My husband and I are in the market for another car. We were advised that my car would start costing us big money in the near future, so we started looking for a replacement. We figured out how much we should spend based on our income, so now we're checking out websites and dealerships whenever it fits our schedule.
I would love to have a SUV. A pick up truck would be fun too, but not family friendly --- I am not announcing anything, we're just trying to be prepared for whatever happens in the future. :) Anyways, back to the SUV, most of them are out of our price range, so most likely, I will have to settle for a car. But, one day I discovered my favorite SUV in our price range - a Ford Escape. I called my honey up, and said, "I have a great desire to learn to drive stick!" He answered, "Does this have anything to do with an Escape?"
A few years ago my mom gave me a few lessons in her car, but I got too busy to pursue it, and ended up getting my own car. Now, Geoff has tried to teach my to drive car which is a manual. But, those lessons last about 20 minutes, because he starts to worry about his clutch going out. So needless to say, if there's an emergency, I could probably get you to the hospital driving a stick, but you would probably have major whiplash to deal with by the time we got there, not to mention, it wouldn't be the fastest due to all the stall outs.
We actually test drove this Escape, and Geoff liked it, but he's afraid I will hate driving if we get it, since I'm not the best at stick yet. So, we made a deal. I would start driving to church on Sunday mornings (due to the lack of traffic), and slowly but surely learn to drive a stick. In a month's time, if that Escape is still there, which I highly doubt that it will be, we'll go look at it again, and this time I'll try driving it on the road instead of just a parking lot.
This past Sunday morning, I actually forgot that I was going to drive until we headed out to our apartment parking lot. I was hoping Geoff would forget, but he didn't. In all honesty, it wasn't that bad. I stalled once, but that was while we were still in our parking lot, so it doesn't REALLY count. :) The funny thing was that whenever Geoff wanted me to do something, he would yell, "SHIFT, SHIFT, SHIFT!!" or "BRAKE, BRAKE, BRAKE!" or "CLUTCH, CLUTCH, CLUTCH!" It wasn't constnat, but I knew if I needed to do something right away. : )
Even if we don't get an SUV, at least I will have learned to drive a stick - hopefully.