Also IMHO people are getting to lazy to drive they want an automatic transmission and all the bells and whistles to leave the car do every thing for them also since they moved the light dimmer switch from the floor to the steering wheel what do they do with the let foot?
My car is an automatic because it’s a commuter car. I don’t want to drive in rush hour traffic with a manual, a total PITA. I like manual transmissions, and if I buy a fun car for retirement, it may hve a manual transmission.
As for my left foot, I used to change radio channels in my Mom’s Cadillac Series 62 and position it just right to feel the thump under the floor when I floored it. Total beast, as I’ve said before. Floaty over 70, but got there quickly. Now I keep time to the music with my left foot. That’s a lot better than the pain that stop and go driving gave me, even in my 30s. Commuting in DC traffic is bad enough without adding a clutch.
A few months after I bought my stick-shift Citation, my work required me to drive into Manhattan once or twice every week. Having to drive a stick-shift in the traffic crawl going into the city–as well as throughout the city–made driving a total PITA and a pain in the leg, and just a complete annoyance in general. I endured that stick-shift for as long as I could, and have been driving automatics ever since.
That does not describe me at all, and I doubt that your generalization applies to most other–older–automatic drivers as well. The younger folks may well be glued to their screens or phones, but a great many of them don’t even know how to drive a stick-shift.
Agree with that but in my area there are a few older folks that I see with their phone always in their hand either in the store or where ever. am not trying to disrespect any one for whatever they choose to drive.
Agree with that I have had to change a few of them out over the years but not from salty slush as I live in the south but I don’t care how clean you try to be dirt and moisture will get under the carpet and floor mat for it to rust out.
My car, truck, and motorcycles are all manual transmissions. Since I got my driver’s license in 1971 all my vehicles have been manual transmission with the exception of an Oldsmobile I inherited and drove for a couple months. For stop and go city driving I agree that an automatic is the way to go but I live in a rural area prefer the simplicity of a manual. Some will say “Oh, but you have to replace clutches every few years” but I’ve never had to replace a clutch, even on the pickup I bought new in 1993 which now has over 300,000 miles.