So my wife has never drove standard before, so the last few days I have been trying to teach my wife MT. I did take her out to the country where there was a long quiet road where I had her start / stop. I thought she was ready and had her try driving home. I think she got quite nervous with the pressure of traffic and executing at 4 way stops didn't help, even though she was doing it time and again on back country roads. Of course the 'bro trucks' and 'suburban utility van' owners really seem to be overly large dicks, even the females, as they were blaring their horns after the first stall.
Any suggestions in continuing the teaching?
I had her feathering the clutch out slowly to get a feel of the clutch.
I had her slowly applying gas while launching - she was quite smooth already on this
Up shifting is a bit jerky but told her it will come with practice
Down shifting, she did it on her own without me noticing until I looked over to watch her RPMs - I was impressed
Outstanding is hill starts and other emergency maneuvers
Honestly, I am at a point of saying 'here are the keys you just have to keep going at it' and just get the practice in. Anyone have any other suggestions?
I think I might get her to go out with a friend of mine, as she daily drives her Fiesta to see if a different prospective might help.
Of course now that we have two cars, I have been making excuses to just trade in the R for a RS of sorts, so that isn't helping me teach her. 'ya...we might need to trade it in for an automatic'