Illustration for article titled So I Learned How To Drive a Manual....

......and I- I gotta say... I GENUINELY enjoyed it. I was taught in a high mileage 2013 Honda Civic Coupe and it was actually pretty easy for me to pick up, since I had a general idea of how it worked. Sure, I stalled it once or twice (ok, quite a few times) but did eventually get the hang of it.

Only thing I struggle with, is downshifting. Say I’m going 40 and approaching an intersection. I can’t seem to downshift without jerking the car violently, so instead I put it in neutral and brake... which I know isn’t really the right way to do it.

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But anyway, I’m so glad I had that experience and I’m determined to master driving a manual!

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