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!
I have taught so many people to drive stick that I had to go second generation and teach the daughter of someone that I taught to drive stick for this one. We went over the basics in the Miata but We have to do the road work in the Scion because of the 25. Funny part of this is that I bumped into a friend that I haven't seen in years and she was driving a stick, when I asked her when she learned she replied with "when you taught me 30 years ago", I did not recall it being a huge lesson, but apparently it stuck. Lets hope this one takes as well.
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The old Jeep is quite forgiving. We practiced throughout our hilly neighborhood. The light traffic and constant stop signs were a great way to work on our clutch/gas pedal action. Once he was proficient with the clutch take up, we cruised the avenue.
Beautiful day to teach my friends son how to drive my 67 A code 289 4brl manual Mustang. He was so excited!! His 4th try he got it going with out killing it. He got pretty comfortable in our High School parking lot Sunday, then out on the quiet road he got it up to speed. We celebrated by going to McDonalds & reminiscing about my old "Cruising" HS days in my '57 Chevy. He is a car lover also!!
We're in and enjoying the heck out of it!!! We have a variety of rides to 'train' in. Some are tutorial, others are drive arounds. Tutorial in an M2 (his brother's car). Drive around is an Audi allroad 6 speed. And for that old school experience... a 2002 4 speed. The 2002 is most forgiving. Having a lot of fun. Our sons grew up riding around in the '02'...back when all our daily drivers were sticks.
Here I am with my wife of almost 2 years, Jeanne, in my 2005 Subaru Forester XT manual. Shortly after this, she used a little too much right foot and wheels slipped on the dirt - well I did suggest a little more gas.
Before this she had only spent a few minutes driving a John Deere. FYI: Subarus are not easy manuals to drive, little feel in the gas pedal, heavy clutch, and kind of loose shifter.
Taught my 21 year old daughter Cassie to drive our (new to us) 1960 VW bug this weekend.
After a few burn out starts she got the hang of it. Also taught my son a few years ago when he was 14 and he actually got his license with a straight drive car. So now the whole family is three pedal savvy. We always try to keep a manual shift vehicle in the stable.
Taught my son how to drive my 911 with the millennial theft device in an open parking lot. He is still not very comfortable shifting but can without distractions like traffic.
Just taught our nephew who is 29 to drive a standard on our Dune Buggy! He picked it up really quick and really enjoyed the ride! He can't wait to take her out again!
Spent some time with a good friend, She's got it down now. Then we did a little cruising around in the 1992 911 turbo.