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Do you know how to drive a vehicle with a “stick shift” (manual transmission)?

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According to today’s trivia, Toyota says that only 18 percent of American drivers know how to drive a vehicle with a “stick shift” (or manual transmission). That’s a small number! And only getting smaller…

Do you know how to drive a stick shift? If you’re older, chances are that you probably do. Younger? Maybe not so much…

After you vote in the poll, please feel free to leave a comment and tell us if your current car is a stick.

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Kathryn Turner-Arsenault
3 months ago

My younger brother taught me when I was 21 years old.

Bob
3 months ago

I own 2 cars. Both are manual transmission.

Carrie
3 months ago

Dad said all his girls were going to know how to drive stick. First vehicle drove stick was a Corvair Sandrail at age 11. Had to get the clutch just right or else you would be pulling a wheelie. My first car purchase was 83 Mazda truck with a stick. Still have our 2001 Nissian Maxima-purchased almost new…both sons drove that car during high school.

Dale Hammons
3 months ago

Next question: when was the last time you drove a stick shift.

Brad
3 months ago
Reply to  Dale Hammons

Just last month! LOL! I drove a friends jeep when he was moving to a new site. One needs to get accustomed to the clutch when first driving a vehicle with a manual trans that you haven’t driven before. Once that’s done it’s easy!

vanessa
3 months ago

Bet if you asked this on a non-RV site it would be just the opposite!

Nove M. Canon
3 months ago

Better to start & learn driving using manual trans. It is easier to shift to auto trans.
Unlike starting at auto then going to manual. You need longer time to adjust your driving skills.

TIM MCRAE
3 months ago

Stick shift?

Millennial anti-theft device!

Bob Weinfurt
3 months ago

Drove a 54 Chevy 3 on the tree when I was 12. At 13, I learned how to drive a pick-up and back up a trailer. Half of my vehicles over the past 50 years have been manual shift, including a few motorcycles. Even had fun driving a model A. I like to drive the vehicle, not have it drive me.

Last edited 3 months ago by Bob Weinfurt
Lindalee
3 months ago

Haven’t had a “stick-shift” vehicle since I traded in my 88-1/2 Ford Escort (left knee going bad at the time) in about 2001 or so! My present vehicle is a 2017 Toyota Tundra (automatic).

Diane Mc
3 months ago

Drove a 1974 Triumph TR6 convertible. Had a job where I had to travel in the Bay Area in CA. That even meant on the hills of SF. That was fun. Loved it. One of our cars today is a MINI Cooper John Works Clubman with a 6 speeds. Very fun.

Ron
3 months ago

I learned to drive in a 1959 Rambler and 1961 Chevy pickup. Both had stick shift. It’s an important skill to have.

Ramer
3 months ago

To get my first drivers license in Ohio the driving test had to be taken on a manual transmission. Thankfully Dad had a 1953 Henry J that I think only came with a manual transmission.

Nelson
3 months ago

Yes, I drive a 2008 5 speed manual transmission 2.0 liter gas engine Citroën C4 but I learned to drive on a 1982 Automatic Ford Fairmont SW.

TScott
3 months ago

Yup, 3 on the tree, 4 on the floor and the jeep I drive now is 5 on the floor. Plus, 7, 9, 10, 13, 15 and 18 speeds.

Impavid
3 months ago
Reply to  TScott

Add in a 5 speed with a 4 speed Brownie you get 20 gears. Usually only used 13.

Neal Davis
3 months ago

Learned to drive on a pickup with “three on a tree.” Subsequently have had numerous cars with stick shifts. DW has a Mustang GT with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Tom Gutzke
3 months ago

First car was a well-used ’53 Chevy Bel-Air. Stick on the column; straight 6 cylinder engine. Then I bought a Chevy Corvair 4-on-the-floor. Great car but strong side winds certainly pushed you around if you were doing over 65. Always eased up if the woinds were high and never had a problem.

Thomas
3 months ago

First car I drove was a 49 Ford with ‘3 on the tree’ at about 12 years old. Started pulling loads of hay bales with that car at 13 as the first experience of trailer towing.

Molly
3 months ago

We currently have 3 cars that have a manual transmission. It was hard to find our newest car (a 2020 Honda Civic) with a stick shift. We have made sure that both of our teenage children learn to drive a stick shift before they get to drive any other car.

Mark Nelsen
3 months ago

Yes, I drive a 2018 Mazda Miata with a six-speed manual transmission. It is a fun car to drive and the manual transmission is half the fun!

Ray
3 months ago

I don’t believe the results. The younger generation simply did not respond.

MrDisaster
3 months ago
Reply to  Ray

They’re searching Google for “three on a tree”.

Kasey
3 months ago
Reply to  Ray

I’m 50, do I count as “younger” ? 🤪. And yes, I can drive manual, as can my son and a couple of his friends…but not many!

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