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Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) #4663311
02/11/18 08:56 PM
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I have mentioned before that my wife's cousin is a drug addict. She has an awsome 12 yr old girl.

Since tomorrow is a holiday that just means its another day to throw a party. So we got the kid for the night.

She helped us clean up around the house. I then figured it was time to learn how to drive.

She has the brake,gas and steering down good. Taking off from a dead stop is giving her trouble.

Funny that she found 2nd gear all on her own. Any tips on teaching her how to work the gas and clutch?

Oh and before anynone complains we are on my 10 acres...not city streets.


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Re: Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) [Re: Chris142] #4663318
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Nothing quite as good as hands on learning. I like Matt's video on youtube. It might give you some ideas on how to explain to her what to do. The Smoking Tire's "How to Drive a Manual Transmission"


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Re: Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) [Re: Chris142] #4663320
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A person shouldn't learn on a standard imo.


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Re: Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) [Re: Chris142] #4663322
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You got to teach her to 'feel' where the clutch starts to engage, so she knows to give more gas there to get the vehicle moving.

At least that is how I was taught.


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Re: Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4663324
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Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
A person shouldn't learn on a standard imo.
she already knows the automatic


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Re: Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4663325
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Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
A person shouldn't learn on a standard imo.


What? That is the best place to learn...after that an auto is almost not driving!


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Re: Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) [Re: Chris142] #4663328
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Start her off on a dirt or gravel road (I'm assuming we're talking about a manual transmission here) The loose traction surface will allow for more leeway getting underway in 1st gear, build her confidence and help her get the right "feel". I taught my #2 son to drive a stick on my CJ-7 in the snow in a big church parking lot. Had him all set in about 20 minutes, feathering the clutch and go pedal while also teaching him how to turn into slides. Good for you, she'll remember you believing in her and taking the time to teach her this for the rest of her life.


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Re: Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) [Re: Chris142] #4663329
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Tell them to go really slow on letting up the clutch. No it's not the correct technique but you can explain clutch wear after they can drive around and get through the gears. (That's how my 16 year old friends taught it when we needed to drive each other around)

Yelling at a kid to blip the throttle and not to slip the clutch while the vehicle bucks and stalls is too much at once. (This is how I was taught years later)

Re: Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4663331
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Originally Posted By: motor_oil_madman
A person shouldn't learn on a standard imo.


Not true when I was a kid that's all my parents had. You learned on a stick or you didn't learn. Both my daughters learned on a stick (5 spd) in a large parking lot were I worked that vacant on weekends.

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Re: Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) [Re: Chris142] #4663332
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Taught both my kids on a standard trans. Took them up to the school parking lot on weekends and they picked it up in no time. When they bought their first cars, both went with standards.


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Re: Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) [Re: Charlie2015] #4663335
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Originally Posted By: Charlie2015
Nothing quite as good as hands on learning. I like Matt's video on youtube. It might give you some ideas on how to explain to her what to do. The Smoking Tire's "How to Drive a Manual Transmission"


Reminds me of the book "You can't teach a kid to ride a bike at a seminar"


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Re: Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) [Re: Chris142] #4663353
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I learned to drive on a manual on a dirt road. Much more forgiving when it comes to stalling out the engine.


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Re: Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) [Re: Chris142] #4663364
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When my dad taught me I was 17, and I was learning on his FJ Cruiser. I basically understood the concept beforehand and did ok, but I had some issues on inclines and I was a little nervous from a stop when I was at light. Combine stoplights and inclines...

What my dad never told me was that initially, it's ok to slip the cutch just a little bit. I thought before I touched the gas pedal I had to release the clutch before touching the gas pedal. Once I realized and confirmed this with him I was totally fine.

So maybe tell her that just initially you'll let her slip the clutch, feather the two at the same time until she's got a start. Then after she's learned she needs to try not to do it.


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Re: Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) [Re: Chris142] #4663371
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The first thing I teach is how to stop. Let them experience how to brake smoothly and how to stomp on them.


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Re: Tips on teaching a kid to drive? :) [Re: Chris142] #4663397
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