Post # 46
Yes, I can drive a manual car. I learnt to drive in a manual car. My dad is nearly 60 and still drives manual, my mother is 55 and just got her first automatic car. Manual cars are around $2-3k cheaper over here in Australia compared to an auto and you can get 90% of cars in manual and automatic transmission. I am thinking about upgrading my car in a year or two and I think I’ll stick to manual. I like it, keeps things interesting! My partner drives an auto, I hate it.
Also, I didn’t read the other replies but over here in Australia if you have a manual licence you can drive a manual or an auto, but if you have an auto licence, you can only drive an auto. I think everyone should learn how to drive a manual! It takes a while but I can do it with my eyes closed now (I don’t lmao) but you know what I mean!
Post # 47
- Wedding: July 2015 - The Plantation, PE, ZA
I have only driven manual transmission vehicles. I’m in South Africa and it is not normal at all to be incapable of driving a manual transmission.
Also we stay in a fairly “off the beaten track” area near Stellenbosch, so it’s a mix between winding roads and full on country dirt roads.
We have a hatchback and a “bakkie”, i.e. a truck. They’re both diesel because it just makes sense in this area too.
I have no qualms with automatics or people who can only drive them, but it really isn’t common here. I don’t think it’s even considered a real option when doing your drivers license here.
Post # 48
beejeany : It is the same here. If you pass your test on an auto your licence will state you can only drive automatic cars. I have also only ever seen one learner car that was an automatic.
Post # 49
- Wedding: May 2016 - Sussex, UK
UK bee. I can drive both but as with nearly everyone I passed my test in a manual. D.H has a two hour commute so he chose an automatic. More expensive but worth it for sitting on the M25. I drive when we go abroad though and it takes me a second to remember how to drive an automatic. It’s a strange lack of control feeling for a bit.
Post # 50
German bee here and almost everybody learns how to drive a manual, so yes, I can drive manual. Most cars are manuals.
However, my mum always bought my great-uncle’s used cars when he felt like getting a new one and for disability reasons, he always had automatic cars. One of his cars (an old rosewood-coloured Audi 80) was later passed on to my sister and me as our first shared car, it, too, was an automatic.
Since then I’ve owned a manual (Renault Kangoo) and currently drive an automatic (VW GOLF V) that I took over from my mum. I drive quite a lot and I have to admit that it’s nice to have an automatic because it saves me work, especially in traffic jams and in town. I wouldn’t usually spend extra money on an automatic though. I’m currently waiting for my new car to be delivered. Since I wanted a hybrid, I didn’t get to choose between manual and automatic because afaik they only come as automatics.
Post # 51
I learned to drive on automatic back in the dinosaur days, but my now husband (then HS boyfriend) taught me to drive manual on his old truck. So I haven’t driven manual in a very long time because every car I’ve owned has been automatic. I suppose if I had to do it, I could figure it out again, but I didn’t care for it anyway so it’s not something I would intentionally chose to get. I’ve never been in the market for a car that had manual.
I just googled this because I found it interesting. Only 4% of the cars sold in the US since 2012 have manual transmission. It is very much a dying market.
Post # 52
Yes, I can drive a manual transmission and love them. It’s always been my first choice and I currently do own a manual transmission and yes, would buy another one. I also just bought a BMW X1 which is an automatic because I wanted a small SUV and they don’t come in manual, but I do enjoy it. I love having the best of both worlds!
Post # 53
Yes, the statistics say that fewer than 4% of cars sold in the US have a manual transmission, but over 80% of cars sold in Europe and Asia are manual. Indeed, about 70% of cars for the US aren’t even available in manual transmissions; they’re not even made that way because they just don’t sell. More performance vehicles are also available with automatic transmission than there used to be.
While knowing HOW to drive a stick might not be rare in the US, it probably will be soon. When so many vehicles aren’t even available in a manual transmission, it is just practically impossible to teach anyone to drive one. My kids don’t know how, as we haven’t had one since they were babies, and I can’t think of a practical way to teach them without owning one.