Can you drive an manual transmission car?
If so, how were you taught to drive one?
If you don't know how, have you ever thought about learning?
I learned to drive on a standard transmission. Not certain if that's the best way to learn or not, but it's what my family had that Dad was willing to let us learn on. It took a while to get the hang of it but after I did I've been very confident driving anything.
My current car is a standard transmission. When I was shopping for new cars a few years ago it took me a bit to convince the dealerships that I actually wanted a standard (I'm a girl. I look young for my age. I live in Texas. I wasn't buying a truck.). When I actually I had to wait a few weeks for the dealership to find me one with the other options I wanted. But it saved me some money and I actually enjoy driving with a manual transmission.
When I learned to drive (early '80s) manuals were a lot more common than they are today; our two family cars were manuals so that's what I learned to drive. (The school's Drivers' Ed simulators and car were automatic, so I got practice on those too.) Learning on a manual means you have the full driving skill-set; you can just let some of it go when you want to drive an automatic. Learning on an automatic means you need to pick up the rest of the skill set if you want to drive the other kind. IMO the first scenario is far preferable.
Nowadays though, manuals are mostly found only on utility and performance vehicles. It's perfectly possible to go through life never needing to drive a stick. The zeits, they are a-geisting.read more collapse
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