Stick Shift car

Hello everyone,
I am interested in learning how to drive a stick shift car. Is anyone here in the Lake County area of Illinois that would be up to teach me? Must have a stick shift car that we use.

Welcome, JORGE, but that’s not really what this message board is for. I suggest look for a driving school in your area.

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Welcome to the SDMB, JORGE88.

Although it isn’t expressly forbidden, we generally don’t encourage meet-ups like this here, especially for folks with no history on the board. There are other websites where you are much more likely to find what you are looking for.

In the meantime, I will move this to our In My Humble Opinion forum so that people can give you advice on how to learn to drive a stick shift.

Moving thread from General Questions to In My Humble Opinion.

If you don’t have a car with a stick then why do you want to learn?

Everybody please congratulate me for not posting ANY of the countless permutations of the OP that have been running through my mind… :smack:

You gonna put down a deposit for when you wreck my vehicle?

You also gonna agree that any facial injuries you sustain are because you tripped?

I live in CA, but I have a manual transmission car, and I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than drive it to IL to teach some stranger how to drive it. Send me your e-mail so I can forward you my bank account and social security numbers first, please.

Just to prove your bonafides, of course.

But really the OP needs to come to the Bay Area, where you can teach him to drive a stick “sink or swim”-style. Maybe the Fell Street hill in SF during rush hour.

And of course, if you die that way, they won’t let you into heaven. You go to heaven, you see St. Peter, he’ll ask you, “How’d you die?” You say, “Me and a Volkswagen drifted backwards into the bay.” He says, “You go to hell.”

Bill Cosby - “Driving in San Francisco.”

I learned on something similar when I was about 14. I didn’t always make it!

There must be a buddy movie with cheesy metaphors in this.

Shifting Up, the hilarious and sometimes poignant tale of how a grouchy Californian taught a naive Illinois teenager to drive stick, and along the way learned that the changes we need to make in our lives don’t always come smoothly.

…and its porn parody, which adds leaking oil…

I once taught a younger relative to drive a stick. She almost ran us into a ditch, explaining: But I can’t shift and steer at the same time. To which I replied: If you have to choose only one of those things, STEER!!!

Jorge should join the army - apparently they teach you.

I hope this isn’t too far off topic, but I would like to learn how to play the trombone. Who can teach me?

You must provide the trombone, the slide grease, and the polishing cloth. You must come Thursday evenings between 7:00 and 9:00. And bring snacks.

Who can teach me?

If you have a mouthpiece, and by ‘learn how to play the trombone’ you mean learn how to make noise by blowing into it, and you move somewhere not very far from where I happen to be on any Thursday evening when I’m not doing anything else, and you don’t expect me to bring snacks for you also, then I’d be happy to help if I feel like it on that particular evening.

Forget it. Thanks for nothing.

See, I’m willing to go out of my way to help and this is how you respond. So yes, forget it, find someone else to help you learn to make noise with a trombone when it’s convenient for them.

OP, no one except maybe a close family member will risk their own car and transmission to help someone else learn to drive a stick, unless you offer to pay them.

Yep. My rule for teaching anyone to drive stick in my car is that they must be either married to me, or I must have known them since they were babies. The OP fits neither of those definitions so he’s out of luck. :cool: