#56: Drive a stick-shift and not die

Okay, story time.

When I was 16 my dad bought me a car. It was cute. It was red. It was sporty… and it was a stick. I was a horrible driver to begin with, and that coupled with my ridiculous impatience made driving it a complete nightmare. I dreaded it! Honest to God, I cried when it would stall on me, and I pretty much swore off manual cars altogether when I killed the engine and full on STOPPED in the middle of one of the busiest intersections in town. WHILE TRAFFIC WAS COMING TOWARD ME. Needless to say, we swapped it out for an automatic. (Drama queen.)

I’ve always felt completely stupid about giving up on something so simple and that so many other people could do, so I added this to my 101 Things list. I haven’t driven one since that little red car, but today I can proudly cross it of that list.

Okayokayokay, so I drove Justin’s car around the block to my parents’ house to do a load of laundry. Aaaand, I may have stalled it no less than 10 times before making it out of our apartment complex’s parking lot. But I totally realized I hadn’t released the E-brake before I could do any major damage, so… BAM. I win.

7 thoughts on “#56: Drive a stick-shift and not die

  1. good for you! I will never ever give stick shift a try again, no matter how many times people have tried to teach me, I stall out a million times. Thankfully, there’s just no need for stick in this world anymore, do they still even make them besides in sports cars?

  2. I never quit, but I did have a hard time learning how to drive one. Now it’s so second nature to me what automatics drive me crazy!

  3. I have never, ever driven a stick. Ever. And I don’t have any desire to learn. The hubby wanted to teach me when we were stationed over in England since it was easier to find sticks than automatics. Ummm..>NO. Why in God’s green earth would I want to learn it when it’s all on the opposite side of the car? I would’ve had to learn how to shift with my left hand and I would’ve been all confused when we moved back stateside. So I said no thanks. I blamed it on the fact that I have tendonitis in my left wrist and that when it flares up my left hand is totally useless (absolutely true, btw). That got me out of learning ;) And we haven’t owned a stick since, so I haven’t had to worry about it. Yet.

  4. Happy to hear you didn’t die, lol. I Hate driving stick, its like one more thing to think about and I am paranoid enough about driving.

  5. That’s such a good thing to add to your life to-do list. My high school boyfriend taught me how to drive his manual truck and I remember FREAKING OUT when it would stall smack dab in the middle of the road. Terrifying.

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