TTAC commentator sastexan writes:
One of my best friends is shopping to replace his Mazdaspeed6 for something a little more utilitarian that can hold his bicycle and gear in the back (frequent triathlete). Here’s the issue – he wants to get another manual shift car, but his wife is pressing for an automatic because she has never learned to drive stick.
And he is worried that he will get tired of this new car and want to donate to her and get rid of her CX-7 (he is seriously anti-SUV), but feels that if he goes automatic, that day will come very quickly. I suggested he find a good driving school and send her (and maybe a friend) to learn how to properly handle a stick shift and have some fun doing it. That could get her excited about the potential and won’t create marital strife of him trying to teach her to drive manual.
First, does the Best and Brightest think this is a good plan, and second, any suggestions for driving schools?
Luckily for your friend’s marriage, he cannot pawn his wife off to a driving school: most teach the basics of car control, not how to drive a stick. You gotta accelerate/steer/stop before you attend, so it’s time to take matters into his own hands. Because everyone has their “must haves” in anything, especially in a life partner. And if there’s marital strife from this…well, perhaps he’s selling the wrong bill of goods.
Like friction modifier to the limited slip axle that is a marriage, your friend must show his wifey the value in driving a manual transmission. It’s more interesting to drive, for starters. But more importantly, it makes her exponentially cooler than every other woman around him. Am I lying?
What man doesn’t want a woman that’s fun, exciting and maybe a bit more competitive and challenging?
How could you, a gearhead of a man, not go out of your way to excite a woman like that in return?
When sold on this promise, how can she resist? She becomes exciting to her man! She’s an object of desire! She’s hooked, so he can teach without fear of her losing interest. Or patience. This is how love should work. If you don’t believe me, ask my special lady friend.
Send your queries to sajeev@thetruthaboutcars.