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  • As a teenager, I wanted to do something all teenagers want to do, drive. While visiting family at their campground, my mom decided to teach me to drive her car. The one problem? She drove a standard.
  • ?????
  • Mom, what the heck is that???
  • Brake
  • It's a clutch. If you're going to learn to drive, you need to learn to drive a standard.
  • Gas
  • Though I'm still not an expert, today I am confident that I could drive a standard car if I needed to. In order to do that I needed to change my perspective on the situation. Instead of being optional I ended up learning better in a situation where learning was the only choice I had and then I had to keep trying, no matter how impossible it seemed.
  • Okay, whatever... I just want to drive...
  • But why?? I can just get an automatic...
  • Even if you're going to drive an automatic you should still learn to drive a standard. You never know when you might need to do it, what if there was an emergency and your only option was to drive a standard? Someone's LIFE COULD DEPEND ON IT!
  • So I tried to get into the habit of holding down the clutch, putting my foot on the gas and then letting off of the clutch as I put more pressure on the gas. The sound of the engine revving scared me because I was afraid that once I let off of the clutch I would take off going way too fast. I also kept getting too distracted. After a few tries my mom and I were both frustrated and gave up.
  • A few months later, after telling my dad's friend Crystal about the experience, she decided to try to teach me to drive a standard again. We started out on flat ground and I was having the same issues. She had me pull into a driveway to turn around and go back. The driveway was a hill that led to a 2 foot drop off into a creek. I was then faced with 2 options: 1) fail and end up in the creek or 2) learn how to let up off the clutch, push down on the accelerator, and shift into gear. We did this over and over until I got the hang of it. It came close a few times but we never actually ended up in the creek.
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