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quote: I disagree in cases where the driver is not simply distracted by something else. Having a manual transmissions takes focus OFF traffic and on to actually performing a task at the same time. With an automatic it allows the ability to focus more on what is happening around you than worrying about when you need to shift.
quote: Those that are "newbs" at manual transmission are certainly going to be distracted the first number of times driving because it requires them to be far more engaged on how to operate the vehicle than to pay attention to what's happening around them.
quote: What i mean is if the entire experience becomes completely transparent, then it's no different from driving with an automatic transmission. You either let the car do it for you, or you just do it enough that it's reflex. The net result is you have just as much attention to pay to the road as you do driving an automatic. I see no gain there. (And I'm not referring to the technical benefits of the transmission itself)
quote: I was simply stating that to an unskilled driver, it does require thought and thus not all of their attention is always put on the road, whereas with an automatic this is never the problem, because you can devote your entire attention to what is around you. Once you learn to drive a manual transmission well enough, there is no longer a gap between the two, but manual at that point provides no extra benefit as other posters have tried to claim.
quote: They are reading my post and immediately assuming that my point is that manual is harder to drive and is a distraction. I am trying to state that once the initial (very small) learning curve of driving a manual transmission vehicle becomes second nature to the operator, the distinction between driving a manual versus driving an automatic no longer exists.
quote: Whether or not a person who drives a manual vehicle is more inclined to be more engaged in the driving experience is completely beside the point I'm trying to make.