Driving....

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    Jun 30, 2011 12:35 AM GMT
    1)Can you drive a stick shift vehicle?
    Yes, currently drive a 2011, 6 speed manual, Jetta Wagon TDI

    2)Does it change the way you drive?
    Yes......pay more attention to shifting and speed/RPM's, can't be messing with food or other distractions as much

    3)Is it more "macho" to be able to drive a stick?
    No, but, I think it is a skill everyone should know, but not everyone does.


    4)Do you feel like you are a better driver because of it?

    Yes, as above and als feel like I have more direct control of the wheels being engaged with engine power....using the clutch....


    5)How many different types of motorized transportation can you legally operate?

    Car, Pick up, Van, Bus, Semi, Motorcycle, boat, used to have my pilot's license...but I let them lapse....
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    Jun 30, 2011 1:33 AM GMT
    I can drive stick shift car for fun and short distances..... cuz I tried years ago and ruined the transmission. "I will keep the automatic!!!"

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    Jun 30, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    Mmmmm, stick!
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    Jun 30, 2011 2:08 AM GMT
    1)Can you drive a stick shift vehicle?
    Yes. Every car up to my last two were manual. But driving in LA traffic, I gave it up for a tiptronic

    2)Does it change the way you drive?
    Not really

    3)Is it more "macho" to be able to drive a stick?
    No. Anyone can do it. In Europe most cars are manuals and broads drive them


    4)Do you feel like you are a better driver because of it?
    No. Being a good driver involves more skill sets than operating a stick.


    5)How many different types of motorized transportation can you legally operate?
    Car, boat (no license required). Riding lawn mower..
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    Jun 30, 2011 7:21 AM GMT
    1) Can you drive a stick shift vehicle?

    Yes, I learned with my Dad's Honda Accord on how tor drive, and later had an Acura Integra. However, then moved to Orange County, and then San Francisco because of the traffic I traded it for a Saab 9'3 with tiptronic shifting and then traded that for an automatic- Saturn Astra XR.

    2)Does it change the way you drive?
    Yes, I think you have more control of the vehicle.

    3)Is it more "macho" to be able to drive a stick?
    No

    4)Do you feel like you are a better driver because of it?
    Not really, in OC traffic and SFO felt like my leg was killing me...glad I gave it up.

    5)How many different types of motorized transportation can you legally operate?

    Car
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    Jun 30, 2011 7:22 AM GMT
    automatics are for dumb-asses who don't know how to drive properly icon_lol.gificon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 30, 2011 7:34 AM GMT
    1)Can you drive a stick shift vehicle?
    Yes. I learned on my dad's old oil field truck.

    2)Does it change the way you drive?
    Yes. When I drive my roomie's 03 Acura Cl Type-S I tend to drive it like its a sports car....Which it kinda is.

    3)Is it more "macho" to be able to drive a stick?
    Nope. I think EVERYONE who drives should have to learn stick as well.


    4)Do you feel like you are a better driver because of it?
    Its more coordination. You tend to be more in tune with the car.

    5)How many different types of motorized transportation can you legally operate?
    Just cars. I dont need to really drive anything else.

    matmil90 saidautomatics are for dumb-asses who don't know how to drive properly icon_lol.gificon_rolleyes.gif


    Yah...Say that driving 4000+ miles a month in traffic.
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    Jun 30, 2011 8:09 AM GMT
    CHIdude saidMmmmm, stick!


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    Jun 30, 2011 4:08 PM GMT
    1)Can you drive a stick shift vehicle?
    Yup, the only reason I learned was cause I wanted to take my dads 70 Malibu chevelle for my first car. Then he stuck me with a Pontiact Bonneville. Loved that car but would have like the Chevy. icon_smile.gif

    2)Does it change the way you drive?
    Absolutely Im not as carefree as when Im driving and automatic

    3)Is it more "macho" to be able to drive a stick?
    Nope but useful to know

    4)Do you feel like you are a better driver because of it?
    mmmmm not really. Im a good driver cause I use my indicators. I actually "STOP" at stop signs and I all around just drive well.


    5)How many different types of motorized transportation can you legally operate?
    Car, truck, snowmobile if that counts, atv and thats all.
  • austex85

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    Jun 30, 2011 4:36 PM GMT
    i want to learn to drive stick so bad

    i need to find someone that'll teach me for free in austin. any takers? icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 30, 2011 4:48 PM GMT
    Sporty_g said1) Can you drive a stick shift vehicle?
    Yes, what I took my driver's test on in 1966, and most of my cars have had manual, not to mention my motorcycles.

    2) Does it change the way you drive?
    No, not a lot, kinda automatic to shift manually, if you'll forgive the twisted phraseology. I guess I use engine braking more with a manual, and less brakes.

    3 )Is it more "macho" to be able to drive a stick?
    I dunno about macho, but it does represent a higher skill level.

    4) Do you feel like you are a better driver because of it?

    Absolutely.

    5) How many different types of motorized transportation can you legally operate?

    Car and motorcycle on my State license. In the US Army I could drive semis, main battle tanks, personnel carriers, heavy trucks, jeeps, passenger busses, self-propelled artillery, heavy tracked recovery vehicles, etc. In short, I was licensed to drive about anything with wheels or tracks, and did.
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    Jun 30, 2011 6:32 PM GMT
    I've only ever driven a manual car, automatics aren't as common in the UK (not sure about continental Europe) but I'd quite like to try an automatic, anything to make driving easier (I'm lazy).
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    Jun 30, 2011 6:55 PM GMT
    Stick shifts were practically made for the German autobahns. They're great if you drive primarily on winding smooth stretches of traffic-free, scenic highway. Stuck in stop and go traffic for over two hours trying to get to those stretches, not so much. Of course now that I enjoy spectacular unpeopled local coastal driving I own an automatic with a sport driving mode I've yet to engage because what's really changed my driving is that regardless of the transmission and horsepower I have to take curves gingerly so as not to disturb precious backseat cargo:

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    Jun 30, 2011 7:25 PM GMT
    1)Can you drive a stick shift vehicle?
    Yes, I'm German... I currently drive a Renault Twingo and a Citroen Jumper for work.

    2)Does it change the way you drive?
    Yes, it certainly is aggravating my shoulder. I'd prefer an automatic around town.

    3)Is it more "macho" to be able to drive a stick?
    No.


    4)Do you feel like you are a better driver because of it?
    No.


    5)How many different types of motorized transportation can you legally operate?
    Car, Bus, Trucks (incl. semis), tractors (as in farm implement, both "slow" and "fast" ones)

    I have the German licenses B (car), BE (car + trailer), C1 (small truck), C1E (small truck + trailer), C (large truck), CE (large truck + trailer), D (bus), D1 (small bus), D1E (small bus + trailer), M (mopeds up to 50 cc), L (farm tractors)