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  • I can.
  • I can and have . Too much !! In all honesty, I'm just too lazy to shift gears these days ; )
  • I can. I learned how to drive on a stick shift car.
  • I can't do it. I really, really want to learn, but just can't get the hang of it. If anyone has some tips or hints to help me out, please post them. Thanks.
  • I've been driving stick for 20 some years at least. Not fun in the winter or on a steep hill though!
  • I can but my current car is an automatic.
  • I love driving stick shift. No matter how much the technology improves, I will always prefer a standard stick shift with a clutch. There is nothing quite like driving a stick shift with a clutch. The control and power one gets from a standard manual transmission cannot be matched. The new cars that have “manual” transmission in which you push buttons with your hands are worthless. How can you ever pop the clutch when you don’t have one. Not only are real manual transmission cars the most fun to drive, they are also cheaper to drive since the fuel economy is better. Yea…I love my stick shift.
  • I prefer them over an automatic :)
  • I only did it once and I loved it! I would ove to be able to drive one. Maybe with my next car.
  • I don't know how many people know, but I sure do. I learned to drive a stick at 19. The boss handed me the keys to his car and said, go to Tulsa and get something, I don't remember what it was. Tulsa was 45 miles away. When I realized it was a stick I went back in the office and told him I didn't know how to drive one. He said, "I guess you'll learn today." :/ I did.
  • I tried, but I ruined an ex boyfriends clutch, so I prefer a automatic.
  • Me, I love them & I made my son master how to drive one too. Once you learn to drive a standard there's nothing you can't learn to drive. He use to hate it until he learned now he loves them & is proud of hisself that he learned in 1 day,lol. ( I am too & my clutch)
  • I can drive one and have owned them in the past. It just seems like the cars available on the car lots in the model I want are automatics.
  • I can drive a stick, if absolutely necessary. I do prefer an automatic, though, because as much as I LOVE driving, I also like listening to music and doing other things that would take my attention away from shifting.
  • I learned on a manual shift, but I prefer automatic. I bought my son a cute little car with manual and he learned in one lesson (after he has been driving automatic for several years). My Hubby refuses to learn. Sonny is teaching his girlfriend, and his nephew.
  • I learned on manual...but it is so much more easy in the city with an automatic.
  • I PREFER stick. And I'm 17; it's not like I grew up when they were mainstream.
  • I've always had a stick, and as a Big Rig driver I've driven almost anything, including an 18 speed, even though most trucks are now 10 speeds.
  • My Rubicon is a standard and I've owned standards on and off for several years.
  • in Denmark, you rarely see anything else than a manual.
  • Most young people in my town drive manuals because they have turbos or V8's and it makes their car seem cooler. I myself wouldn't drive anything else. I love changing gears. It gives me a sense of power over the car.
  • I've tried to learn, but I couldn't. So I only drive automatic.
  • I can drive a stick and have had several cars that were stick in the past. It helped me a lot when I learned to ride a motocycle.
  • The vast majority of the people outside the United States I would say.
  • I drove a "stick" car...until I got my new little but perfect Hyundai. I feel I am too old to be shifting gears....
  • If it's a 4 cylinder economy model that's the only kind I insist be manual transmission, or else they can't seem to get out of they're own way.
  • Pretty much every car driven in the UK is manual transmission, so I would estimate at least 15-20 million of my countrymen can for starters, myself included.
  • I learned when I was 15, because my dad felt I should learn how before I drove an automatic. Then I relearned when I was 18 from my BF's Mom at the time. I prefer to drive a stick, because of the snow around here in the winter. It's safer if you know how to drive it well.
  • I wouldn't own anything else, I love manual cars. Plus it keeps my hubby from driving my car, since he hates having to shift :).
  • my last three cars have been sticks - i wont drive anything else - i save more money on gas than the rest of ya - and im a girly girl
  • It is very funny. My 19 year old daughter can drive a stick but my 27 year old doesn't know how. I had to learn on one because my first car was a stick. My daughter fell in love with her first car which was a stick and I thought... Oh no. And it was tough at first but now she wouldn't have any other kind. I would actually like a stick when I get my next car! But you pose a good point in your question! It is a lost art. But those of us who know how to drive a stick probably would opt for one if they had both options in the car of their choice. Thing is not too many new cars have that option.
  • I prefer to drive a stick shift... I don't like driving automatics... But I have an automatic right now... blah... It's so boring....lol
  • Many of my first cars were standard transmission and most cars that I have owned throughout my life were standards.
  • I can and usually prefer to. However it sucks that the only joint I have arthritis in is my left knee. Some days, a slushbox is a necessary evil.
  • I do. I taught my children to drive a stick before they got their licenses. I wanted them to know how so that they would never be stuck in a situation where the only vehicle available was a manual transmission. It is more fun than an automatic, more cost effective and safer in lots of bad weather conditions. I had to switch to an automatic when my lower back was broken, but I miss the manual a lot!
