By WhataStrangeTripThisIs - 18/9/2020 05:25

Stuck in traffic

Today, I'm still learning how to drive stick. I went to pick up my son from school and stalled out during high traffic. The crossing guard had to rescue me by getting in my car and pull it out of the flow of traffic. FML
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OP here! I got the car as a Christmas present from my fiance. My previous car was totaled by an ex (intentionally, another FML) and I'm a poor single mom, so I didn't have much choice except to learn how to drive it asap or walk. I was doing fairly well, but was in a line of cars on a hill, with the car behind me a few inches off my bumper. The First and Reverse are right next to each other, and in a panic, I couldn't figure out if I was in Reverse. On a hill you have to really hit the gas or you roll back. I couldn't tell which gear I was in, so the choice was not hit the gas hard enough and roll into the car behind me, or maybe accidentally in R and floor it into the car behind me. Had a blank moment of panic. The crossing guard was a sweetheart and pulled my car out for me so I could take a few breaths. Then cheered me on when I recovered and peeled out! P.S. This does not make me just another stupid American.
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OP here! I got the car as a Christmas present from my fiance. My previous car was totaled by an ex (intentionally, another FML) and I'm a poor single mom, so I didn't have much choice except to learn how to drive it asap or walk. I was doing fairly well, but was in a line of cars on a hill, with the car behind me a few inches off my bumper. The First and Reverse are right next to each other, and in a panic, I couldn't figure out if I was in Reverse. On a hill you have to really hit the gas or you roll back. I couldn't tell which gear I was in, so the choice was not hit the gas hard enough and roll into the car behind me, or maybe accidentally in R and floor it into the car behind me. Had a blank moment of panic. The crossing guard was a sweetheart and pulled my car out for me so I could take a few breaths. Then cheered me on when I recovered and peeled out!
P.S. This does not make me just another stupid American.

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  Grizz8831  |  11

pretty sure there is timing to learn as to when you shift gears. and missing it can cause it to stall. I drive auto to avoid such nonsense to simply get from one point to another.

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  coius  |  17

Lots of used cars out there with sticks. Ive had them. Not everyone can afford new cars. My newest car is a 2009 Toyota Camry hail damaged. Its my first car with auto transmission. All my other cars (including first car) was a stick. I cant afford, nor get a loan (medical bills create shit credit) a new car. The trick is to give it enough gas to bring engine to higher rpm before letting the clutch out. But you don’t just drop the clutch. You gotta make sure the rpm doesn’t drop too much or it will slug the engine and stall.

By  heartbreaker  |  8

I learned to drive on a stick shift! I remember stalling my car while turning left. I was just enough in the way to block the traffic. Panicked, I tried over and over to start again. Finally my father who was sitting in the passenger side calmly suggested that I switch the car from 3rd gear back into 1rst.

By  thatkorean  |  5

You shouldn’t add more stress while learning. It should be in a stress free environment until you get more comfortable with it. Also I suggest going to a hill somewhere with no traffic (parking lot) and learning how to stop and go, so while in traffic you don’t roll back into someone. Hills were the hardest part for me and my older siblings.