The general consensus is that fewer and fewer Americans can drive a manual. Based on your keyhole of experience, do you think say compared to 10 - 15 - 20 years ago, a smaller percentage of people drive a stick shift nowadays?
Q for Americans and those living in the US - Can you drive a car w/a manual transmission?
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The answer to your first question is yes. I actually took my driver's ed classes with a stick, so even though I've never owned one of my own, I've always been able to drive one. I was irritated that my wife didn't know how to drive one because she really wanted (and got) a Mini Cooper back before we were married, but she got an automatic. Boo.
To your second question ... absolutely. They make less and less manuals, so less people buy them, and consequently less people know how to drive them.
Probably. Maybe it'll become retro eventually.
FWIW, I have driven and can drive one if needed. I've never owned one and don't practice much though.
I had manual transmission up till I got married and both daily use vehicles in the family needed automatic transmission. I have to admit it is a little easier to operate in heavy traffic.
I got a funny story about stick shifts even though some of you may have had something similar happen as well. 20 years ago I owned a little pickup with a 5 speed and my owned a Nissan sentra ser model with auto, anyways anyone that knows about that model sentra is that it's the sport edition with of course 4 wheel disc and ABS on a car that weighs less than 2500 pounds soaking wet. Well one day I was driving her car for one reason or another and I was almost home and for some reason lifted that left foot of mine and MASHED that pedal to the floor . . . could not breathe for about 15 seconds after that, I swear that car went from 35 to 0 in about 6 feet.
Yes, I grew up on a farm so I can ride a motorbike (not licensed though...) and I can drive a tractor. GOGOGO John Deeres. Not sure why I felt compelled to answer though as im not American...