I like driving. I like driving a manual transmission car. I learned to drive on a manual. I had fully intended to teach the Kiddo to drive on my manual transmission Outback. From the time he was old enough to even think about driving, whenever we were in the car together, I would talk to him about how the transmission works, what the clutch does, how to hear/feel the engine so you know when to shift gears, etc.
The summer he was learning to drive, I tore my plantar fascia of my left foot. I was sentenced to 12 weeks in one of those boots. No using the clutch for me. Since Suburban Plankton also has a car with manual transmission, we went ahead and bought a little used automatic so I could get to work and stuff. So, I ended up teaching Kiddo to drive the automatic and that car became his once I could drive my car again. I had still planned to teach him to drive my car…but it was so convenient having him driving himself that we never got around to it.
Fast forward 2 years and we’re finally doing it. Took him out for the first time today. I guess he was paying attention all the times I was talking to him, because he did very well. Sure he killed the engine a few times, but in all, a successful first outing. He will definitely need more practice before he can take one of our cars out on his own, but he’s on his way.