I’m a college student in Tallahassee FL. In my 4 years of driving, I have driven stick shifts most of the time.
I believe I’m one of the few people who find automatic transmissions extremely difficult to drive. When I’m in my car, I have full control of the vehicle. I can determine exactly when I downshift to climb a hill. I can modify the shifting characteristics at will. I can even crank the car with a dead battery by my self.
Driving automatics, on the other hand, makes me extremely nervous. Specifically driving my fathers car (A jeep Cherokee with a straight 6. it’s a light vehicle with lots of low end torque), I feel like I can barely control the vehicle. When I press the gas to pass, I am never quite sure whether it will gently accelerate, staying in the highest gear, or shift down with no warning and blast forward. When I sit at a stop light, I have to maintain hard pressure on the brake because in drive, the engine is straining against me.
What about all of y’all… what kind of transmission makes you the most comfortable?