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How Long To Drive A Car

My son just bought a car and it's a straight gear. He's always wanted to learn to drive one, but his first attempts have left him discouraged. How long did it take you to learn to drive a straight gear? Please pray for him.

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 ---Cana on 6/24/06
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"Straight gear"? I assume you mean a 4 or 5 speed standard transmission.

Don't worry. He'll learn to coordinate the clutch with moving the gear-shift knob soon enough.
---Jack on 11/10/07

Driving a stick means driving a car with a manual transmission. The one I wrote of was a 1969 Mercury Cougar with a 351 V8 and a four speed transmission. Later he put a 428 Super Cobra Jet V8 engine and an automatic transmission in it for me. It was fun to drive.
---Shari on 6/27/06

Shari .... for us British, what is "driving a stick"? I'm really puzzled!
---alan8869_of_UK on 6/27/06

Many years ago my boyfriend stopped in a parking lot and got out of the car. When I asked him what he was doing he said if I wanted to go home I had to learn how to drive a stick and drive us to my house. After an hour in the parking lot and thanking God it was after business hours and no other cars were present I started driving a stick. He gave me the car for a birthday present.
---Shari on 6/25/06

Thanks for the advice! After two days, my son drove around on the rural roads by himself. He still has problems going into 1st gear. He's hoping to master the city and hills soon. I appreciate your prayers and the good wisdom of experience.
---Cana on 6/25/06

I don't remember, exactly. It took awhile (maybe about 3 lessons) because you have to "get the feel" of the clutch. It can't be learned by mere explanation. But it's a great feeling of accomplishment when you do and once learned you never forget.
---Donna2277 on 6/25/06

I once tried to teach somebody how to drive a manual trans. by sitting next to them and patiently explaining step by step, giving pointers, listing do's and don'ts. It was a disaster. Finally I got out of the car and said just drive, you'll do it. They did. And as the old timers used to say...Don't ride the clutch!
---ralph7477 on 6/25/06

There have been several times we have sold a standard car to a customer and then taken them out to teach them how to drive the standard transmission. One young man recently purchased a new Mazda3 and I worked with him for about 2 hours. His father took him out a few times after that and he does fine now.
---Bruce5656 on 6/25/06

Hi, Do you mean a manual gear? It took me about 10 minutes to learn to drive a manual. Remember, the gears are in the shape of an H with first gear being the upper left point and nuetral being the connecting line of the H. I know, I probably confused him even more. Dont worry, he'll learn!
---sue on 6/25/06

Just tell your son to be patient. No one has ever gotten behind the wheel of a vehicle with a "straight gear" or manual transmission and driven it perfectly the first time, at least not that I am aware of. It takes time and practice.
---tommy3007 on 6/25/06

If it's a standard transmission that you are talking about, I don't remember how long it took me but my two sons each got the hang of it in about a week. They started out practicing in large parking lots when no one was around.
---DoryLory on 6/24/06

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