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(CNN)   CNN asks the tough question no other site would dare to cover: Is knowing how to drive stick in America still essential?   (cnn.com) divider line 392
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2012-07-19 10:06:45 PM
hell no! but it's more fun when you have a fun stick shift car, e.g Mazda3!
 
2012-07-19 10:13:11 PM
i.imgur.com

My ride, stick, it would be a waste as an automatic.
 
2012-07-19 10:18:52 PM
One of my few regrets is that I never learned how to drive stick. An ex-bf tried to teach me once, but he got so pissy with me when I stalled it once that I just decided it wasn't worth the hassle.
 
2012-07-19 10:20:32 PM
This question might have raised an argument thirty years ago.

/today: meh
 
2012-07-19 10:21:01 PM

miss diminutive: One of my few regrets is that I never learned how to drive stick. An ex-bf tried to teach me once, but he got so pissy with me when I stalled it once that I just decided it wasn't worth the hassle.


It is worth the hassle, get a couple lessons somehow, and learn how to drive a stick!
 
2012-07-19 10:23:05 PM
Automatics are a lot better than they used to be, but there is a lot of enjoyment to be had in making a perfect 2-3 upshift, or matching revs on a downshift closely enough to avoid giving up traction on a wet curve.
 
2012-07-19 10:25:50 PM
Not to mention mpg goes way up with a stick.
 
2012-07-19 10:33:47 PM
I have a stick. I'm over it. I can't talk on the phone or shave.
 
2012-07-19 10:41:21 PM
If you can't drive stick, you can't drive yet.

That's pretty much how it goes. Sure you can navigate an automatic passenger car from A to B without killing anyone, but you couldn't use a stick.

On the other hand someone who can drive stick can also drive automatic without so much as moment's hesitation. It's a superior skill. Literally it trumps the other kind of driving.
 
2012-07-19 10:47:49 PM

kimwim: Not to mention mpg goes way up with a stick.


That might be a harder sell these days. Toyota and Honda peg their manual and auto models within 1mpg of each other, and those estimates are by a trained pro who knows exactly when and how to shift to keep the mileage up. I suspect real-world mileage might actually be a tad worse for the manuals. (especially since people who have a manual often *enjoy* driving, instead of simply tolerating it.)

But, hey, I tell everyone I drive a station wagon because of the excellent safety record and family-friendly roomy interior. The shrieking turbo and W-rated tires are just for... um... highway safety! help me out here...
 
2012-07-19 10:48:18 PM
If you have a manual transmission, it helps to know how to drive a stick.

What an idiotic, FARK ready article.

/CNN, the Children's Neato Network
 
2012-07-19 10:52:15 PM

miss diminutive: One of my few regrets is that I never learned how to drive stick. An ex-bf tried to teach me once, but he got so pissy with me when I stalled it once that I just decided it wasn't worth the hassle.


You have to stall it a few times. That's just how it goes. Then it clicks and you're in. Give it another chance.
 
2012-07-19 11:04:46 PM

revrendjim: You have to stall it a few times. That's just how it goes. Then it clicks and you're in. Give it another chance.


Are you still talking about driving? Because that gave me a boner.
 
2012-07-19 11:23:50 PM
I enjoy driving my standards. My daughter wants nothing to do with automatics. My son wants nothing to do with standards. The other kids want to learn to drive standard. If they can, great. If not, eh. Whatever.
 
2012-07-19 11:59:07 PM
i haven't owned a manual since the old honda civic i learned on, but i still can't get comfortable steering with my right hand. even on really long road trips i drive with the left hand and rest my right on the center console, preferably gripping whatever automatic shifter is there.
 
2012-07-20 12:01:03 AM
Road tests should be taken with a stick shift, because that's what you're applying for a license to drive.

On the plus side, at least I won't have any no driving skills retards asking to borrow my car, or jacking it.
 
2012-07-20 12:04:49 AM

miss diminutive: One of my few regrets is that I never learned how to drive stick. An ex-bf tried to teach me once, but he got so pissy with me when I stalled it once that I just decided it wasn't worth the hassle.


