Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Conquering the Stick Shift

I have been driving an automatic for the 6 years that I've been driving. I've never really felt comfortable driving anything else. Today I forced to face my fear of the stick shift and drive Patrick's car to work. Mine needs to get the tires rotated and alligned before we go on our trip this weekend. He had a half day today so he gets to drive my easy breesy car and I get his shift.

I had a little bit of trouble BUT I did it! I stalled about 5 times just trying to get out of the parking spot (it was parallel parked) and then drove the whole way to work (on the highway) with the E brake on. YIKES! I didn't go over 55 because I was scared and it sounded funny (probably because of the emergency brake being on...). Now I know and hopefully the ride home will be better!


  1. Wow, you're brave - I can't drive a stick. Derek is going to teach me one of these days.

  2. I can't drive stick shift either! One day I will learn!

  3. My husband tried to teach me!! That was a joke!! When I first got in it, I was in 2nd gear when I had to come to a stop! Well, when I tried to go it kept stalling after the 3rd time and he could finally quit laughing, I was in 2nd trying to go!! I got out and walked home!! (down the street)!!