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teaching someone how to drive stick

so like awhile ago i was trying to teach my girlfriend how to drive stick and yes i let her use my car... what can i say she was pretty amazing. So i let her drive my car and she was doing alright but wouldn't really take direction and then she stalled acouple times and i was totally cool with it i mean it was her first time. She felt really bad because she knows that i love my car and even says i like it 10 times more than i would ever like her. So i made a joke that everytime she stalls it breaks my heart and she won't go near the car again. I meant it as a joke but she felt it was over the line, but that's neither here nor there. But to the topic I now have to teach my cousin and don't want to go through another horrible situation where they say i'm not telling them how do drive properly. I mean i feel i gave them better advice then i got from my dad, "just drive it, you know how it works." So any advice on how to explain everything to them would help me tons. thanks
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Re: teaching someone how to drive stick

Personally I liked your dads advice. but since you obviously don't want to do that... try this.

Have them (in a parking lot) just take their foot (from a stop) off the brake.. and then slowly take their foot off the clutch until they feel the engine begin to pull the car. Obviously ya need a lot of open space for this too btw... Have them do that until they learn where the release point is, THEN worry about telling them to give it a LITTLE gas (that's all the MS3 needs I'm sure you know) to get the car moving and BOOM you've just taught them how to drive stick.
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Re: teaching someone how to drive stick

one thing my dad told me to do when he was teaching me was to learn exactly where the clutch grabs...

on most manual cars you can get the car moving without giving it any gas what so ever just letting the clutch out slowly to the point where it grabs and learn that point. then you exactly where the point is and it becomes a lot easier from there. Also make sure you have plenty of room to practice so they can shift all the way to atleast third so they can have some practice down shifting as well. and try not to make it a stressful envoirnment.

hmm thats all I got for now...if I think of anything else ill post.

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Re: teaching someone how to drive stick

[quote author=gru link=topic=106307.msg2169548#msg2169548 date=1206106642]
Personally I liked your dads advice. but since you obviously don't want to do that... try this.

Have them (in a parking lot) just take their foot (from a stop) off the brake.. and then slowly take their foot off the clutch until they feel the engine begin to pull the car. Obviously ya need a lot of open space for this too btw... Have them do that until they learn where the release point is, THEN worry about telling them to give it a LITTLE gas (that's all the MS3 needs I'm sure you know) to get the car moving and BOOM you've just taught them how to drive stick.
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wow...hahah same advice


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Re: teaching someone how to drive stick

haha thanks for the responses... i mean i hope it goes over a lot better with my cousin. It was like i swear i was saying the things you're telling me to say but it was just not totally sinking in, I might just try to explain it well before we get into the car and then do some further explination once in the car. It was kinda funny when she got a little chrip into 1st and freaked out.
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[quote author=l34l2l2y link=topic=106307.msg2169570#msg2169570 date=1206107263]
haha thanks for the responses... i mean i hope it goes over a lot better with my cousin. It was like i swear i was saying the things you're telling me to say but it was just not totally sinking in, I might just try to explain it well before we get into the car and then do some further explination once in the car. It was kinda funny when she got a little chrip into 1st and freaked out.
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haha, well do a demonstration too
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burn through 1st,2nd, and third and tell her thats what not to do...


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Re: teaching someone how to drive stick

+1 on what Gru said.

Demonstrate as well. If you need to have your cousin stand outside the car with the door wide open and show them how you take your foot very slowly off the clutch to where it begins to engage.

Let them try playing with the clutch for a minute of two BEFORE trying it with the car on. If you haven't driven a manual before your left foot reaction is kind of a mash or grab, not delicate control, so they are going to have a hard time slowly lifting the clutch to where it grabs at first.

Let them practice that and shifting through 2nd and 3rd in the parking lot, coming to a stop and then driving off again. Just let them try that for 15 or 20 minutes a few times (as in on a few different days). After that find an area where there are few cars and let them practice driving around a bit at normal road speeds. Let them try that a few times on very flat roads. Then after they have some practice shifting normally and taking off on flat roads find a deserted hill (in an apartment complex or something else would work well) and let them practic hill launches a bit.

Last item, especially with the female persuassion...don't joke about crap like it breaks my heart everytime you 'insert thing' (chirp, misshift, grind, lug, stall, etc). Most women, especially stressed women will not find it funny and they are not likely to get over the comment EVER.
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Re: teaching someone how to drive stick

WOW a boyfriend that will let his girl drive his car. :shock:

i first learned how to drive stick in a acura rsx-s i drove it fine after stalling a few times. my boyfriend has a ms3 and when i tried to drive it i felt bad bc the cluthes are completely diff. tell ur cuz to 'feather' the clutch that helped me. ((but to this day he still wont let me drive it cause i freak out when im at red lights))

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