[LMB] OT: Parallel parking

J Woodruff profjenn12 at gmail.com
Sun Dec 19 21:25:57 GMT 2021

My husband only drives stick every two years when we go to Britain and on
the rare occasions when he drives his parents' pickup here, so he always
has to re-acclimate in the airport parking lot.

Here, no one checks whether you know how to drive stick when you get a
drivers' license if you take it in an automatic car. I have a license and
have only ever driven automatic, but if my husband taught me how to drive
stick at this late date, I could then go out on the road and do it without
any additional government licensing.


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On Sun, Dec 19, 2021 at 3:41 PM Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:

> On Sun, 19 Dec 2021 08:01:03 -0700, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net>
> wrote:
> >
> >
> >> On Dec 19, 2021, at 7:02 AM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
> >>
> >> In 2020, for the first time ever, autos outsold manual vehicles in new
> >> sales.  Despite which, almost everyone here can "drive stick", because
> >> (a) that's how the vast majority of people learn;
> >> (b) if you pass your test in an auto, that's all you're licensed to
> >> drive - to switch to manual, you'd have to retake it;¹
> >
> >That seems odd to me.   The driving test should be to make sure the
> licensed driver is safe on the road.   I don’t see it as being dangerous
> for someone used to driving an automatic car to drive a car with a manual
> transmission.
> If you've never demonstrated that you can use the gears correctly,
> without stalling in traffic etc, you're not deemed to be safe on the
> road - which is rather odd, since (AFAIK) we don't enforce the same
> rules on someone with a foreign licence hiring a car.
> As I said, I expect this to change as technology changes.

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