It's incredibly worth it. You should try again with somebody who isn't an impatient sissy. Stalling out is just part of the deal when you're learning.
 
2012-07-20 12:04:56 AM

TommyymmoT: Road tests should be taken with a stick shift, because that's what you're applying for a license to drive.

On the plus side, at least I won't have any no driving skills retards asking to borrow my car, or jacking it.


you don't have to lend me your car, but you can't stop me from jacking it.
 
2012-07-20 12:05:26 AM
Knowing how to swim, cook perform CPR, do your own home repairs, fixing your own computer, etc isn't essential either, but wouldn't you rather know how?

I can't think of a single person who would regret knowing how to do those things.
 
2012-07-20 12:07:32 AM

thomps: TommyymmoT: Road tests should be taken with a stick shift, because that's what you're applying for a license to drive.

On the plus side, at least I won't have any no driving skills retards asking to borrow my car, or jacking it.

you don't have to lend me your car, but you can't stop me from jacking it.


I've heard of several car jacking attempts that failed because the thief couldn't figure out how to make the thing go.
 
2012-07-20 12:07:36 AM

TommyymmoT: Knowing how to swim, cook perform CPR, do your own home repairs, fixing your own computer, etc isn't essential either, but wouldn't you rather know how?

I can't think of a single person who would regret knowing how to do those things.


maybe, but the barrier to entry for learning to drive a stick is fairly steep - not that many people are willing to let someone destroy their transmission in order to learn.
 
2012-07-20 12:08:12 AM

TommyymmoT: thomps: TommyymmoT: Road tests should be taken with a stick shift, because that's what you're applying for a license to drive.

On the plus side, at least I won't have any no driving skills retards asking to borrow my car, or jacking it.

you don't have to lend me your car, but you can't stop me from jacking it.

I've heard of several car jacking attempts that failed because the thief couldn't figure out how to make the thing go.


oh. right. car jacking.
 
2012-07-20 12:10:30 AM
I learned on a '71 Jeepster Commando. I also learned how to use the other PITA stick, and lock and unlock the hubs with a rock. I still have the Jeep.
 
2012-07-20 12:12:17 AM
I learned how to drive on a manual column shift

/with overdrive
//leavest thou my greensward
 
2012-07-20 12:15:37 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I learned how to drive on a manual column shift

/with overdrive
//leavest thou my greensward


That was my second manual transmission, on a work truck. Before that, I learned on a VW Van in 1976. Now THAT's a manual.

/like a damn 18 wheeler
 
2012-07-20 12:15:41 AM

miss diminutive: One of my few regrets is that I never learned how to drive stick. An ex-bf tried to teach me once, but he got so pissy with me when I stalled it once that I just decided it wasn't worth the hassle.


Everyone stalls the first time. Your bf was a douche, good thing he's an ex.
 
2012-07-20 12:19:49 AM

nvmac: MaudlinMutantMollusk: I learned how to drive on a manual column shift

/with overdrive
//leavest thou my greensward

That was my second manual transmission, on a work truck. Before that, I learned on a VW Van in 1976. Now THAT's a manual.

/like a damn 18 wheeler


Heh... I owned a '63 Bus

/4 inches of free play in the steering
//and a manual
 
2012-07-20 12:24:33 AM
I drive a stick and ride a motorcycle. I'm a little bit of a control freak where shifting gears is concerned.
 
2012-07-20 12:54:48 AM
The only thing that sucks about being able to drive a stick is that it narrows down the designated driver pool. I'm 38 (no spring chicken) but for some reason I'm still the 4th dentist who doesn't own an automatic no matter where I am.

Every day, at least 20 people in America try to carjack someone and cheese it or get arrested when it turns out to be a stick (citation needed, but we've all seen these stories).

Anyway, I love manuals. I'm a huge gearhead and automatics are the bane of my existence. I despise them. If given the opportunity to drive your automatic to the store to pick up ice cream because you're pregnant or just being you vs. driving a stick four states away for a pack of cigarettes - I'm taking the manual.

