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Learn to drive manual in Austin

The only manual transmission driving school in Austin with a dedicated instructor and car. 

Learn from the best in a safe, fun and effective way

Learn on our car

2-3 hours of seat time

Real world training

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From total beginner to smooth and confident in under two hours

I've taught dozens of people in the Austin how to drive manual. I've continually refined a lesson plan and have it down to a science.


With my experience and your skills (they're in you already, I feel it) I can take you from 0 to smooth and confident in under two hours.

Available Courses

Luxury Valet Service

Just The Basics

Primarily focuses on getting the car start, stopped, and best practices. There is minimal on-road training with this package.​ Recommended for those who have driven stick in the past or dealership/valet employees.

  • How to start and stop

  • How to safely park and reverse

  • Brief on-road session

1hr | $155
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Beginners Course

2hr | $245

Comprehensive course for those with little or no experience. Recommended for those looking to buy a manual transmission vehicle.

  • How to start and stop

  • How to change gears

  • How to park and reverse

  • Steep hills, speed bumps, and traffic

  • Avoiding common mistakes and bad habits


Beginners+ Course

Same as Beginners course with an extra hour of practice, most of which will be on the road. People who purchase this class often leave with greater confidence. Recommended for those who want to learn advanced techniques or will be renting a car on vacation.

  • rev-matching

  • Over one hour of real-world practice

  • smooth upshift techniques

3hr | $395
  • Why should I pick Learn Manual ATX?
    This is the ONLY manual transmission driving course in Austin, Texas that has a dedicated instructor and car. Other services are run on a national level that use subcontractors as teachers. They are random people with random cars, many of whom have never taught someone how to drive stick before.
  • Why do I need a teacher vs. figuring it out on my own?
    It's more likely you'll pick up bad habits, damage the vehicle, and put your safety at risk by trying to figure it out on your own. A clutch replacement alone can run thousands of dollars, damaged transmissions are even more expensive to fix. For your safety and for the sake of the car you drive, an instructor is highly encouraged.
  • What will I be driving?
    I have a few vehicles I rotate around for practicing. Currently, the fleet includes a 2019 Mazda Miata and a 2020 Hyundai Veloster N. If you have a preference, just let me know.
  • I will be renting a car during a trip overseas; will learning how to drive stick be necessary?
    Absolutely! Being able to drive a manual car will undoubtedly expand your rental options abroad, as many countries still predominantly use manual transmissions. Many of our clients come to us for this exact reason. I highly recommend the longest class I offer if you're planning a vacation, but any time behind the well is beneficial.
  • Has anyone not been able to learn?
    Never. I've taught nearly 100 people in the Austin area and not a single person has walked away without the skills to drive stick. Some people pick it up quicker than others, but everyone leaves with the ability to drive a manual transmission!
  • What should I wear?
    Comfortable clothing with closed toe shoes. No flip flops or heels please.
  • What is the best restaurant in Austin?
    The Chili's on 45th and Lamar.
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Meet your instructor

Howdy, I'm Mason

Life long car addict and staunch advocate for the manual transmission. After teaching family members and friends how to drive stick, he realized there was a huge issue in Austin.

No, not gentrification (well, that too), but there's thousands of people who want to learn manual, but don't have access to a teacher or a car with a stick. He started Learn Manual ATX to solve this issue and get more people driving the greatest transmission.

He also writes biographies about himself in the third person and isn't that great at website design, apologies. 

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