Post # 78
I’m glad I made this post! Love reading all your responses Bees!
I’m honestly not sure which I prefer yet. What we’ve been doing for practise is driving for a half an hour in the manual and then switching to the automatic for the next half hour. The whole time I am in the manual I am complaining about how annoying it is to shift constantly lol, but when I get in to the automatic it just feels like I’m disconnected from the car and it actually makes me a lot more panicky than the manual does now!
Post # 79
We have 2 automatics. Fiance can sort of drive manual (very jerkily, shhh lol). I can drive manual too. My first car was a stick and my dad taught me how to drive it by leaving me on a (non-busy) hill and making me control the car and be able to get up the hill on my own, when I was 17. MEAN! But it helped and everything after that was not as hard.
I think manual is more fun to drive for some of the OP’s reasons, being able to feel more in control of the car. I live in the city now so it makes no sense for me to drive manual…stop….and….go…rinse….repeat. But the next car I buy will probably be manual. 🙂
But also – PP has mentioned, it’s good to know in an emergency and you have to drive someone else’s car to a hospital or whatever!
Post # 80
I was nodding & laughing while reading that! I used to have an automatic Elantra as well. Funny.
Post # 81
Automatic, but I can drive a manual. If I didn’t live in a city known for its stop and go traffic I would have a manual in a heartbeat.
I think they are so much more fun to drive.
Post # 82
Every car I’ve owned up until the one I bought this September have been manual. I miss it!! I think everyone should at least learn how to drive a manual.
Post # 83
Currently we both have automatics but we can both drive stick. I learned to drive stick in college when I had to DD for a friend who had a stick shift. We stalled around 20 times to go 10 blocks to his place.
Post # 84
My current car is an automatic and DH has a manual but we can both drive both.
My dad taught me to drive in his huge manual 4 wheel drive, he said if I can parallel park in it and learn to drive in it then I will be able to drive any car no problem and its true!
Post # 85
Currently I don’t drive because like you used to I now live in a country where there is absolutely no point in owning a car even if you can afford it (about US$150k+ to purchase – not joking!). When I was in the UK I drove a manual car, never even been in an automatic.
Post # 86
I am still learning at 22, been really lazy about learning to drive, I have been learning to drive a manual, I hate it but I feel I should learn on a manual just in case I need to drive one at some point.
Post # 87
Automatic. My father would be embarrassed that I still haven’t learned to drive a manual.
Post # 88
I drive both. I learned to drive on a manual and the first car I bought was manual. I now have an automatic (Crossover)
SO has two cars, one manual and one automatic. It’s nice the we both know how to drive manual, because if there’s every an issue we can could drive each other’s cars (back when I still had a manual)
I actually didn’t mind the manual at all. You get used to it, but I do suggest that if you are going to buy a manual car for yourself once you learn to drive one, drive a few differnt cars to see which you feel most comfortable in. Every clutch/transmission is different and you might be surprised at what you like and what you don’t. For example, I test drove a Scion TC, a car I thought I LOVED, and a Hyundai Tiburon, and wound up with the Tiburon because I preferred the clutch and transmission.
Post # 89
I LOVE driving manual. I think it makes you more in tune with the car, how fast you are going, makes you pay attention, more in touch with braking- everything.
Post # 90
Stick. I learned to drive on one, then had two different autos and my car now is stick again. I think everyone should at least have a basic knowledge how to drive both. Even if your stick driving is rough.
Post # 91
Manual. I’ve had 4 cars, never owned an automatic. When I drive them I forget to put them in Park a lot. oops!
Post # 92
I drive a manual shift Accord and Fiance has a manual for his daily driver and a automatic truck for weekends/yard stuff. Every time I drive an automatic I try to shift it!