He taught me how to drive stick shift on vacation.
Getting to drive [almost] every day, I became a lot more confident in driving a manual transmission. And since it was a rental car with all sorts of insurance coverage on it, I was a little less nervous about breaking the car.
He was a very patient and encouraging teacher. Just like that time he taught me how to snowboard.
Let me say this, though. I sure wish I’d learned this when I was 16 and learning to drive. It’s far more stressful learning later, when you feel like you’re starting all over again. Plus, having your almost 5-month-old baby in the backseat adds a whole new level to the anxiety of shifting and stalling and driving through traffic and hoping you don’t cause any accidents.
We were lucky though, and Theo slept a lot of the time [thank you, buddy!] and that helped a lot.
I now feel a lot more confident in driving what is here a normal car. I still feel like it would be helpful to practice more, and thinking of driving in Hamburg with all this traffic makes me extremely nervous. But if worse came to worst, I could do it if I needed to. Whereas before, my inability to drive was definitely a handicap. I’ll admit, I still prefer automatic, though.
Can you drive stick shift? Which do you prefer?