And today's "Blog Every Day in May" topic is to share one of either of those things. So I thought a lot about the things that I'm good at and I thought a lot about topics that I know a lot about and I'll be honest. It was hard to just find one. Not to sound big headed or anything, but its true.
Then this morning I was driving one of my best friends to the airport this morning and I realized there is one subject that I know a lot about and never really realized I did.
I drive a stick shift. It's a 1999 Pontiac Sunfire and it's has a stick shift. Early this morning, my friend Kelly, commented on the fact that she wishes she knew how to drive a stick. So I then proceeded to tell her all she needed to know about driving one too. And now I'm going to share it with you.
Now I should preface this by saying that I actually HATE driving a stick. It sucks. Especially when you're driving in stand still traffic. Also, when I was first learning to drive it I had exactly 2 days to learn and at one point I started crying and told my mom to give the car back. (Mind you, I was in college when this happened.)
Anyhow, point is I've been driving my car since 2007 and I'm really good.
(This is not a picture of my car. I'll be honest, my car is gross inside. Def not picture worthy. But it looks exactly like the inside of this car.)
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO DRIVE A STICK:
1. First thing is to realize that you are now going to have to use two feet to drive. Your right foot is used to control the gas and the break. While your left is used to handle the clutch. Next, you need to find the right balance of left and right to get the car to move forward. You have to find the "sweet spot" of the clutch. (This was the hardest part for me.) You gotta give a little on the gas and give a little on the clutch. Then, you need to know about the gears. Mine has a 5 gears. 1st-5th. The way you know when to shift gears is by your speed. Here's the break down:
0-15 MPH = 1st
15-25 MPH = 2nd
25-35 = 3rd
35-45 = 4th
45 and about = 5th
Some have a light that comes on when you need to shift too. Mine does. But honestly once you get the feel for the car, you'll just know when you need to shift. You can actually feel the pressure on the engine just before you need to shift gears. You also have to remember that whenever you're at a complete stop and need to move forward, you HAVE to be in first gear. If you're in any other, the car will stall. Whenever you're coming to a full stop you also have to have the clutch pushed in, otherwise the car will stall. You'll find that neutral will be your best friend. Because then you can come to a full stop without having the clutch pushed in the whole time.
That's pretty much all you really need to know about driving a stick shift.
Couple of other helpful tips:
-be patient when first learning
-don't stress if you stall out the first couple of times you start driving
-find a patient teacher (My mom taught me and I'm pretty sure she wanted to kill me a few times)
-you wont spend as much on gas
Two last little things.
For some reason, men find it super attractive when I tell them I drive a stick. Their eyebrows go up, they get that impressed look on their face, and they usually say something along the lines of "That's hot!"
Also, knowing how to drive a stick will come in handy if you ever want to go on the Amazing Race. Both my brother and I know how so when we actually go on the show (which one day we will) we're totally going to have an advantage over everyone else. You'd be surprised at how many people don't know to drive one.
Now go find someone who can teach you and obviously refer back to this lovely, wordy little post for back up! :)