No, I’m not talking about manuals as in books of instructions, I mean manual as in transmissions. The first car I ever learned to drive on was a stick-shift, and it drove me goddamn bonkers. I could never get the hang of depressing the clutch at the same time as the accelerator, then making sure I didn’t accidentally press the clutch when I needed to brake. I had such a difficult time with it, my parents traded that car in for an automatic, where all I’d have to do is put the car in D and then go. My sister learned to drive on an automatic, because by that time, the old stick-shift had long since faded into memory. If my parents had to drive one again they could with no problems, but my sister and I would be utterly screwed.
For those of you that are car drivers, do you prefer manuals or automatics? If you don’t live in the United States, what kind of transmission is more common in your country? If you had to switch from one to the other, do you think it would affect your driving?