View Poll Results: Do you prefer manual or automatic?

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  • I prefer a manual transmission

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  • I prefer an automatic transmission

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  • I don't know how to drive a car with a manual transmission

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    Question Automatic or manual

    Do you know how to drive a vehicle with a manual transmission and if so, do you prefer manual or automatic?

    I ask because I am amazed at how many people I've run across lately, that can't drive a stick. I guess I just assumed that at some point, everyone learns how - but I'm learning there are a TON of people who can't and who have no desire to learn.

    I prefer a manual transmission because it allows me more control of my vehicle - especially in bad weather.
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    Do you know how to drive a vehicle with a manual transmission and if so, do you prefer manual or automatic?

    I ask because I am amazed at how many people I've run across lately, that can't drive a stick. I guess I just assumed that at some point, everyone learns how - but I'm learning there are a TON of people who can't and who have no desire to learn.

    I prefer a manual transmission because it allows me more control of my vehicle - especially in bad weather.
    I have never driven a manual car, have driven a motorcycle.
    I see no point in buying a car with a manual shifter.
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    Do you know how to drive a vehicle with a manual transmission and if so, do you prefer manual or automatic?

    I ask because I am amazed at how many people I've run across lately, that can't drive a stick. I guess I just assumed that at some point, everyone learns how - but I'm learning there are a TON of people who can't and who have no desire to learn.

    I prefer a manual transmission because it allows me more control of my vehicle - especially in bad weather.
    I drove a stick as a kid but I wouldn't want to have to get myself to the hospital with one at age 51



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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I have never driven a manual car, have driven a motorcycle.
    I see no point in buying a car with a manual shifter.
    I have a motorcycle license as well.

    A manual comes in handy, especially in the snow/ice. /shrug
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    I can drive manual, but prefer auto.
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    I have a motorcycle license as well.

    A manual comes in handy, especially in the snow/ice. /shrug
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    My truck has stick shift and I love it.


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    Re: Automatic or manual

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    I have a motorcycle license as well.

    A manual comes in handy, especially in the snow/ice. /shrug
    Here it very rarely snows, and maybe, ices over a few times but other than that, meh.
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    I can't drive stick; I only learned how to drive an automatic and got my license a couple of years ago.
    We have two cars: one automatic, one stick. I can only drive one of them, obviously.
    I don't think I'll ever learn to drive manual; some days- many days- even driving my automatic seems too much for me, and I just take the bus instead.
    I find driving really difficult and draining. It's not an enjoyable experience to me at all, it's very stressful and frightening, so much so that public transportation often seems preferable.
    Of course I live in a big city, with pretty bad traffic, and maybe small-town or country driving would be different. A lot of people here don't drive; sometimes it's faster just to bike or take a bus.
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    Re: Automatic or manual

    I used to live in Kansas City, so I guess I was used to driving in heavy traffic on a daily basis. It wasn't enjoyable, but it wasn't draining, necessarily - it was just something that you do. I do enjoy a good motorcycle ride though, and living a little further away from the 'big city' makes driving a lot less stressful.
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