Trust me, it was difficult to leave the word "just" off in front of "steer." I am a stick-shift snob.
I've believed I'm one of the few out there on the roads actually DRIVING, rather than steering. So what if my VW Bug hasn't had A/C for half of its life? It was more fuel efficient than the behemoth auto transmissions. So what if I'm routinely overtaken by everything on the road except mammoth-wheeled farm machinery? At least I'm not simply steering a couch on wheels, you know? I'm engaged in the business of driving.
Then comes this article,from Salon: http://www.salon.com/2012/05/14/is_it_ethical_to_drive_stick/?source=newsletter
The article says that today's automatics are as fuel efficient as manuals and that, in some instances, even peppier. OK, so my superior attitude has taken a flogging.
Still, the article goes on to list at least one reason it might be a good idea to give your teenager a stick-shift car: They are much more likely to be focused on driving (both feet and both hands are really needed) than engaging in distracted behavior like texting, reading emails and chatting on the phone. Plus, what if, when the zombies come, the only way out of town is an abandoned stick shift??
OK, so they need to know how to hot-wire, too.
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