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#37 Learn to Drive a Stick Shift

I learned to drive stick shift in a BMW car in Germany. I lived there for about one year with someone (around 2002). We purchased the car and got stick because it was cheaper. He and some friends drove out to the back roads for me to practice on. Well, first, I learned how to at least start from first gear up to 3rd in a parking lot. One thing about parking lots in Germany, they are A LOT smaller than ones here in the US.

After I learned to start and get going, we went to the back roads and I practiced going longer distances. up and down on the gears. From what I remembered I only stalled a few times; and was only late in shifting a few times.

I enjoyed driving in Germany especially on the Autobahn. Side note, there is in fact a speed limit on their freeway, but it’s pretty fast speeds. The thing you have to be very careful of are slow downs, those can come up fast if you aren’t paying attention. Like sudden stops. It was interesting when renting a car, they would break into any music on the radio if there was a traffic report needed to be broadcast in the area.

I also didn’t care much for driving the larger car. It was tight fit in the parking lot spaces and some of the roads.

It’s been quite a number of years now since I’ve driven stick. I know I would have to re-learn how.

Do you know how to drive stick shift?

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