  • I thought not, but after seeing the other answers,I stand corrected. Also, Iwould love to convert my automatic Safari van to manual. Can't get enough.
  • In the UK, automatics are distinctly upmarket. There are almost no small cars with automatic - they are all stick shift. Which means that everybodies first car, and probably second or third, is stick shift. Small automatics are for the elderly. Even in large cars, stick shift is probably 50% of the market.
  • In Australia manual transmissions were the norm, but now auto are becoming more and more common (this is the continuation of the americanization of Australia!), many young people don't know how to use a manual trans anymore...I wouldn't drive anything else.
  • I can drive stick however choose not to because I have 2 younger kids and want 1 less thing to think about while driving. My sister's car is manual, the hubby wants a manual, my dad prefers manual. The first car I drove was a manual transmission - the only problem is when we came Stateside the driver's seat was on the opposite side from what I learned. =0
  • truthfully,i think it should be law that all persons (execpt those physically disabled)should take the driving test in a standard transmission car,for the express purpose that if the need arises (emergency etc)a person would be able to drive one
  • I love driving a stick shift! It's so much fun...unless of course you're going up hill or in really bad traffic.
  • I can!!
  • I drive stick and automatic
  • I dont know, someone must be buying them!!
  • Drive it right into a wall! It's been too many years since I last drove one.
  • I prefer a stick shift over all others, yes, we are still out there.....
  • I will never buy a automatic car, With a manual you have more control over your car and its way more fun to drive, automatic is for lazy people.
  • I just learned to drive a stick shift about 6 months ago..I love it. If I didn't have 3 kids, I'd drive one all the time. My husband drives a 5sp civic, its so much fun.
  • I can I can! My first car was 40 years old and had a very sticky clutch, and my parents refused to let me drive/buy anything else, so I had to learn if I wanted to go anywhere! When I had the opportunity to purchase my own car, I opted for a manual transmission because I ended up preferring it. You've got more control, particularly if you're trying to pass or if you're driving in snow. Also it's safer because you're constantly having to work the clutch or shift or SOMETHING so it's tough to pay attention to other things besides your driving (at least harder than it is in an automatic), and harder to do things like eat or talk on the phone because you need both hands to drive! My new car is an automatic, but my hubby surprised me with it and I wasn't going to complain ;)
  • I'd say that probably 75% of American drivers can't. Its a shame too. I love the control it gives you. The way automatic transmissions behave on hills disgusts me. With a manual transmission you just drop it in third and never even lose speed.
  • I would love to drive a four on the floor again!
  • I drove a manual for 15 years.. then got my first auto. Nothing like only having to move one foot through Mcdonalds drive-thru, being able to eat my Big Mac while resting my super Coke on my belly. ahhhh.. Superautosize me..
  • in spain its pretty much the only kind of car there is. so yeah, its what i drive.
  • "manual transmissions are no longer popular in many classes of cars sold in North America and Japan, although they remain dominant in Europe. Nearly all cars are available with an automatic transmission option, and family cars and large trucks sold in the US are predominantly fitted with automatics. In Europe and Asia (except Japan) most cars are sold with manual transmissions. Most luxury cars are only available with an automatic transmission." Source and further information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manual_transmission
  • Yes. After nine years of riding motorbikes I nearly forgot but now I'm good again.
  • In the UK, automatic transmissions are in the minority. If you want a full drivers licence, it must be taken in a "stick shift", or manual as they are called here. If you take your test in an auto transmission, you can only driver auto cars.
  • I drive a stick shift. I think it's more fun than an automatic.
  • in des moines it is mostly automatics but i think everyone should learn how to drive manuals i have a 2006 zo6 and its a automatic and i race a lot and they go faster so i got a manual
  • In foreign countries yes, but unfourtunately it is a lost art in the shovenistic culture of car drivers in the USA. But for those of us who do realize the true passions of driving stick I applaud you because you may one day own a fine sports car, as they are made only in manual!!!!
  • Here in Norway almost everyone drives a manual, tough it`s more and more automatics by the day.. I hate automatics, i fore one must have a manual "stick" i got more control over the car that way..
  • most people in the UK drive a manual (stick shift) i do!!
  • I can do it - I'm a little rusty, but I know the fundamentals of driving a stick.
  • I will take a stick shift over an automatic any day, I have been driving for about 40 years, and a few million miles in big trucks. The most gears I have ever used was 40 in a K.W. 40 ton big stick wrecker. It had a 10 speed with a 4 speed aux. I prefer a 13 speed to any of them.
  • i just bought a mustang with a 5 speed. this is my 3rd mustang and the other 2 were automatics. An automatic in a muscle car is like a hot girl with no vagina,whats the point?
  • Every car I've ever owned has been a standard. I prefer it.
  • Most people I know can drive stick. I can drive stick though not very well anymore. I think most people do.
  • I'm 17 and I can drive stick very well, but there are sooo many people that think automatics are better, the crazy people.
