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!
Just got back from a lesson with Hayden. He has done the class in school and is ready for his permit in 2 months so it’s perfect time to get him used to the feel of clutch. Flat parking lot, with some obstacles. He did great. Ready for more.
I purchased my 15 year old son a 6 speed, even though he could not drive one yet. I figure it was the best way to limit the 'text and drive' exposure. He was mad at first, but has become increasingly happy because he can now do something that almost no-one at his school can do. I'm happy because he can't lend out his car to very many people.
Wonderful idea, owned a 350Z and had a favorite niece (high school senior) who would look way cool driving this convertible and underused beauty to high school her last month. Off to an empty parking lot for lessons and practice.
Well, there are just some folks who may never have the skills needed to learn these movements. After two weeks of trials and tribulations we gave up these noble lessons.
End story, my 350Z required a new clutch and power plate costing over $3,000.
Sometimes good intentions…,,,,,,
This was today before I saw the email. My daughter learning to drive on the 2007 Mini Cooper with its 6spd manual and JCW shifter, that I built for her. I made her watch how a clutch works on YouTube first. She’ll be on her own in no time!
I have three manual vehicles btw:
2019 Mini Cooper S
2018 BMW 440i
1989 Mustang LX 5.0 (for sale)
Nothing more engaging than being behind the wheel of a car you're in full control of. Throw the slushboxes away, #SavetheManuals
Everybody should learn how to drive stick. It was one of my house rules when my kids were learning to drive and now they thank me for teaching them. I think I'll find a new student!
What an amazing coincidence, I'm teaching my son at this exact moment. He's doing great! I'd also like to say "Thanks" for this post and the free merch offer, it's a really superb idea. Pictures to follow!
I sold my 66 Vette which was my last stick classic, unfortunately my other two are automatic.
In my day I have taught quite a few people to drive stick and would love to do it again.
Funny story. I had just had a left knee replacement, and two candy stripers, a boy and a girl, were wheeling me to my ride home. We were chatting and I said I wouldn’t be able to drive my Corvette for a while. Of course, they ask why and I told them because it was a tick shift. They ask was that the kind of car that had that thingy coming out of the floor. Needless to say, my wife and I laughed.
Any way I’d would love to teach anyone who wants to learn.
A great idea. I am pretend-offended that you didn’t include the shift pattern for Triumphs; Lift and right-back for reverse. You will need to include that in the 2nd edition.
Also, you missed a really effective teaching method. It comes from the Tappet Brothers (Tom & Ray Magliotti), and works great. Have the student start the car from a dead stop using only the clutch. They learn not to drop the clutch really quickly this way.
Does this count? I have taught all six of my kids how to drive in my Chevy truck with a 5-speed manual and 4-wheel drive. Their first vehicles had to be a manual also.
You're never to old to learn right? Taught my 36 year old son how to drive a 5 speed.
Clutch needed replacing anyways. 🙂 My '01 Mitsubishi Eclipse will never be the same and now he wants to borrow it!
Great idea and I'm going to teach my lady how to drive my Porsche! I've got another question though, I've been driving stick for over 21 years, but I'd like to get better and perfect heel-toe. Any qualified people in mid-Michigan who would like to help? Thanks in advance!
My son wanted to drive my car back when he was 16. I told him that it was a standard. He went in the house, watched a YouTube video, came back out and said it looked really easy to do and he know knew how to drive a standard. He got in the driver's seat, paused and asked me why the car had two brake pedals. I told him that he needed to re-watch the video. He eventually learned, however not that day.
One year ago my better half introduced me to driving a manual. (He has two stick-shift pickups and is fairly anti-automatic.) Though I floundered a bit with his old four-on-the-floor Ford, I decided to get rid of my automatic Nissan Sentra and bought a new '20 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. This was well before I really knew what I was doing, a real sink-or-swim moment, but you learn by doing! Here I am today and absolutely loving it. There is such joy and engagement with a manual....it's easily the best decision of my adult life (aside from sticking with my better half)!❤
Awesome! You’re making memories….great ones.
I remember doing that with my son on my ‘52 column shift. In addition to clutch and shifting skills I put emphasis on thinking ahead of the car, since he was used to responsive light cars with power discs, bugger tire contact patches and power steering.
I purchase a used standard shift car for each of my kids when they turned 16. I think all new drivers should start with a stick. It helps to keep the driver focused on driving.
Same here with my kids. I'm just teaching my youngest to drive manual now. The only argument against starting with a manual is that it is one more thing for an already overloaded new driver to think about. The upside is that they can drive anything and their friends can't borrow their car 🙂
What a great idea. I have two daughters and a son-in-law that should know how to drive a manual. It will be so much fun teaching each and seeing which picks it up the quickest. Hard car to learn on though.
Wanted to suggest an add to the Manual Manual that has worked countless times for me in teaching stick driving. I ask the learning driver to first practice letting the clutch out slowly with the car in first gear WITHOUT giving any gas, and stopping when the revs begin to drop. (without stalling the engine). Then they are asked to again depress the clutch. Doing this several times in a row successfully teaches where the friction point is and seems to take away the rush to get the pedals out (clutch) and in (gas), as well as fear of when the engaging occurs the driver might stall or lurch.
Being in car sales for 40+years, I have taught my fair share of customers to drive stick. The last one was very enjoyable as she wanted this Miata so badly but wasn't able to drive std. To see her face light up when I offered to teach her was totally worth it! She has enjoyed the convertible and the shifting immensely!