Stick Shift Lessons

South Bay Driving School has been the leader in stick shift driving in Torrance for over 30 years! We have been offering our expert stick shift teaching to residents of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes, Rancho Palos, Verdes, San Pedro, Torrance, Gardena, Lomita, Carson, Hawthorne and beyond!

How to book a stick shift lesson with South Bay Driving School? Our stick shift lessons are offered any day with an appointment. The instructor will do morning or afternoon. No lessons in the dark will be available. We teach stick shift to those who already hold a license. All our stick shift lessons begin and end at our South Bay Driving School office. If you are interested in booking a stick shift lesson with us please either email us or give us a call today at 310-791-1111.

The lessons include initial parking lot experience to learn how to put the car in gear and use of the clutch. The first 30-40 mins may be used to teach a smooth or normal take off, this depends on the abilities of the student. Once an understanding of the stop and go of the clutch and gas pedals, the instructor will take the student out onto flat main streets for about 15 minutes. Once the initial use of the gears and clutch have been understood, then the instructor has an area he will practice stop and take off and balance, on a hill. Balancing a clutch is the most important part of the lesson and once the hill has been practiced, he can take the student out into traffic areas and busy traffic. They should be finishing up with understanding the 1st through 4th gears in residential and business areas. Stop and go is practiced, changing gears, up and down, clutch balance and speed control. One lesson is usually enough to get an understanding of basics. A second lesson may help perfect the use of the clutch if a student has difficulties on the initial lesson. A 2 hour lesson is $190. There are no packages offered, but, ask the instructor if you have a special reason to take more than one or two lessons.


When paying for a standard shift lesson, payment is due on or before the lesson. We will require a credit card to hold a lesson and prefer a cash payment for standard-shift lessons. In the event you must cancel a lesson, it must be done by 2PM the day before the lesson during regular business hours or you will be charged a fee of $50 on your credit card. (If your lesson is on a Monday, your cancellation must be made by 2PM on Saturday, as we are closed on Sunday). We will not schedule subsequent standard shift lessons if any prior cancellations have not been paid for first; additionally, subsequent lessons must be paid in advance due to the prior cancellation. (This does not include lessons that were changed prior to the cancellation deadline; there is no penalty for canceling on time)..

With all Standard Transmission (Stick Shift) Lessons, you will not be taught basic driving skills. You should already know how to operate a vehicle and possess a valid Driver License. Basic skills can be taught on an automatic transmission vehicle before continuing to the standard transmission vehicle. All stick shift lessons begin and end at the South Bay Driving School office; all lessons are two hours long.

Do you have any questions? Please feel free to Contact us.