• This is a political forum that is non-biased/non-partisan and treats every persons position on topics equally. This debate forum is not aligned to any political party. In today's politics, many ideas are split between and even within all the political parties. Often we find ourselves agreeing on one platform but some topics break our mold. We are here to discuss them in a civil political debate. If this is your first visit to our political forums, be sure to check out the RULES. Registering for debate politics is necessary before posting. Register today to participate - it's free!

Automatic or manual

Do you prefer manual or automatic?

  • I have no idea what you're talking about

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    63

TheGirlNextDoor


DP Veteran
Joined
Dec 21, 2009
Messages
20,027
Reaction score
7,646
Gender
Undisclosed
Political Leaning
Other
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.
 

Harry Guerrilla

DP Veteran
Joined
Dec 18, 2008
Messages
28,951
Reaction score
12,422
Location
Not affiliated with other libertarians.
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Libertarian
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.
 

TurtleDude

warrior of the wetlands
DP Veteran
Joined
Oct 12, 2005
Messages
255,240
Reaction score
77,423
Location
Ohio
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Libertarian - Right
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
 

TheGirlNextDoor


DP Veteran
Joined
Dec 21, 2009
Messages
20,027
Reaction score
7,646
Gender
Undisclosed
Political Leaning
Other
I have never driven a manual car, have driven a motorcycle.
I see no point in buying a car with a manual shifter.

:prof I have a motorcycle license as well.

A manual comes in handy, especially in the snow/ice. /shrug
 

TurtleDude

warrior of the wetlands
DP Veteran
Joined
Oct 12, 2005
Messages
255,240
Reaction score
77,423
Location
Ohio
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Libertarian - Right
:prof I have a motorcycle license as well.

A manual comes in handy, especially in the snow/ice. /shrug

wow a libertarian biker chick--where were you when I was single:mrgreen:
 

pbrauer

DP Veteran
Joined
Jun 6, 2010
Messages
25,394
Reaction score
7,206
Location
Oregon
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Liberal
My truck has stick shift and I love it.
 

1069

Banned
Joined
Oct 21, 2006
Messages
24,975
Reaction score
5,126
Gender
Undisclosed
Political Leaning
Undisclosed
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.
 
Last edited:

TheGirlNextDoor


DP Veteran
Joined
Dec 21, 2009
Messages
20,027
Reaction score
7,646
Gender
Undisclosed
Political Leaning
Other
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.
 

TheGirlNextDoor


DP Veteran
Joined
Dec 21, 2009
Messages
20,027
Reaction score
7,646
Gender
Undisclosed
Political Leaning
Other
wow a libertarian biker chick--where were you when I was single:mrgreen:

:lol: When you were single, I was probably married.. now, vice versa. ;)
 

soccerboy22

DP Veteran
Joined
Jan 20, 2010
Messages
10,721
Reaction score
4,120
Location
A warm place
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Slightly Conservative
I learned how to drive on a stick, but I was always so nervous driving a stick when I first started driving that I prefer auto.
 

digsbe

Truth will set you free
Moderator
DP Veteran
Joined
May 13, 2009
Messages
20,229
Reaction score
14,235
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Other
I prefer automatic, but I can also drive manual (and have driven manual). I'm kinda similar to soccerboy22.
 

TurtleDude

warrior of the wetlands
DP Veteran
Joined
Oct 12, 2005
Messages
255,240
Reaction score
77,423
Location
Ohio
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Libertarian - Right

d0gbreath

Yellow Dog Democrat
DP Veteran
Joined
Jan 5, 2010
Messages
14,480
Reaction score
4,327
Location
Denton, Texas
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Communist
I drove standards for 22 years. During that time automatic transmissions were vastly improved. I don't miss the gridlock crawl with a clutch. Automatics for me now.
 

winston53660

DP Veteran
Joined
Sep 29, 2007
Messages
29,262
Reaction score
10,125
Gender
Undisclosed
Political Leaning
Undisclosed
I can drive a tractor with 16 gears. I love racing through the gears in a good sports car or a motorcycle. But for everyday driving I'll take an automatic and even then sometimes I like putting it in low and then popping up :devil:
 
Last edited:

Josie

No Day But Today
Supporting Member
DP Veteran
Joined
Mar 25, 2010
Messages
39,123
Reaction score
20,959
Gender
Female
Political Leaning
Libertarian - Right
Two boyfriends tried to teach me how to drive stick shift and it just wasn't for me. It's weird how so many of my boyfriends drove manual vehicles...
 

Cephus

DP Veteran
Joined
Mar 15, 2007
Messages
31,034
Reaction score
11,932
Location
CA
Gender
Male
Political Leaning
Slightly Conservative
I can drive stick, I simply prefer not to. Way back when I was learning to drive, close to 30 years ago, stick was the "cheap" option in vehicles, you could get a car less expensive if it was a manual than if it was an automatic. I'd just rather not have to operate any more pedals and levers than I have to when I'm driving.
 

Josie

No Day But Today
Supporting Member
DP Veteran
Joined
Mar 25, 2010
Messages
39,123
Reaction score
20,959
Gender
Female
Political Leaning
Libertarian - Right

ender1

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 19, 2010
Messages
646
Reaction score
142
Political Leaning
Libertarian
I prefer stick shift. It gives you better control of the car, it's better on gas, and it's just more fun to drive. No contest.

Same here. It does get old in traffic but I enjoy driving one. Everyone needs to try a 12 cyl sports car with a stick. Even just once. Its a rush.
 
Top Bottom