I do feel that a requirement for the average drivers license should be proficiency using a standard manual transmission. At the very least, the procedure shouldn’t be a 5-minute glimpse like what I got in Driver’s Ed. I had no idea what a Manual was until I was 17, and had I been dropped into a situation requiring me to drive a manual home, I’d be screwed until I was 19 (When I started driving a Volkswagen).
It should just be a matter of training, but alas, I realize I’m in the minority in a world of DSGs and CVTs and an all around ignorance in people of how their cars work. (The number of friends I’ve driven with and their reaction when I downshift an automatic down a hill is staggering.)
I saw this article on Fark.com and it truly makes me sad. Here’s the link to the story – http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/two-would-be-carjackers-in-st-petersburg-foiled-by-cars-stick-shift/1204496 -, but the gist is that automatics are so prevelant now, and manuals are so foreign to so many people, that they’re an anti-theft device.
It’s difficult to put into words, but what the crap? Really?