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Do you know how to drive a stick shift?

Response Percent Votes
85% 1807
14% 299
Total 2106


Peaty Romano 6 years, 10 months ago

Me too :) 64 Chevy C10, I hated when it got stuck between gears!

puddleglum 6 years, 10 months ago

same here. 3-on the tree....there's nothing else that quite sez "powerless"

gphawk89 6 years, 10 months ago

Me, too. '67 C10 shortbed. Loved that little old truck. I'd probably still have it but I let my bro borrow it and he rolled it over and pretty much destroyed it. Does knowing how to use a manual choke make you old?

deec 6 years, 10 months ago

No, because I think they may still teach how to manually choke someone in the military.

Tom McCune 6 years, 10 months ago

59 Impala. Tail fins rule! Boy, would I love to have a restored 59 El Camino to cruise around in.

RoeDapple 6 years, 10 months ago

3,4,5 and 6 speed manual in cars. 6,9,10,13,16 and 20 in trucks. 3,4,5 and 6 on farm equipment. Antique road grader. And a "Cross drive" tranny in a Sherman tank once, belonged to a friend.


bad_dog 6 years, 10 months ago

I drove an old International dump truck equipped with a four speed shifter on the "tree" for the multi-range gearbox and a four speed tranny on the floor. 16 forward gears; 1st through 4th in the actual tranny and then 4 "ranges" through the gear box. You had to reach through the steering wheel with one hand to shift the lever for the gear "range" while shifting the gear box on the floor with the other hand. All at 30 + mph while driving down a western Kansas rutty dirt/sand road .

Yee haw!!!

Bill Lee 6 years, 10 months ago

I drive one every day. Driving an automatic isn't really's just aiming.

loosecaboose 6 years, 10 months ago

Me too, but too many forget to even aim.

Cait McKnelly 6 years, 10 months ago

My mother used to say that driving an automatic was just "stomp and steer".

Boosh 6 years, 10 months ago

Of course doesn't everybody? Out of dozen or so vehicles I've owned only 2 have been automatic.

average 6 years, 10 months ago

Just of the wrong age. Kinda interested in learning some day (it's a secret shame that I can't). But, my folks only had automatics by the time I was learning to drive. The friends I've had with sticks always said, "um, I'd love to teach you, but I don't want to ruin my clutch". So, the opportunity simply hasn't been there.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 10 months ago

Yes and can double-clutch when driving a vehicle with a non-syncho gearbox.

George_Braziller 6 years, 10 months ago

Every vehicle I've had in the last 30 years has been manual transmission. When I get in a vehicle with automatic transmission I keep hitting the break for the first ten minutes because I'm still unconsciously trying to push in the clutch to shift gears.

gphawk89 6 years, 10 months ago

I've been driving automatics for 15 years now, and I still subconciously try to push the clutch about half the time when I get in to start the engine.

Charlie Bannister 6 years, 10 months ago

Learned on a three on the tree 63 Ford Falcon. Ya this question makes me feel old :)

deec 6 years, 10 months ago

I loved our Falcon station wagon. It was my first car, after Mom got a newer car. But it was an automatic.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 10 months ago

Learned to drive in a 52 Plymouth Cranbrook with a three on the tree. My last manual trans car was a 91 SHO Taurus. That was one of the ones with a Yamaha V-6 and a 5 speed manual. Happy happy joy joy on twisty roads.

Gene Wallace 6 years, 10 months ago

'71 International 4x longbed, '74 and '75 VW Vans/buses, '72 Capri and dozens of various vehicles at an auto auction one Summer long ago.

countrygirl 6 years, 10 months ago

I learned in a '70 Chevy pick up with a 4 speed, and no power steering or brakes. Dad figured if we kids could learn to drive it we'd be Ok in most anything.

