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Automatic or Stick Shift?

When I was 14 years old a friend of mine taught me how to drive. He was a couple years older then me and taught my best friend and me at the same time. He taught us in stick shift and I had a hard time getting it at first. I would make the car stall, grind the gears and all those things a newbie does. I remember rolling at the top of a hill and freaking out. Luckily I caught on within a week or so and am actually glad I learned to drive in a stick shift car. When I bought my very first car it was also a stick shift and I loved it. Eventually I ended up buying an automatic just because it was so much easier to drive, especially in traffic. Over the years the majority of my cars have all been automatic just because it's easier to drive. My husband bought a new car two months ago and opted for stick shift. It had been a few years since I drove one and I was a little nervous I would forget how. However it is like riding a bike, it's just something that comes natural now. I got in his car and it all came back to me. I wonder if he was hoping I would have forgotten because now there are days I want to drive his car. He might have been hoping he didn't have to share, but too bad ... I love his car! He really doesn't mind because there are some days he gets sick of stick and wants to take my car so we switch off. A lot of women I know don't know how to drive stick shift and I often wonder why. I am thankful I can drive either and it has proven useful. There were several times it came in handy, like having to drive that drunk friend home in their car and it was stick shift. Although I prefer automatic I love being able to drive either. Which do you prefer to drive?


5 votes / 71% 5 votes / 71 %

Stick Shift

2 votes / 28% 2 votes / 28 %

Neither You dont drive

0 votes / 0% 0 votes
This poll has received 7 vote(s) so far.

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DWDavisRSL wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:43 PM

I drove a stick shift for many years but now-a-days, with my hips and knees like they are, it would be nearly impossible for me to do so on a regular basis.

JeanC wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:43 PM

A few years ago I would have voted stick, so much more control of things. But as old age and damaged knees continue to creep up on me I more and more prefer an automatic.

GemOfAGirl wrote on January 21, 2015, 10:29 PM

I didn't vote because I like both. I like the sense of control I have when I drive a stick shift, but I also like that it's easier to grab a sip of water when I'm driving an automatic (I know, I shouldn't drive distracted, but at least I don't drive while talking on the phone, emoticon :winking: )

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 21, 2015, 10:47 PM

While I definitely prefer to drive an automatic, I was forced to learn how to drive a stick the hard way. The company I worked for as a field technician purchased company trucks for all of the field techs. Unfortunately, they were all stick shift and at the time I never drove a stick before. So, I got a few tips from a couple coworkers and I was on my own. I guess I was a quick learner because I got the hang of it before I got a chance to destroy the transmission.

BarbRad wrote on January 22, 2015, 12:23 AM

Our first car was a VW Bug with a stick shift and we both learned to drive on it. But in 1985 when I first started having neck problems, my physical therapist said I should not drive a stick shift anymore. It gave us the excuse we needed to buy our Plymouth Voyager with automatic, and it as my favorite car of all we had ever owned.

Kat- wrote on January 22, 2015, 9:44 AM

Most definitely automatic as I cannot drive a stick, my parents tried, for a short while to teach me, but we eventually gave up. lol

MsBiz wrote on January 22, 2015, 4:39 PM

My husband and I have two cars: an automatic Jeep, that's mostly mine, and a manual Jetta, which is primarily his. Really, I like a manual transmission better because of the gas mileage and because I feel like I'm in greater control. I think it also helps that my parents forced me to learn how to drive a manual transmission so I would always know how.

lucyluuk wrote on January 23, 2015, 12:37 PM

I am English a gear stick all the way for me thank you that is how I learnt and I feel if I was not to have that I would feel out of control if I had learnt in an automatic I am sure I would not feel like that