Learn to drive a stick shift safely and easily at any of our
Bay Area and Sacramento locations:
If you have your driver's license and want to learn to drive a stick shift, then you've come to the right place. Whether you're new to driving a manual transmission or it's just been a while and you want to work off the rust, we provide a variety of lessons tailored towards your goals.
Your day will start off in our Mini Cooper S edition, where you'll learn the fundamentals of stick shift driving including conceptual topics, first gear, parking, reversing, upshifting and downshifting, proper hill control, as well as more adventurous real-world practice on city streets and highways. Regardless of the lesson you choose, you'll walk away with practical knowledge that you'll be able to apply right away.
At Shift Bay Area you'll have a relaxed experience knowing that our lessons and training vehicles are fully insured. For your convenience, we offer stick shift lessons in the following cities throughout the Bay Area:
And we now offer stick shift lessons in the following cities throughout the Sacramento area:
Our experience is rated 5 Stars on Google
Before I took the three-hour lesson, I had a crippling fear of manual drive due to some bad experiences in my past. After a single morning with Dennis, I was flying down the road and squirreling my way through Oakland city traffic like a pro. It took a lot of patience and hard work, but Dennis WILL get you driving by the end of your session. You won't find a better teacher.
Great instructor with a lot of patience. I had a rough start but he kept me motivated. I feel like I can hop into manual car and go on my own after their 3 hour lesson.
Dennis was a great instructor. He was very patient and enjoys teaching. After the three hour lesson, I feel confident and safe to drive a manual on my own. I expected to get frustrated stalling, but that never happened. Dennis uses a very well kept Mini Cooper for lessons. The course he uses is in a very nice tech campus that was empty on the weekend. I'm glad I did the lesson on a weekend so I didn't have to think about traffic while learning. Once I felt comfortable, we did some driving on busier streets. My wife was jealous of the lesson and I bet she'll do it too someday. This is a great class for somebody considering buying a car with a manual transmission, traveling internationally and renting cars, or just to learn a new skill for fun.
Dennis was incredibly patient during the lesson and didn't get frustrated with my repeated inability to move slowly. He checked in often about how comfortable I was feeling with the lesson and the skills we were working on and made sure I was comfortable moving on. I felt like I could adequately operate a manual transmission on city streets at the end of the lesson (I personally would need more practice to get comfortable at highway speeds). Would definitely recommend.
Our prices start at $249 for the basic course and $349 for a complete experience. We also offer custom lessons starting at $125 per hour, which we can tailor to your specific goals. Learn more about each course below, and if you're ready to take the next step it only takes a minute to book your lesson. Curious about savings? Check out our last-minute deals.
At Shift Bay Area our goal is to teach you the proper skills and confidence to drive a manual transmission while making sure that you have fun in the process.
As an auto enthusiast, a pilot, and throughout my career of mentoring others, I've observed various teaching techniques that are effective in making sure that students walk away from a lesson with the confidence to put those skills to use. That's the mission that I instill in every instructor on my team, with the added requirement that learning should also be a fun experience. I invite you to give us a try!
Dennis Chernyukhin - Founder & Lead Instructor
Looking to book a lesson? Use our booking page. If you want to contact us for any other reason, you can get a hold of us below.
Shift Bay Area
PO Box 2133
Redwood City, CA 94064
We're open 24/7 via email, and we'll return your calls as soon as we park the car.