There are so many little things that we do and don’t really think about.
We went to the empty K mart parking lot for lesson 2. It has longer straightaway’s
so we can practice shifting. This is only a second gear parking lot if you’re new.
“When you shift to 2nd lift slightly on the gas, push in clutch, move shifter back to 2nd,
let clutch out as you begin to accelerate.” If you drive a stick you do this without any thought. Safe to say that for Tia this was a lot of info. I told her that if she forgot to lift I would know, and so would everyone around us. She
forgot twice. I giggled both times, knowing I was only going to hear it a few times.
We found a small incline to practice starting on a slight hill.
She did very well. The good news is only a couple thousand miles were taken off the life of that clutch.
The only way she will learn where 3rd is, is to practice. So off to the road we go.
We drove around the neighborhood a few laps then went out onto a road with lines. “Stay on your side of the road. Not so close
to the curb. Don’t swing so wide when you turn. Slow down before the turns not in them.” Does any of this sound familiar? Do I sound like an anxious parent? I need a drink.
I know why her mom freaks out now. We pulled out onto “the lined” road long enough to pull into another neighborhood. Next time on the lined road we go for 3rd.
When we pulled out onto 148th, the lined road, there was a car way off in the distance. After almost killing the
engine a couple of times and not making a very crisp shift that distant car was quite close when 3rd gear was ready to be engaged. I am sorry to the dude in that car. If I thought you were going to catch up to us that fast, I would have had her
wait, but I didn’t. I tried to teach her where 3rd is. She now knows exactly where first is as opposed to third. Engine revs, tires lock up momentarily, car slows down a lot. By the time the now freaked out Tia found 3rd we needed to
be in first in order to keep from stopping completely. We were on a slight hill.
Tia is doing great. She needs more practice and she wants to practice. I find myself thinking about places in terms of hills
at stops. The grocery store points downhill when you leave the lot. She is comfortable driving into Redmond (downhill).
Not so much home from Redmond (uphill with 2 potential stoplights on hills).
I drove like Tia so she could see why "the wife" hyperventilates while Tia is behind the wheel. I drove about 3 inches from
the curb and wiggled the steering like I was scared or not in total control of the car. Lesson learned. Put your right foot down the middle of your lane.