How to Drive a Stick Shift

In their “Real Guide for Men” series, breaks down the nuances of how to drive a stick shift.

If you’re an experienced driver, you’ve probably heard the benefits of driving an automobile that has a manual transmission. For starters (no pun intended), cars with stick shifts are generally very fuel efficient, which is obviously a bonus in today’s economy where the gas prices continue to rise. They also have fewer moving parts than automatic transmissions, require less maintenance and are easier to repair, which means they usually have longer longevity and cost cheaper.

Cars with stick shifts also respond better to the driver, which makes them safer (assuming the driver himself is safe). Due to the constant shifting and changing of gears, drivers have to focus more on driving, which means less time for texting, talking on the phone, or doing other dangerous activities that many people with automatic transmissions partake in.

But aside from the benefits listed above, you also must be skilled to operate one, which facilitates a certain sense of pride and confidence. And thus, even if you don’t own a manual transmission, as a man you need to know how to drive one because it’s just one of those skills that all men should posses.

Below is a simple step-by-step guide on how to drive stick shift. Hopefully, after you read this and you get behind the wheel, your learning curve won’t be as high as a teenage driver who stalls out constantly with mom or dad shaking their head in the passenger seat!

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