Feb 5

Sat '11

Finally Learning

I am finally learning to drive a standard, stick shift automobile. When I was learning to drive, I took 1 lesson with a teacher in a standard. It was great. I thought I was a natural at it. Then I attempted to drive a “normal” standard car and realized I really sucked at it! It turns out that in my lesson, the teacher in the passenger’s seat had his own clutch and he was helping me with the clutch the whole time. I mean how the heck and am I supposed to learn to drive a standard if he is doing it for me. I was frustrated. But it was too late to be angry.

Anyway, Peter has always owned a standard car. I never understood it because life is just so much easier with an automatic. He says that he would never own anything but a standard. He likes to have total control over the vehicle. I tried to learn on his car when he got it about 4 years ago, but it was just one night of driving around in a parking lot and just getting frustrated. Every time I got up in the gears, I had to slow down because the parking lot ended. LOL. It wasn’t the best situation to learn. But today I decided that I finally need to learn properly. It may take time, but it will be worth it. It is such a great skill to have.

So tonight, we drove around our community for half an hour or so. Stopping and going. I even ventured on more of a main road where there was even traffic! Ah. I wasn’t on it for long, but I did have to stop for a pedestrian and get going again. I hope the guy that was behind me wasn’t mad that I was a little slower. Oh well. If Peter and I keep practising, I am sure that I will get the hang of it eventually.

One of the biggest reasons I want to learn to drive his car is that Peter and I are going to Seattle from March 9-13. We are driving there and we want to do all the driving in one day. It will be 13 hours of driving. It’s not fair to ask Peter to do all the driving. We could take my car, but I would be scared of vandalism because it’s kind of decked out in Canadian stuff. Hence, my standard lessons. :geek:

So what do you prefer to drive: A standard or an automatic vehicle?!?

Filed under: Car, Travel

4 Responses to “Finally Learning”

  • Holly
    February 6, 2011 @ 1:22 am

    DEFINITELY automatic! I HATE manual cars! One more thing to worry about and screw up! Argh!

  • Jason
    February 6, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    Hmm. I still have to learn to drive.

  • Jane
    February 6, 2011 @ 4:57 pm

    I have never driven an automatic, I have been a manual girl from the day I learnt to drive. I have no intention of changing as manual cars have better acceleration than automatics. Also, when I am doing long motorway journeys (get up to top gear and stay there for an hour), I get bored and sleepy. Whereas driving on streets that require me to stop, start, speed up, slow down and change my gears while doing these things, keep me alert.

  • Cathrine
    February 7, 2011 @ 1:04 am

    I can’t drive 😳 But I’m going to learn how to drive a standard car. It’s overwhelming at first, that’s for sure!

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