky when you have a massively powerful engine under the hood. Your instructor will pay extra attention to pedal control, focusing on toe heel and feathering the clutch so that you maintain smooth and steady control at low speeds. The last thing you want to do is accidentally lurch forward and scratch your bumper. 
  • NOTE: This lesson is usually taught with a vehicle that has LESS than 250 horsepower. The core focus of this course is repetition and practice of the maneuvers that are difficult for new stick shift drivers if they drive a powerful sports car AFTER the lesson. Learning these skills does NOT require use of a powerful car. 
  • This lesson plan typically takes about two to four hours to complete, though some students finish sooner. 


For pricing information, see "Purchase a Lesson" at bottom of page

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Contact Us

 

Stick Shift Driving Academy

Birmingham, AL, 35205

(205) 922-6800 (205) 922-6800

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