Because I am in the midst of that experience right now. It gets better right? RIGHT?!?!?
Well that was an interesting last couple of days to say the least. My teen daughter has had her driving lessons and drives our truck fairly well, but it is an automatic. She has been driving all over the place with us in the truck and has the overall concept down fairly well. She has 4 months to go before she can get her actual drivers license but she can drive with the wife and I. Overall I think she is doing well, so I thought it would be a good time to introduce the clutch into the equation.
So…Since it is Spring Break here, I thought I would take her to an empty parking lot and try and teach her to drive a stick shift. I think that is something everyone should know how to do. I have a little 1994 Miata that is really a garage queen. 39,000 miles is all it has on it, but it is easy to drive and you can even start out in 2nd or 3rd gear if you forget to shift to first. Nothing like pressure to teach you right.
Today she did better then yesterday, I would say she is about 80% there. Downhill or on the flat she has it most of the time, only stalling a few times. Uphill or on an incline, stalling the majority of the time. She finally is getting the relationship of the clutch/gas/emergency brake, but man she has a ways to go, especially uphill.
Anyone here have a good lesson? Me and my neck would appreciate it.
Or feel free to share your first driving a clutch story. I learned the hard way, I purchased a car from a credit union for a great price. I got it and then sort of realized it was NOT an automatic. I had sort of driven a car with a clutch a couple times but wasn’t too good at it. But I had to get that car home, and so I drove it, poorly at first but I got the hang of it pretty fast in rush hour traffic!
So what is your learning to drive a clutch story or lesson?