Marcy McGuffie 6 years, 10 months ago

When I was a young pup, I took driver's ed here is Lawrence, so I could get my learner's permit. One day was devoted to stick shift. I spent approximately 5 minutes behind the wheel of a stick shift car and my instructor told me that I should never drive stick. I guess I took it to heart. The hubby really wants to teach me...but I'm hesitant. I guess I need to get over it.

labmonkey 6 years, 10 months ago

Learn in a Ford....if you can master a Ford, then GM products and imports are much easier.

labmonkey 6 years, 10 months ago

Learned in an old '69 Chevy truck with a four speed, no power steering or brakes. Have had several smaller cars that had a 5-speed. I wished the car I have now offered a manual tranny.

trinity 6 years, 10 months ago

i learned how to drive in a '47 willys jeep with a floor starter button&of course manual daddy had it around for kicks. i'm laughing at the implication that you have to be "old" to be able to drive a stick?? wtf? the very first brand spankin' new car i ever was able to buy completely on my own (lol late bloomer i was fully grown&so were my kids!) I specifically chose a stick shift-it was an '02 vehicle! all my daughters are skilled at driving a manual transmission vehicle too. and they aren't "old". sheesh.

coloradoan 6 years, 10 months ago

The other (and under-appreciated) advantage is that it seems most car-jackers can't drive stick. For two out of the last 40-plus years I had an auto, otherwise it's all manual.

Deb Engstrom 6 years, 10 months ago

I learned on a 1946 Ford Coupe -- starter button, too. The good thing about that car was you couldn't hurt it. It was built like a tank. I took out a few fences and even hit the side of a building in the learning process but never hurt the car. I still prefer manual transmission on snow and ice.

Ralph Gage 6 years, 10 months ago

Wow! Used to drag race with mom's '52 Chevy. It's a wonder we didn't drop the tranny. Three speeds...

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 10 months ago

“The car practically drives itself.”

from the movie: 'Portrait in Black' (1960)

deec 6 years, 10 months ago

A friend tried to teach me once in the parking lot of the Walmart in Hays, Ks. It was not a success.

whats_going_on 6 years, 10 months ago

nothing is a success in that godawful place. Try here, willing to bet you'll have more luck.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 10 months ago

What do you mean it was not a success?

1) You got the car moving. 2) You did not ruin the clutch. 3) You did not ruin the transmission.

And all of those were very important, because we were a long ways from home at the time!

Amd besides, I think it may have been at a K Mart! I don't think there was a Wal Mart in Hays in 1979!

But granted, you didn't graduate to second gear.

true_patriot 6 years, 10 months ago

I learned to drive a motorcycle in 6th grade, which taught me the concept of clutching and shifting.

By the time I was of legal driving age, I'd driven manual transmission cars already (making the jump to clutching and shifting in a car from doing so on a motorcycle was easy) and at any rate they only had automatics in Driver's Ed, so I was just going through the motions to get my permit ASAP.

I like both automatics and sticks - they each have their pros and cons. I kind of like the newer transmissions that you can switch back and forth between auto and "manual", but it's not really a manual transmission and doesn't drive like one, so it's a half-hearted like.

compmd 6 years, 10 months ago

Learned on an old 5 speed VW Beetle. Through high school and college drove a manual Audi 90cs, Camaro RS, and VW Jetta GLI (which belonged to friends) and then my last manual car was a Volvo 740 GLE with the M47 sport 5 speed gearbox. My favorite manual tranny was on a friend's early 60s Mercedes 280SL; the shift pattern was in the shape of an M.

cds 6 years, 10 months ago

Sorry, you never drove a 5 speed bug unless it was one of the newer retro ones. All old bugs had 4 speeds.

DustyAcres 6 years, 10 months ago

My Dad taught me to drive his '54 Chevy pickup. I didn't drive an automatic until driver's ed. Still have a truck with 4 on the floor.

pace 6 years, 10 months ago

1960 ford flat 6, H column white pickup with a camper. Seat recovered in the material from my drapes from my bedroom window. Its name was Jennie, I miss it. silly me, just remembering, Stupid to sell it at 210,000 miles. Nice question.

riverdrifter 6 years, 10 months ago

Aryton Senna knew how to drive a "stick shift". Watch his right hand, it's as quick as it gets. Can't take your eyes off the road though...

rollcar 6 years, 10 months ago

I was only allowed to test for my first license on a manual. My dad later told me that he had planned ahead and bought one just for that reason. I can't thank him enough to this day, because once you learn you never forget. I believe it is a valuable skill that every driver should have, even if you never intend to own one yourself (which I have ever since).

