Quick Driving Poll

When you learned to drive – did you learn stick shift or automatic?

Where did you learn to drive?

How old were you?

If you learned automatic – did you ever learn to drive a stick? Do you want to?

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  1. batya from NJ says:

    4-nope & nope!

  2. Nora says:

    I learned on an automatic because my knee surgeon said I wasn’t allowed to drive a stick during recovery. After that I never bothered. I know the basics of how to drive a stick but I’ve never actually done it. A promises to teach me when he gets home, I’m hoping to learn it well enough to drive my friend Brian’s Porsche. :-)

    I took driver’s ed and got my permit sometime after I turned 15. Full license at 16, though I wasn’t allowed to have friends in the car at first. Learned to drive in Michigan- yay snow!- mostly during the winter. Got my license the summer between Junior and Senior year in HS.

  3. Ally says:

    I learned on a stick shift – a 1965 Corsa Corvair to be exact:) (my father collects antique american cars)

    I was 15 and learned in rural arkansas

    My father (and now myself) is a firm believer that everyone should learn how to drive a stick in the event that they are ever in a situation that they needed to (ie an emergency). It is definitely a good skill to have. For teenagers it is even better because while learning to drive a stick, you need both hands a feet and it takes some time to get everything to coordinate. This leaves little room for texting or talking on the cell phone, etc.


  4. Leah says:

    I learned on an automatic in my San Diego community. I was 15 1/2 and had my learner’s permit. Got my license the day I turned 16. For years after that, I wanted to learn to drive a stick shift. And when I bought a car in 1998, I bought a stick (even though I didn’t know how to drive it). I learned quickly and I still love driving a stick shift.

  5. jean says:

    Driver’s Ed in high school at age 16, on automatic. I later learned stick shift at 20 when I bought an old Opel Kadett. Drove stick most of my life, including in Israel, until I came back to Los Angeles. I got automatic then mainly because I did not want to have to shift while caught on a hill in traffic or on an incline in a parking structure with cars behind me.

  6. Miriam Shenny says:

    Wow you guys learn to drive young! Here in Britain we do not have the privilege so young to learn to drive.I learnt when I was 17 on a stick but only ever driven an automatic car. I will never look back!!I love my automatic, wouldnt have it any other way.

  7. Mike S. says:

    I learned on an automatic, now drive a stick. Suburban NY. At 16.

    You can often get good deal on a new car by buying a stick from an urban dealer at the end of the year. The dealers are required to take a certain number of manuals, and the urban ones often have trouble unloading them. Which is why I now drive a stick.

  8. Sophia says:

    Still can’t drive – have lived in London (UK) almost continually since I left home and only have access to a car since I married. There just isn’t the motivation given the cost and parking issues.

  9. Mark says:

    I learned on an automatic. Then a year or two later took a few lessons on a manual just prior to purchasing a car with a manual transmission.

  10. sheldan says:

    I have always driven an automatic. My parents, I think, always drove automatics, so that was what our cars were. I learned at 16 in Memphis and have no desire to switch to a stick shift.

  11. I learned on a stick at about 15.75, got my license at 16. I was in a small city in northern Idaho. I think the first few times we were in an empty parking lot, but once I got the basics down my mom would take me on the side streets, then busier streets. I was in Drivers Ed when I first went on the highway, which was a frightening experience :)

  12. Ha_Safran says:

    Learned to drive on automatics, shortly after turning 15, in Chicago. Got my permit at 15 1/4. Spent the next 9 months parallel parking cars & trucks for my father’s business. Got my license the day I turned 16.

    Taught myself to drive stick in college because a friend bought one and asked me to teach him, assuming I already knew how. Really learned when we bought a 17yr old Saab 4-speed while living in Boston.

  13. Corti says:

    I learned to drive automatic in NYC at age 17. All of my family’s cars are automatic.

    My parents always rave about their days with stick though, so it has some sort of sophistication in my mind that makes me want to learn it one day.

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