I grew up driving a manual transmission (a stick shift), so I’m familiar with the challenges of driving with a clutch. Perhaps the most-feared place to drive a stick shift is when you have to start moving while on an uphill grade. In my travels, there’s such a place – a well-traveled road that climbs a nice hill with a stoplight. Most of the time it isn’t a problem since I drive that street in my minivan. One day, I needed to drive my truck, and I feared stalling when the light turned green. If I did, what would I do? How would it affect other drivers?
I got lucky. Even though there was traffic, as I was approached the intersection, the light changed and I didn’t have to stop. As I drove through the intersection, I looked around and saw that with a minor change in my route, I could take the cross street there there isn’t a hill. I’d have to wait for traffic, but that may be better than risking a stall on the hill.
Everyone has situations that they fear, where there’s a risk of inconvenience or accident. Whenever we face these situations, prepare for them the best you can, and if possible look for changes you can make that will help everyone…