Why do you need an automatic? If my brother could learn to drive on a
standard, anyone can. He is not the brightest bulb on the tree, if you
know what I mean. Or, as they say, he is mechanically declined.
The focus will likely last a long time.
PS, do you son a favor. Get him a standard.
Probably not a bad idea. My daughter is getting of driving age and she
will learn on a manual tranny.
The vehicle is.......(drum roll please).......a '51 International
I promised her she won't be taking any trips where there is a chance
her friends will see her. ;-)
This reminds me of a story about my daughter. Since we only have
standard trans cars in my family, that's when she learned to drive on.
When it came time to buy her own second-hand car when she was sixteen,
she wanted an automatic trans, because "that's what my friends drive".
I insisted that she had to get a standard, but that when she got out
of college and was working, she could of course get automatic.
Fast forward now seven years latter and she is out of college and
working and ready to buy her second car. This is an almost-new Honda
with an auto trans. She asks what I think and I said "..it's your
money that you worked for so get whatever you want..". She buys the
About two months later, I'm talking to her and she says ".. I don't
know what I was thinking when I bought that (Honda with the auto
trans), but I'm selling it and getting something with a standard
trans. Those autos are no fun to drive!".
The eventually get common sense, but sometimes it takes a while.
When I was going through driver's ed in high school, they normally used a Chevy
with an automatic transmission. My father owned a Mercedes with a four on the
column which I taught myself how to operate in the middle of the night.... but
that's another story. Anyway, I mentioned to the driver's ed instructor that my
family didn't own a car with an automatic and I needed to learn how to handle a
straight drive. So he started showing up with a three speed Chevy every time I
was scheduled to drive. I did fine with it.
However... he continued to use that same car all day, so I would see him out in
the parking lot with another student jerk, jerk, jerking a few feet at a time
and then stalling. Some of them never made it out of the parking lot. I
snickered a lot.
Do you hear yourself??? You're considering getting a NEW car so your
kid can drive an automatic??
Go get YOURSELF a new car and tell your kid he gets the Escort, and that
he better learn to drive it properly or he'll be the one paying for a
Tough love my friend, tough love. :)
Learning to drive with a stick is not that hard...
When I sold the T-Bird (not worth fixing) and got my Celica GT Coupe, I
learned to drive a manual in hours. Stalled it a couple of times, burned
rubber on the other ones, nevertheless, it only takes a couple of hours
to learn to drive a manual car.
When my sister bought her Renault 5, she learned how to shift, next day
she was stuck in traffic and didn't do that bad.
I've been driving automatics for the last 10 years, but when I drive my
friend's Bimmer, I can drive it (manual), even her brother's 'Stang.
Even able to drive my friends Volks (cable-clutch)
Don't get a new car so he can learn to drive. let him earn it...
That's one of the problems in our modern society. We adapt everything so
it's not too hard on youngsters...
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