(Closed) (sort of a spin off) When you learned to drive…

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  • poll: When I learned to drive
    I learned on an automatic and CAN drive a manual : (41 votes)
    11 %
    I learned on an automatic and CAN NOT drive a manual : (92 votes)
    25 %
    I learned on a manual and drive one currently : (26 votes)
    7 %
    I learned on a manual but drive an automatic now : (17 votes)
    5 %
    I don't know how to drive : (9 votes)
    2 %
    I know how to drive (either kind) but don't drive by choice or circumstance : (4 votes)
    1 %
    I prefer a manual transmission : (32 votes)
    9 %
    I prefer an automatic transmission : (88 votes)
    23 %
    I like cheese : (66 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
    5371 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada โ™ฅ 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… ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 Fiance.

    Post # 4
    13015 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I learned to drive on a automatic and have never driven a stick shift car. 

    I also love cheese, a lot.

    Post # 5
    1725 posts
    Bumble bee
    • 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
    7992 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

    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 # 8
    3026 posts
    Sugar bee
    • 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
    4040 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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 ๐Ÿ™

    Post # 10
    260 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I learnt in and drive a manual now. My Fiance 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
    2610 posts
    Sugar bee
    • 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
    1348 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Both myself and Darling Husband learned how to drive an automatic and never learned how to drive a manual. We both have automatic cars. 

    Post # 13
    1841 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Rachel631:  LMAO

    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
    6076 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 15
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • 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
    3215 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    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!

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