[quote author=Apathetic Frimbo link=topic=83446.msg1562966#msg1562966 date=1184648464]
I learned how to drive a stick on my new car. My dad test drove it and drove it home. I just drove around my neighborhood until I was comfortable to go on bigger streets and the freeway. As far as the rocking back and forth, that's just how it is when you drive a stick, but the driver won't have this feeling.
that "rocking back and forth" is when the car coasts while being pulled out of one gear and put into another..
^thats the "back" motion
the "front" motion is when you rev match the new gear to the cars speed...
not impossible to get rid of, ive had people ride with me and not know it was a stick till i pulled the ebrake when parking.. then they were like wha!!? you drive stick? im like uhh yea? didnt see me thrusting my arm up and down?
anyhoo i learned on a rental car (protege ironically). from there i was able to go test drive cars (btw dont try to drive a wrx after trying stick for one or two days, the clutch isnt very forgiving lol) but i drove the mz3 and it felt alot more smooth (like the protege :P)
all in all, i got from not knowing at all to driving on any road in about 4 hours of practice time.