By: Leah Knapp
You know the great thing about driving a car with an automatic transmission? They’re so much fun. The thrill of shifting from park into drive is just exhilarating…said no one. Ever.
Thirteen years ago, I was in the market for a new car when I found it: a beautiful Saab 9-3 in pristine condition and heated seats.
The dealer was willing to negotiate, putting that beauty well within my price range. There was just one, tiny glitch. It had a stick shift, and I didn’t know how to drive one of those.
“No problem,” said my then boyfriend, who helpfully test drove it, assured me it was a great find and then got it home for me.
All that was left was to learn how to drive it. After a couple weeks of frustrating (and sometimes harrowing) commutes, I more or less had it figured out and never looked back. I’ve since traded in my beloved Saab for a Volkswagen. The one requirement I had when I was looking for a car the second time around? It had to have a manual transmission.
Why? Here’s my completely unscientific list of the benefits of driving stick shift:
The boyfriend I mentioned earlier is now my husband, and we have a toddler. While I don’t want her to grow up too quickly, I’ll confess I’m looking forward to giving her the confidence that comes from knowing how to use that third pedal on the left.
Leah Knapp is the Public Relations and Social Media Manager at Erie Insurance Group. Her complete article can be read here.