Post # 1
Believe it or not, but I am just learning to drive now at 25 lol (I used to live in a city with great public transit, so I never had the desire to drive… but now that I have moved to the suburbs with my husband, it really is neccessary that I drive).
My husband insisted I learn on a manual, even though I already own an automatic car of my own (my SIL gave me her old car as a gift). His reasoning was that he will always own manual and I should be able to drive his car if I need to. Also, he thinks it will make me a better driver overall.
Learning on a manual was HARD. For the first month of learning, I only drove the manual car. When I could drive the manual without issue, we switched to the automatic car. It is definitely a lot easier, but at the same time I feel like I have less control over the car (and it’s so easy to accidentally speed lol).
What do you drive? What does your husband/FI/SO drive? Can you drive both, or only automatic? Why do you prefer automatic over manual or vice versa?
Post # 3
We both drive automatics & we both prefer them! 🙂
Post # 4
We have both and I drive both. I prefer a manual stick shift, especially during the winter. I also think that I have more control over the car, even more so in the snow.
Post # 5
My car is manual, DH’s is automatic (but he can also drive manual). My parents wouldn’t let me get my license until I learned to drive manual. My dad always said it’s such an advantage when you know how to drive ANY car. It’s come in handy because not only do I drive manual everyday, I once drove a friend of a friend home in his manual car when he was too drunk to drive it himself. He insisted I couldn’t drive it, and I told him “watch me.” I also taught my Maid/Matron of Honor to drive manual so she could drive my car if she needed to, which she did that night while I was driving the other guy. It does give you an advantage!
Post # 6
I have an automatic and I HATE IT! I would trade it in for an manual any day. I miss my manual.
Post # 7
We have a manual and an automatic car.
Darling Husband has always driven manual and I had a manual car for 7 years. When I got my new car, I chose automatic because I figured there might be a baby later on and it’s hard to get bigger cars as manuals. We 100% prefer manual, so much more fun!
Post # 8
I have an automatic and I don’t know how to drive manual. DH’s 3 cars (daily driver and two collector) are all manual…I want to learn eventually!
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We both drive automatics but have owned manuals in the past. I love me a manual transmission, but it’s not practical for driving in traffic.
Post # 10
@DeathByDesign: What do you drive? What does your husband/FI/SO drive? Can you drive both, or only automatic? Why do you prefer automatic over manual or vice versa?
I drive an automatic. Darling Husband and I share the car. I can drive both (where I’m from you can only learn on a manual because the instructor provides the car). I don’t know which I really prefer, since both have pros and cons. Cons of auto: Boring. Cons of manual: sucks in traffic.
Post # 11
I’ve always driven automatics cause that’s what my family has. I did learn to drive manual, but just have no desire to own one, but in a pinch, I could manage.
Post # 12
Both of our cars are manuals and we prefer it that way! He actually taught me to drive a stick, I didn’t know how until I was 25! I had even ordered my car before I learned – no choice at that point!
My mom can drive anything – she’s the one who taught dad to drive stick when he bought the 914 in college, they just only had automatics when I was living at home. Mom says she still likes a manual but it’s too much work for everyday. 🙂
Post # 13
We both own automatics. I learned to drive with a manual. Love them, but harder to find. Also, I now live in a super hill-y area in the city so I’m glad I don’t have to worry about that. Fiance does not know how to drive a stick.
Post # 14
I drive an automatic, but previously only had manuals. I must say, I miss driving a manual. Driving them always makes me feel like I have a little more control over the car.
I learned how to drive with a manual. I really do think it made me a better driver. It’s also nice to know that I’m able to drive just about anything, if the need arises.
Post # 15
Darling Husband taught me to drive stick. I wish I’d learned on it first! He can drive anything with wheels. Right now we have only automatics.
Post # 16
@DeathByDesign: congrats on learning to drive. i too waited until i was early 20’s to get my driver’s license.
my first car was a manuel.
i personally love manual vehicles. that is what we have. if, for whatever reason, i do drive an automatic, i feel a bit bored.