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Old 06-11-2016, 06:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My girlfriend is a new driver and she's uncomfortable with driving mostly due to lack of experience in my opinion. I'm going to need to get her ready for our drive back to Vegas in September. She's driven my car in a parking lot, never getting out of first gear, does anyone have suggestions of how to get her comfortable with driving and how is the best method to teach someone to drive stick? She hasn't driven my car in about a year and it's likely the most tame car she's ever driven by far. I need advice here as it's super important to get her comfortable and ready to drive my 5 speed Insight on our cross country drive.
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I guess it depends on her problem? Is it because its your car, is it engagement issue with the clutch? Is it driving in general or does she drive an automatic ok?

Id try her in the parking lot with first and reverse, then try to add second tot he mix, then maybe 3rd. Id think for the most part you could coach her through it and once she is in 5th she sould be good to go for a few hundred miles.

When I traveled to WV and PA I missed a few exits to get ready to slow down fast enough. Im use to the long ramps in VA to get off and back on where in some cases you had 100 ft to go from 70 to 25 or even the parking lot that was for both the gas station and fast food place.



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I guess it depends on her problem? Is it because its your car, is it engagement issue with the clutch? Is it driving in general or does she drive an automatic ok?

Id try her in the parking lot with first and reverse, then try to add second tot he mix, then maybe 3rd. Id think for the most part you could coach her through it and once she is in 5th she sould be good to go for a few hundred miles.

When I traveled to WV and PA I missed a few exits to get ready to slow down fast enough. Im use to the long ramps in VA to get off and back on where in some cases you had 100 ft to go from 70 to 25 or even the parking lot that was for both the gas station and fast food place.
No, I took her over to a parking lot last year and she only stalled out once or twice. She's just unsure about her ability to drive which scares her, she's even scared of driving automatic cars. When I last took her out to drive stick she never really got out of 1st because the lot was too small, so we mainly did stop and go and circles in 1st.

We're going to a much larger lot up in Fairfax County at the NOVA Annandale campus on a weekend so she can get well above 1st gear. She's never done reverse in my car before so that will be interesting.
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She sounds a bit like my wife was when we married. He father had tried to teach her to drive and had instead traumatized her. Recognizing that one really can't function well in modern America without driving, in many situations, I decided try again.

By keep the conversation low key, soft spoken and patient, I quickly discovered the trauma problem as the basic issue. I also learned a lot myself in the process.

I discovered that, for my best gal, the basic problem was that the trauma had led to a severe lack of self confidence. By deliberately being very patient and practicing a lot in parking lots, I found that her confidence level gradually increased, but it was very a slow process. We then "graduated" to lightly traveled roads where she could drive more realisticly. She eventually gained enough skill and confidence that she could pass the driving test and get her license - and she continue to learn over time. She eventually became a very safe driver with a great driving record.

So bottom line -patience, practice, and positive feedback along the way
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Does she have a drivers license?

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She sounds a bit like my wife was when we married. He father had tried to teach her to drive and had instead traumatized her. Recognizing that one really can't function well in modern America without driving, in many situations, I decided try again.

By keep the conversation low key, soft spoken and patient, I quickly discovered the trauma problem as the basic issue. I also learned a lot myself in the process.

I discovered that, for my best gal, the basic problem was that the trauma had led to a severe lack of self confidence. By deliberately being very patient and practicing a lot in parking lots, I found that her confidence level gradually increased, but it was very a slow process. We then "graduated" to lightly traveled roads where she could drive more realisticly. She eventually gained enough skill and confidence that she could pass the driving test and get her license - and she continue to learn over time. She eventually became a very safe driver with a great driving record.

So bottom line -patience, practice, and positive feedback along the way
Yeah she lacks confidence big time, last year before she had a license only a learners permit, I took her by my old high school lot which has a drivers ed course on the back. We mainly just drove around in circles in 1st gear and did a lot of stop and go as that's the hardest part. She only stalled out once or twice. She apparently has difficulty staying in the lane. But the Insight is tame because of it's small engine power and the car is tiny so should be easier than her father's Honda Oddessy minivan to stay in the lane.

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Yes, she has a valid Virginia drivers license.
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Does she smoke? Maybe you should let her light up while driving? I smoked when I got my license and I use to pull over for smoke breaks and of all places the rear of a gas station. It was something else, but I slowly got over it and stopped smoking a few years later.



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Does she smoke? Maybe you should let her light up while driving? I smoked when I got my license and I use to pull over for smoke breaks and of all places the rear of a gas station. It was something else, but I slowly got over it and stopped smoking a few years later.
Not cigarettes, no..lol
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kaity send me the address of the fredrick meet,,i lost it,,thanks,,pm it if you can,
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How did it go? My new car is a 5 speed and I find im more comfortable double clutching it. To start off I release the clutch 90% then reclutch it once I start to move then release the clutch the second time. I shift at 3 grand, engine runs at 3500 at 70.



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