Post # 1
did you learn on an automatic or a manual transmission? Most people I know (myself included) who know how to drive a stick shift learned on one. Just curious if that’s most often the case!
(you can vote on more than one option)
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
I learned on an automatic and that’s what I drive now (same with my FI). My parents drive both and own both and have tried to teach us in the past. I know what to do and technically I can drive manual, but pretty much only on country roads. If I ever was in traffic or going up a hill… 😉 My brother (he just turned 18) learned in the same automatic vehicles as me, but he also drives manual. I’m a very cautious person and dislike driving and I think that manual stresses me out, because it gives me even more responsibility. Someday I do want to fully learn though and so does my FI.
Post # 4
I learned to drive on a automatic and have never driven a stick shift car.
I also love cheese, a lot.
Post # 5
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
@DaneLady: I learned on an automatic. That’s what my mom had and she doesn’t know how to drive a manual. My dad knows how to but has really never owned one.
After we were divorced my ex-husband was ordered to provide me with a car every 3 years. One time money was tight for him and he wanted to buy himself a pickup so he asked if he could give me the car he was currently driving and I accepted. It was a stick. I asked my dad several times to show me how to drive it and he always had an excuse so I just got in the car and drove. We have a 240 acre farm so it was not hard to be on private drives and paths without worrying about other cars. So I taught myself how to drive the stick, which I prefer to drive. However, most SUV’s, especially larger ones, do not come with manual trannies so I drive an automatic right now.
ETA: I LOVE cheese! Eating cheez-its for breakfast at the moment. So healthy, I know!
Post # 6
I am British, and learned on a manual car, like 99% of Brits. I drive one now, and refuse to drive an automatic. I don’t trust them. If cars could make better gear choices than humans, they would rule the world. Until that day, I’ll select my gears, thanks.
Post # 7
Hahaha, cheese is winning- that’s awesome 🙂
I learned on a manual so that’s what I drive now. DH learned on an automatic, and aside from a few times around the parking lot he is hopeless with a stick shift.
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2014 - Prague
I LOVE manuals!!!!! I learned on one and am so glad! My friend and I traveled in Ireland two years ago and if I hadn’t known how to drive a stick we wouldn’t have been able to rent a car!
Post # 9
I learned to drive on a manual and drove one exclusively for more than 15 years. Unfortunately, I have a bad left knee (2 surgeries already) and the extra wear and tear from using the clutch was stress my knee didn’t need. So I got an automatic. It’s ok, but I prefer a manual. DH’s car is a manual at the moment but when he gets a new car in the next few months, he’ll go to an automatic as well 🙁
Post # 10
I learnt in and drive a manual now. My FI learnt in a manual and drives an automatic. He keeps telling me he *can* drive a manual, but hasn’t in the past 15 years. We are looking at getting me a new car – and I am probably going to end up with an automatic so we can both drive it easily.
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I learned to drive an automatic, that’s what I drive now. I have driven manual transmission, but I had some hill issues…slight rolling backwards…not good. So I don’t typically say that I can drive manual. I know how, but not well enough at this point. I would really only learn if I had to for some reason.
Post # 12
Both myself and DH learned how to drive an automatic and never learned how to drive a manual. We both have automatic cars.
Post # 13
I learned on an automatic, and then after I passed my test, learned to drive a manual. And I prefer a manual tranny.
Post # 14
- Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY
I learned in automatic and can’t drive manual but since I moved back to NYC 6 years ago I happily retired from driving 🙂
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I learned on an automatic (my Mom’s minivan), but my first vehicle was a manual, so I learned that at a young age, too.
Post # 16
I learned to drive in a car with automatic transmission, and that’s what I prefer. After getting my license, my parents made me take extra lessons to learn to drive manual.
We have a home across the pond that I spend a lot of time at. If I didn’t know how to drive manual, I’d have a really hard getting around, since we only have a manual car over there. I hate driving manual! Manual transmission + translating street signs in my head + roundabouts (why??!!!!!!?) = awful driving experience.
I’ll take Canadian roads and automatic transmissions any day!