  • im 16 and i can drive stick, like a monkey can eat a banana, but yeah i live in a little hicktown in ks and everbody out here can drive stick
  • I wouldn't buy anything else. Driving a car with automatic transmission is like having sex with a condom. You just don't get the full sensation.
  • I can,but I don't like it.To many things to do.Clutch in Shift,downshift,clutch again-no time to relax.I feel like Micheal Flatley......Lord of the Dance!
  • yeah almost every one i know can drive a stick shift.
  • I certainly can! If gas prices keep going up, I imagine alot more people will want to learn, due to the fact that standard transmission cars generally get better mileage.
  • Ok for one, every 18 wheeler on the road is a stick shift. For two 250 out of every 1000 new cars are to be made stick. Also most sports cars are stick. You have faster 0-60 times, better fuel milage and lots of other advantegase.
  • In nearly every country in Europe people drive stick shift, or manual cars, including myself.
  • yes plenty
  • it happens ... but it is not too often. I personally never learned how to.
  • Yes - we love cars with manual transmissions - we have two of them. I prefer the control, the traction, and just the pure fun of driving the stick shift. They are also easier to repair and more fuel efficient than automatics.
  • i have a 6 speed stick in my dodge viper
  • I like driving a stick over factory installed automatic transmissions. However a high performance manual valve automatic behind an engine with decent HP is my favorite. But then again thats shifting manually, just with no clutch. ;)
  • In the UK it is about 70% manual (stick shift) cars. Automatics are better for urban/traffic jams, but out on the open roads, a true drivers car, would be a manual EVERYTIME!
  • Not many in CA---too much stop and go traffic. Also, not as good on gas mileage?
  • Absolutely!!! Best way to drive...
  • i learned when i was 16 i learned in a 69 ford pickup with 3 speed on the column, or called three on the tree i bet most of you dont remember the old three on the tree column shift manual transmissions haha :D i have owned a few now most ppl would ask what i was doing and had no idea they ever existed :D some manual transmissions i dont like much but i prefer the old truck 4 speed top loader tall shifter granny first gear ratio transmissions over a little wimpy car 5 speed, but sometimes i do like a little wimpy 5 speed i have owned probably over 200 different vehicles since 1994 now and well i have driven about anything you can think of frm big grain trucks, to motorcycles vehicle-aholic, its a sickness. i currently have about 15 vehicles from a '54 ford pickup to a 97 cavalier and 98 achieva if anyone ever needs parts for anything at all and has no other luck, or for any good and quick vehicle repair for low cost in central IL USA then let me know fastr68@yahoo.com or 217 314 0091 anytime leave a message and number or contact info also if you have any junk unwanted wrecked or something else any size of vehicles then i will give up to 200 dollars cash for them with the title and free quick removal regards! Randy
  • Yes, I can. That is how I learned to drive.
  • I can drive most vehicles, stick shift or not.
  • I can. I cannot think of a single car that I would really like to own that comes automatic only. I learned to drive with a manual, I currently have a manual, and I find it much more entertaining than driving an automatic. I cannot imagine buying an automatic car any time soon. One thing I do not understand from reading the answers, though: why do so many people have to think about shifting? It is such an ingrained habit for me that I do not ever think about what gear I'm in, or if I've missed one; I just pick the one I want without even realizing that I did it nearly 100% of the time.
  • I'm pretty sure most people outside of North American know how to drive a car with a manual transmission. I don't like automatics because they don't shift when I want them to and they aren't as efficient. You can compare mileage for the same car with manual and auto on fueleconomy.gov. In most cases the mileage is better with a manual.
  • Both of the cars I've ever owned have been manual. I like the excitement of shifting a car, and I like the control it offers. When I drive an automatic now I get bored!! Also I think manual transmissions last longer than autos, not to mention they make your purchase cheaper. It's a good skill for everyone to have, and once you learn, you don't forget. It's like riding a bike
  • Yes, I love them, but don't own one now.
  • yah it is hella easy it took me like two times to learn it...
  • I drive a stick shift, but it's a truck.
  • I own a 2007 Jeep wrangler. I use it for offroad trail purposes. I have become a better driver because of my stick shift and wouldn't have it any other way!
  • My first vehicle was a stick shift and my present one is as well, I love manuals!
  • for Gord sake ,, where do you live. Out of 50 vehicles outside this office 49 would have stick shift. get outa wherever you are ,an seek a bit of freedom in the country
  • Of course. It isn't like rocket science. My present car is an automatic, but I've owned several manual transmission vehicles in the past.
  • I just love shifting gears, it make me feel like i am in control.
  • It's REAl driving....back in England where everything is apparently smaller and not quite as good as the States we manage quiet well with it. Yes, dinosaurs are stil roaming the earth and we do it all manually !!
  • I learned to drive on a stick shift, but after getting my license have driven nothing but automatics since. I think if I tried to drive a stick today, I'd have a bit of an issue.
  • True in Denmark like most of europa there are alot of cars with gearshift. But it is getting alot more common to get cars with automatic gearshifting.

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