Corin Anderson (magellanic) wrote,
Corin Anderson
magellanic

Clutching

This afternoon fourpaws let me abuse her car in my effort to learn to drive a manual transmission. I actually faired much better than I expected I would. The last time I drove a stick I was still struggling with the basics of driving in general. Steering? Mirrors? Is it my turn to pull into the intersection? Oh, shoot, I stalled the car. Things went so much smoother now that I've been driving for an entire *cough* years. Shifting at speed was no problem nor remembering to clutch in when braking. I had trouble with starting from a dead stop, though. I lost count how many times I killed the poor car's engine. Tessa was very patient, which I greatly appreciate.

We made laps around the Amphitheatre's parking lot for a while before seeking out non-gravel surfaces. The lot was a great place to practice, much better than the parking lot at work. No cars, and more importantly, no curious eyes wondering why's that car lurching forward and then not moving?

I'm not ready to trade in my automatic for a stick just yet but I'm confident that I wouldn't be stranded if all I had was a manual transmission. Next lesson: driving on actual pavement.
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