Co-founder, President, CEO, Capital Dream Cars
Jumi is a founding member, president and CEO of Capital Dream Cars— Washington, DC’s premier exotic car rental company as featured in The Washington Post, Goss’ Garage, and SpeedTV.com. The business was inspired by a hobby and a need. Apart from owning her own exotic cars, Jumi would travel to Formula One races with friends and family—to Montreal twice for the Canadian Grand Prix and to Indianapolis for the United States Grand Prix—but when she looked to rent a Ferrari locally, her search came up dry. So, after much pioneering determination, she and two business partners launched Capital Dream Cars in March 2006 to fulfill the “dream car” dreams of Capital Area car enthusiasts like them. Growing up, Jumi always enjoyed driving, but it wasn’t until she learned to drive stick about 15 years ago and bought her first stick vehicle—a little green Acura Integra GS-R that still takes up a spot in her garage (and still runs great at nearly 200k miles!)—that she understood driving on a whole different level, not just as a way of getting from here to there. And perhaps it was her own small way of rebelling against the gender stereotype that girls can’t drive, let alone drive stick. Although she doesn’t presume to be a great technical driver, she enjoys driving fun cars and sharing her enthusiasm with others, which is, after all, what car enthusiasm is all about.
What To Avoid When Driving a Stick Shift Car
Car expert Jumi Kim discusses what to avoid when driving a stick shift car.
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Jumi Kim: Hi, I am Jumi of Capital Dream Cars and I have been showing you how to drive the manual transmission car. Now, I am going to go over some major safety issues and what to avoid when driving stick shift.
Don't look at your feet. Keep your eyes on the road. Don't keep your right hand on the gear shifter all the time; instead keep both hands at the recommended 10-2, 9-3 or 8-4 positions on the steering wheel when you are not shifting.
Don't keep your left foot on the clutch all the time. Do keep your left foot on the dead panel on the foot well next to the clutch during times when you are not shifting.
Don't forget, the car is in gear when turning on the engine or else the engine will stall. Do keep your feet on the clutch and brake until you can pop the gear out into neutral.
And lastly don't use your clutch and accelerator to balance in a static position as it will wear down your clutch unnecessarily. Instead, keep your foot on the brake pedal as long as possible and press on the clutch only when necessary.
Now, that we have discussed the major safety issues and what to avoid when driving stick, let's move on to our final overview of how to drive a manual transmission car.