Kris_H 6 years, 10 months ago

After I learned on the 3-on-the-tree in driver's ed way back in the day, I didn't drive another manual transmission vehicle until I bought me a pretty little Toyota pickup brand new in 1983. Then I sort of had to learn it all over again. The stoplights on some of the hills in Topeka were a real challenge. My friend told me I should put a sign on the back of the truck that said, "Warning, I roll backwards." Not half wrong...:D

Liberty275 6 years, 10 months ago

Wow, people that live in the middle of a cornfield can drive cars with manual transmissions. Try doing it in the Ozarks where the stop signs make you stop on 20 degree slopes. Add a car 5 feet behind you for grins. I'm thinking 99% of you would fail that test without resorting to lame tricks like using the parking brake.

Julie Craig 6 years, 10 months ago

I also had to learn in Drivers Ed. My instructor made me drive to downtown Lawrence where there's a stoplight at every intersection. I killed it the first two then started getting it after that. Also had the parallel parking lesson downtown. He had nerves of steel.

Rae Hudspeth 6 years, 10 months ago

I still do.

. and oh, look, another assumption that 99% of people who live here have never been anywhere else. yawn I guess I'm one of the 1 percent who can hold an 18 wheeler on a mountainside stop without using a parking brake.

slowplay 6 years, 10 months ago

54 Chevy Bel Air. It was a monster. Belonged to my Grandfather who never drove a car with an automatic. Called them "sissy" cars. I was 12. I could barely see above the wheel and he C clamped blocks on the pedals so I could reach them. By age 13 he would let me drive him to the grocery store (about 2 miles).

jhawkinsf 6 years, 10 months ago

All the vehicles in our family are sticks. It's what I learned on and what I've always felt most comfortable with. Yea, I'm getting old.

Ernest Barteldes 6 years, 10 months ago

Cars with stick shifts burn less gas. I learned to drive on a car with a stick - was living in South America at the time - And I miss it when I rent

Janet Lowther 6 years, 10 months ago

I learned on my dad's Ford Pinto, perfected my skills on a 1970 BMW 2002, and stayed with sticks 'till I bought a '93 Subaru and simply couldn't find one with a stick. I've even shifted gears with both hands, having put a thousand miles or so on a right hand drive in England.

For that matter it has gotten so a lot of cars can't be had with transmissions which will allow you to shift for yourself. It seems like you can only get a manual transmission if you special order the car except for the very cheapest models. . .

Christine Anderson 6 years, 10 months ago

Yep. I do prefer automatics, but in case of emergency, I think it's good to be able to drive either.

independant1 6 years, 10 months ago

ford tractor and 3 speed on floor '49 pick up

verity 6 years, 10 months ago

International tractor, "M" or "H" model, I was six. Actually I drove it in first gear all the way home by myself, but did learn to shift it a few years later. Is that child abuse?

Later we got a newer tractor that you could slam into torque amplifier in 5th gear and get it up to 25 mph. Made a whole lot of noise.

I've had a number of five on the floor, but with 4-cylinders. Pretty wimpy.

Clark Coan 6 years, 10 months ago

Yep, my first car--a '64 Rambler--had a stick on the column. It was painted a drab olive green and didn't last very long. The transmission went out after a few months because I abused it.

Mike Hatch 6 years, 10 months ago

I drove one for a few years about 20 years ago. I guess I could sort of do it now...if I really had to.

Kirk Larson 6 years, 10 months ago

My last few trucks have been manual transmission. I worry that they are getting harder to find when I have to find a new (old) one.

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