The New Standard

I learned to drive in my dad’s old Dodge Fargo truck. What a sense of pride I had when I could finally master the on-the-steering column stick shift. Across our fields I would go, shifting smoothly from first, to second and then third gear.

For many years, I drove a standard transmission. That came to end shortly after I moved to the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

The constant fits of stopping and starting, all part of big-city living, plus the change in my joint function, made it too much of a challenge to drive a standard transmission.

I switched to the new standard in vehicles – an automatic transmission. It was a relatively easy thing to accept, aided by the fact that I would hurt – a lot – after spending time driving in the city.

Image courtesy of Sky24.

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2 Comments to “The New Standard”

  1. And how many times did you put both feet on the brake by accident when you first switched? LOL

    Driven both in Vancouver area. Prefer standard but I’m sure later in life I may have to switch to automatic.

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