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Old 12-06-2010, 03:32 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Piwoslaw View Post
Some people believe that in Europe driving students should first learn to drive an automatic, since it's easier, and then learn to shift when they get their own car. My opinion is that using a stick shift should be taught from the beginning, before it's too late.
I agree with the learning in a manual first. For one thing, you can't go 50km/h straight away, you have to learn how things work first. Before I drove on a road with traffic, I'd already had a few hours practice with starting, stopping, turning, reversing etc. The way lots of younger people drive on the road (and fail at parking), it is obvious they learned to drive by just getting in and going for it.

In Europe is it normal to go to a driving school before you can drive on the roads, or can you learn with your parents/other adult?
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