Help us reach our goal of teaching 500 drivers in 50 days how to drive a manual!
There’s nothing like driving a stick shift – feeling the gears change, connecting with the car and the road – and we’re on a mission to get more people experiencing that excitement.
It all starts on National Stick Shift Day (July 16). We’ll be kicking off the day at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, celebrating 10 years of the Hagerty Driving Experience (our program designed to teach young drivers how to operate a vehicle with a manual transmission)!
You can take part no matter where you are, anytime from July 16 – Sept. 3 - here's how:
Thank you for joining the fun - Never Stop Driving!
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Parking lots are the only real place anyone should be learning something they are unfamiliar with till they get enough confidence. Good place to start with the 18 year old perhaps.
I had the same issue, but it was for my step son so we bought a cheap stick that he can learn on and if he kills it no big deal. The plan was to find a 500 car but we decided to get something we can use for dump runs and a back up in the snow so went for 4x4 truck for a bit more. The other option is some of the non commercial auto rental places have manuals you can rent.
Yes, this is very accurate. I know Hagerty always encourages classic car drivers to get the younger folks involved, but it's really hard to engage the younger crowd if all they can do is look at the cars. My two classic cars are not valuable trailer queens and I know several "under 25" folks who are very interested in old cars. I have been tempted to look for different insurance so I can share the hobby with the younger set before we lose them altogether. The recent grads at my company all lust over Teslas and couldn't care less about old cars without a giant screen on the dashboard. One day, nobody is going to want the vehicles we cherish if we can't share the joy...
Tried that with my wife years ago. Did fine as long as it was in a parking lot or no traffic. Got flustered too fast and couldn't take off in traffic.
OMG. OHCOddball, Your story sounds oh to familiar. So I had a 280ZX Turbo. Tried to teach "the wife" to drive that sweet 5 speed. At that point in my life it was the nicest car I had ever owned. Sold the car the very next day, still have "the wife" going on 38 years. Best choice I ever made. Take care.
in’49, I was 14 years. Dad put me in a 2-ton Dodge flatbed, 4 speed stick, no-sync tranny and a two-speed rear end. I’d been paying attention when he drove and began double-clutching right off the line. Scraped a couple of gears at first but got the hang of it. Traffic was a big part of the lesson. But I’d been driving our Plymouth on a regular basis, which helped a lot
My daughter got her license - today! So this will be a fun reason to teach her stick.
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I NEVER THOUGHT OF THIS - TEACHING MY WIFE AND SON HOW TO DRIVE A STICK.
Count me in - This is how I met my wife, she fell in love with my 1970 TR6 and showed me how to speed shift, now 50 years later she still showing me how to live.
What a great way to pas the "stick" . . . so to speak. Another convert to the joys of the manual transmission - so much better than placing the transmission in drive & mashing the "go" pedal. Oh the joys as the mighty 5.0 V-8 climbs into the higher RPM's and the glorious sound from the dual exhaust.
I'm out near Denver International, and willing to teach ANYONE to shift!
Ive been a professional driving instructor, and have 3+ million mikes of driving under my belt, almost all by using three pedals.
Already Planning to teach my 16yr old Daughter Manual Transmission.
All I've ever really owned were Sticks and she is familiar with shifting as I let her shift the stick all the time. This should be pretty easy 🙂
Taught my 16 yr old daughter, 8 yrs ago... she grumbled and complained, at her Dad's house they had an automatic but at mom's she had the choice of learning stick or not driving. She learned stick. And then the boys found out she could drive stick. She stopped complaining!
My 25 year-old son has been saying for years he wants to learn a manual. This is the perfect opportunity to get him to do it. The only problem will be after he learns he'll want to drive my cars!
I learned to drive a stick way back in the 3 on the tree days! My daughter never wanted to learn a manual shift until we bought a Challenger and Crossfire Convertible. Now she's very interested in learning. I take your challenge!
I am in for sure! I hope you'll send hats to Canada! I first learned to drive on my dad's 5 speed 1995 Nissan 240sx and I still drive the car to this day, 22 years later 🙂
Other than a dirt bike, my first experience with driving a stick was at 16 while taking my school bus driver training. Nailed it on the first go! However, one point stressed was starting on a hill vs your explanation... I was taught while keeping my right foot on the brake to slowly release the clutch until I could feel the engine lugging just enough to allow me to move to the throttle without rolling back.
Great.... let's have another special day where we encourage the manufacturers to KEEP MAKING the manual trans. Lots of cars I'd buy but for the autobox, which turns me off.
Not entirely sure I'm down with this. I've had many people ask to drive my car, then they see it's a manual shifter and they're out. Which works out well for me, as I don't have to say no. I may consider doing it, but my Viper is not much of a "learners" car.
Pretty cool! About a week ago I needed to valet park my Boxster at a hospital. (Long story--I never valet park.) Only the supervisor knew how to drive a stick! Came out 2 hours later and the car was 30 feet from where I dropped it off--probably pushed there, LOL.