If you’re on the green side of 30, chances are good that you don’t know how to drive a car with a standard transmission.
Once upon a time, “learning a stick” was a rite of passage. The price difference between standards and automatics used to be much more pronounced, so when parents bought new cars for their kids, they often chose cheaper stick-shifts. They bought plenty of used cars, too, and the older the model, the more likely it was a standard.
Nowadays, standards are an anomaly, making up only about 10 percent of the U.S. market. But that doesn’t make learning to drive one any less fun or rewarding.
If you’ve always wondered about driving a stick, the folks at Jalopnik put together a quick video that offers five minutes of down-and-dirty tips. Of course, it’s not as good as actually getting behind the wheel and figuring out the two-foot system on your own, but it’s a start.