The manual transmission has slowly been disappearing from the streets in the United States over the last few decades. While stick shift cars still remain a popular option in many countries around the world, Americans simply prefer to buy cars with an automatic transmission. Often times when a European learns that an American cannot drive a stick shift car they will be surprised. In fact, many Americans don't even know what a stick shift car is much less how to operate the clutch and gearbox.
Matt from TailHappyTV made a video this month teaching his American subscribers how to drive a stick shift car. His video teaches everything from the very basics, all the way to more advanced operations of a stick shift car. If you watch the video you will learn how to use the clutch in a stick shift car in order to get the car moving from a stop to a cruising pace. Matt explains this is the most difficult part for Americans to learn as beginners. Many people will end up stalling the car when learning how to drive a stick shift vehicle, so it is best to practice in a place where there is no traffic. If you have never heard of a manual transmission and you don't know how to drive a stick you may want to watch the video in case you ever need to use this skill in a foreign vehicle.