Some of the most underpowered but entertaining cars I've ever driven (Honda CRX and other foreign 4-bangers) were fun as hell because they were sticks. The automatic versions were like driving a grandfather clock.

Full disclosure, noted in profile: I'm a raging motorcycle commuter nerd, so what I say about cars should be largely ignored. Except transmissions. Not shifting gears every few seconds is like a day without sunshine.

How do you folks live like that? It's like farking in the same position for all those cumulative hours you'll spend driving in your whole life, man. Communicate with your machine, dammit.

/wegotabadassoverhere.jpg
 
2012-07-20 12:59:56 AM
Is knowing how to drive stick in America still essential?

Only if she wants a second date.
 
2012-07-20 01:00:33 AM
Why WOULDN'T you at least want to have that skillset? If nothing else, it at least opens up avenues for buying different vehicles.

Plus, hey, that's a skill that's transferable to riding a motorcycle.
 
2012-07-20 01:04:49 AM

The My Little Pony Killer: miss diminutive: One of my few regrets is that I never learned how to drive stick. An ex-bf tried to teach me once, but he got so pissy with me when I stalled it once that I just decided it wasn't worth the hassle.

It's incredibly worth it. You should try again with somebody who isn't an impatient sissy. Stalling out is just part of the deal when you're learning.


That's what I figured, stalling is just part of the learning experience. Apparently he learned to drive without stalling (so he claimed). He was kind of a douche when it came to things like that, not surprisingly we didn't last very long after that.

I would ask my dad, since he was the one who taught me to drive in the first place, but he's got the worst case of invisible brake syndrome* that just makes me tense up and forget what I'm doing.

*while in the passenger seat his foot slams the floorboard instinctively, looking for the brake pedal that isn't there
 
2012-07-20 01:07:26 AM
My second car was a '73 Nova, with a 3 speed on the floor. I asked my dad to teach me to drive it. My lesson was as follows "Brian give it equal smooth clutch release to gas" "The game is back on" He walked away.
 
2012-07-20 01:12:53 AM

miss diminutive: The My Little Pony Killer: miss diminutive: One of my few regrets is that I never learned how to drive stick. An ex-bf tried to teach me once, but he got so pissy with me when I stalled it once that I just decided it wasn't worth the hassle.

It's incredibly worth it. You should try again with somebody who isn't an impatient sissy. Stalling out is just part of the deal when you're learning.

That's what I figured, stalling is just part of the learning experience. Apparently he learned to drive without stalling (so he claimed). He was kind of a douche when it came to things like that, not surprisingly we didn't last very long after that.

I would ask my dad, since he was the one who taught me to drive in the first place, but he's got the worst case of invisible brake syndrome* that just makes me tense up and forget what I'm doing.

*while in the passenger seat his foot slams the floorboard instinctively, looking for the brake pedal that isn't there


Learn by yourself if at all possible. I learned on a big block V8 '66 Chevy and as long as my granddad was screaming at me to stop stalling out I couldn't help but stall. As soon as I had it on my own I was literally peeling rubber (old tires). Good times.
 
2012-07-20 01:15:58 AM
Curiously Nugatory News

(look it up)
 
2012-07-20 01:16:25 AM
Learned on a 65 Impala, 3 on the tree, manual steering and brakes.

After that I can drive anything.

// Currently own a manual transmission, wouldn't miss having it on hilly terrain or in wet weather, which Seattle has both in abundance.
 
2012-07-20 01:19:08 AM

dopeydwarf: miss diminutive: The My Little Pony Killer: miss diminutive: One of my few regrets is that I never learned how to drive stick. An ex-bf tried to teach me once, but he got so pissy with me when I stalled it once that I just decided it wasn't worth the hassle.

It's incredibly worth it. You should try again with somebody who isn't an impatient sissy. Stalling out is just part of the deal when you're learning.

