Can You drive a car with manual transmission?

Manual Transmission
Kolkata, India
March 22, 2017 6:02pm CST
I was checking out an article, where I came through the fact that only 17% of the americans can drive a car with manual transmission. Is this true? I just thought to get you guys opinion.
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@Platespinner (16491)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
23 Mar 17
I prefer to drive a manual transmission,but of the five vehicles parked in my driveway only one is not an automatic--stick-shift vehicles are getting harder and harder to find.
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• Kolkata, India
23 Mar 17
That's very true Mam. I also have love for the stick shift vehicles, but getting them becomes harder these days. Auto transmission are good, but it doesn't give that pleasure which at least I get in the manual shift.
@TheHorse (65785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Jan
I worry that when my Xterra "gets old," I'll have a hard time finding another with a stick. The vehicle is perfect for me.
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
1 Jan
@TheHorse funny thing...in Europe driving stick seems to be preferred. My son is one of the few American young adults working at an American DOD resort who can drive vehicles from the facility's fleet. And from what he says most of the other vehicles on the road are also stick and (horror of horrors) people walk everywhere .
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• Bournemouth, England
22 Mar 17
It's different in the UK where the majority can drive a car with manual transmission and just a minority (including myself) are only licensed to drive an automatic.
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• Kolkata, India
22 Mar 17
Ok.. So this is something new, which I came to learn. That's cool you know. And i personally feel, that driving in manual transmission is better, it gives better customisation. You can learn it once, and you will know.
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• Bournemouth, England
22 Mar 17
@subhajitsil6 I tried to learn it but didn't have the physical co-ordination to change gear without looking. Here you can take an automatic-only test, provided you only ever drive an automatic car.
• Kolkata, India
22 Mar 17
@asfarasiknow Thats really sad. But I feel a little practice will do the thing. It doesn't seem that difficult. But ofcourse for me it might not be difficult but for someone else it could be. As there are many things which aren't difficult for the world but for me it is.
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@OneOfMany (12423)
• United States
23 Mar 17
I've never needed to, but I could probably do it. I drive farm equipment all the time and they require clutches to shift gear. The biggest problem and why I wouldn't want a manual car is my legs. Long legs that are awkward to drive with in the first place. I don't want to tax my legs trying to fit them down there where I would need to use the clutch. I'll stick to my automatics. Other than that I know all about shifting gears for different terrains and using the clutch to do so.
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• Kolkata, India
23 Mar 17
Thanks a lot for your response. So is it that you only know about the manual shifts or you have also driven manual shifts vehicle?
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@OneOfMany (12423)
• United States
23 Mar 17
@subhajitsil6 As stated above, I've never driven a car that was manual, but have driven plenty of tractors that are. People say it's different, but they are people who have never driven farm equipment either, so how would they know?
• Kolkata, India
23 Mar 17
@OneOfMany Yeah true. Even I never drove any farm equipment, and I have a feeling that maintaining big/heavy vehicles are always difficult. And it takes real caliber to drive those heavy vehicles.
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@Shavkat (62567)
• Philippines
23 Mar 17
I can drive either way. But I prefer automatic vehicles.
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• Kolkata, India
23 Mar 17
Thank You for your response, i understand your like but for me I would go for manual rather than for the auto transmission.
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@Shavkat (62567)
• Philippines
23 Mar 17
@subhajitsil6 I am not good at listening to engine's sound.
• Kolkata, India
23 Mar 17
@Shavkat Why would the engine sound if you know when to change shift.
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• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
23 Mar 17
It's crazy because I learned to drive in a car with a stick shift, but couldn't drive one today to save my life. That clutch thingie is hard for someone as uncoordinated as I am.
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• Kolkata, India
24 Mar 17
@sherryericha I agree for many of us handling the clutch and the gear is hard, specially the co-ordination. But still for me I will go for the stick. I prefer the manual more than the auto shift.
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• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
24 Mar 17
@subhajitsil6. That's interesting. I wish I could drive a stick. It seems more skillful than auto.
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• Kolkata, India
24 Mar 17
@sherryericha Ofcourse its more skillful than auto. Do try it once.
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@NJChicaa (40204)
• United States
22 Mar 17
I can. My current car is a stick.
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• Kolkata, India
22 Mar 17
Wao! Good. But what's your opinion. I mean what about the majority of the people? How do they drive in your place?
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@NJChicaa (40204)
• United States
23 Mar 17
@subhajitsil6 most people have an automatic transmission. That's how the cars come. My car is a sports car which is why it is stick.
• Kolkata, India
23 Mar 17
@NJChicaa Yeah true, but sticks are always preferable even for me.
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@ricki_911 (19451)
• Toronto, Ontario
22 Mar 17
I can't ! But I do want to learn.
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• Kolkata, India
22 Mar 17
Its not that tough you know, a little practice with a less to no supervision will make you a pro in this.
@kamzbd (463)
23 Mar 17
automatic drive is perfect for me I think.
• Kolkata, India
23 Mar 17
And may i know why so? And where are you from?
@Paljas (146)
• South Africa
23 Mar 17
Also different in South Africa. Majority of people can drive a car with manual transmission. I had an automatic car once and I hated it. I personally enjoy a car with manual transmission and will hold on to mine if they stop making them. HaHa.
• Kolkata, India
23 Mar 17
It different in places, over here in India also people will go for cars with manual shift rather than the auto shift.
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• Newport, Rhode Island
23 Mar 17
I've been able to since I was 18, just a couple of years after I learned how to drive. I much prefer a manual transmission. Not only am I American, I'm female too!
• Kolkata, India
23 Mar 17
Wao thats good, so the love that i am seeing in this discussion for manual shift is making the report which I went through that 17% americans know to drive cars with manual shift is becoming faded.
@TheHorse (65785)
• Pleasant Hill, California
1 Jan
I am one of the 17%. I always get "sticks" because I find them more fun to drive.