(Closed) What do you drive? – Manual or Automatic

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: What do you drive?
    Manual : (88 votes)
    33 %
    Automatic : (178 votes)
    66 %
    I don't drive : (3 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 63
    983 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

    @strawbabies:  Haha I can relate. The very first time I drove stick without my SO, I stalled 3 times in an intersection a few blocks from my place and I got so flustered that I cried and flagged down a stranger who drove me home. It was not good.

    Post # 64
    3686 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    @Jellybones:  Darling Husband was out of town on business and took my car because his needed new tires. I was only going a short way down the street to get to work in the car with the manual transmission.  I left super early in the morning to give myself enough time to pull over and cry in case it didn’t go so well.  

    Oh, then there is the left turn across a busy street out of the parking lot where I work.  DH told me not to make it and to turn right and pull into the library parking lot instead to turn around.  He forgot that there was only one way out of the library lot and it’s a steep ass hill with a stop sign.  I sat there forever trying to get the guts to pull into traffic.  A guy pulled up behind me.  I had to roll down the window and wave him ahead until I could get the nerve to try to go.  

    The next day I just made the left turn out of work like I would’ve in my own car.

    Post # 65
    178 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I drive an automatic, Fiance drives a manual. When we are married he is going to get rid of his car and we will just use mine, he is pretty sad that he won’t be able to drive a manual all the time.

    For the record, I do know how to drive a manual, I just prefer not too.

    Post # 66
    5272 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I drive automatic. Fiance drives manual. HE wants me to learn manual but I have no interest..seems to complicated to me to have to use both feet and both hands..like how would I put my lipgloss on then? LOL

    Post # 67
    5161 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    Both, so I did not vote. I learned on both. Drove automatic at home, and a stick while in the military. My late boyfriend’s vehicle was also a stick so I drove that often. My first (old) car was a stick. Then I had an automatic (old) car. I have an automatic (bought new) now, but still drive stick time to time when I am driving a friends car and the like.

    I prefer manual but I also prefer to not be shifting all the time in city traffic (especially in winter conditions), so I have the automatic even though I test drove both and was on the fence about it. It has the sport shift but I don’t use that as it really is not even close to being like a manual!

    Post # 69
    1806 posts
    Buzzing bee

    We have an automatic and a manual. I drive the automatic. I can drive a manual if need be, but I’d rather not because I’m not very good at it. But if someone needed a Dear Daughter, or a trip to the hospital, I could definitely do it.

    Post # 70
    7172 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    I learned on automatic, went to manual a few years later and have never looked back!

    I LOVE manual because I have greater control over the car (both speeding up and slowing down!).

    Post # 71
    8482 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I dont drive. Fiance drives a manual.

    Post # 72
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @beachbumbee:  Me too!  I have to remind myself to not use my left foot in an automatic!  If I’m distracted I don’t think about it and hit the brake, though.  Once my assistant thought I was having a seizure when we were driving somewhere in our little auto Elantra – got up to a stop sign and my left leg twitches and I reach towards the shifter.  🙂

    Post # 73
    605 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    I drive an automatic. I have absolutely no idea how to drive a manual.

    Post # 74
    7776 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I drive an automatic but I have owned a manual before and can drive both. Your Darling Husband is correct, it is an excellent skill to have.

    Post # 75
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @elle_z:  Shifting isn’t a distraction, it’s driving!  Talking on the phone, texting, checking out the hottie next to you, that’s distraction!  I find driving a manual to be much more engaging than an automatic.  You HAVE to pay attention to everything so you know when you’ll have to up or downshift.  I also have a really hard time steering, shifting, and talking on the phone at the same time. 

    Post # 76
    2950 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I had to learn to drive a manual before my parents would allow us to get our license growing up but i HATE driving them! lol

    Post # 77
    283 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    haha, AUTO!!! I havent driven a manual since I sat my drivers licence 10 years ago.

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