That's what I figured, stalling is just part of the learning experience. Apparently he learned to drive without stalling (so he claimed). He was kind of a douche when it came to things like that, not surprisingly we didn't last very long after that.

I would ask my dad, since he was the one who taught me to drive in the first place, but he's got the worst case of invisible brake syndrome* that just makes me tense up and forget what I'm doing.

*while in the passenger seat his foot slams the floorboard instinctively, looking for the brake pedal that isn't there

Learn by yourself if at all possible. I learned on a big block V8 '66 Chevy and as long as my granddad was screaming at me to stop stalling out I couldn't help but stall. As soon as I had it on my own I was literally peeling rubber (old tires). Good times.


That's a good idea. I just need to find a gullible generous friend who'll lend me their manual car and while not wanting to be in the car while I drive it.
 
2012-07-20 01:44:18 AM

dickfreckle: Not shifting gears every few seconds is like a day without sunshine.


Damn skippy
 
2012-07-20 02:30:57 AM

miss diminutive: One of my few regrets is that I never learned how to drive stick. An ex-bf tried to teach me once, but he got so pissy with me when I stalled it once that I just decided it wasn't worth the hassle.


If you have the coordination to use a video game controller, you certainly have the coordination to drive stick. My car is a manual and I prefer it that way, but my town has very little congestion. If I was in stop-start traffic every day, I might just prefer an automatic. If I'm ever in the position to buy a performance car, I would insist on a manual, though.

Horses for courses, really.
 
2012-07-20 02:51:28 AM

kimwim: [i.imgur.com image 717x960]

My ride, stick, it would be a waste as an automatic.


Are we supposed to be reading something more into that picture?
 
2012-07-20 03:33:34 AM

doglover: dickfreckle: Not shifting gears every few seconds is like a day without sunshine.

Damn skippy


I shift gears as often as you post ponies!

You scarred me in that TFD thread. Don't recall headline, but the ponies just would not stop. Nevertheless, you're fav'd.

/please stop with the ponies shaking ass
 
2012-07-20 03:40:28 AM
I tried to learn how to drive a manual one evening many moons ago since I was supposed to be the DD. I got it into 2nd gear and stalled out trying to downshift into 1st at a stop sign. Repeatedly.

Needless to say I got so farking plastered that night that I was talking to an FSU student.

/and yes, from my point of view as a Gators fan that was a very bad thing, no matter how attractive
 
2012-07-20 04:12:54 AM

dickfreckle: /please stop with the ponies shaking ass


Molestia gifs are for special occasions.
 
2012-07-20 04:35:28 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I learned how to drive on a manual column shift

/with overdrive
//leavest thou my greensward


The last person I knew who could handle a three-on-the-tree was a WWII veteran.

Dost thou have a root vegetable upon thy halberd?
 
2012-07-20 04:36:40 AM
Could have just asked these guys:

stblogs.motortrend.com

Or these:

www.blogcdn.com

No comment:

www.mediaspy.org
 
2012-07-20 04:38:04 AM
My daughter and friends went into town to watch latest Batman movie.

Came back and found they'd left lights on and battery flat.

Me: "Did you try push starting it?"

Her: 'WTF is that? How wd that work'

/yeah I know onions, belt, lawns
 
2012-07-20 04:38:57 AM
I love driving my five speed. Not only am i used to it, and am more comfortable than with a automatic, i don't have to worry about the hood rats stealing it when i take the missus into town.

/just saying.
 
2012-07-20 04:39:06 AM
I haven't heard anybody state the obvious. If you're a guy, and can't drive a stick shift, you're not a real man.

// Just stating the facts. Can you handle the truth?
 
2012-07-20 04:39:27 AM
even funner than learning to drive a stick, driving a semi and not using the clutch like you would be accustomed to in a regular manual transmission.

/that and 13 or more gears you get to shift through to get up to speed.
 
2012-07-20 04:49:52 AM
I have a stick, next car will be automatic, no reason for me to do the work. I wish the next car would just drive itself, but probably not.
 
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