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Should I learn to drive a stick shift? I work in the automotive industry and confessing that I don' know how to drive stick has raised more than a few eyebrows among my enthusiasts peers. None of our cars have stick. My SO would be willing to learn but I'm concerned about some our our regular long drives into SLOW-moving LA traffic.

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Patty Streeter,  at AskPatty.com Joel, I can drive a manual or automatic transmission. In traffic you have to work harder but have equal control once you master the technique. The big advantages for me are the ability to drive some of the sports cars that manual shifting gives you a racier feeling experience and I travel quite a bit and can rent any car not just an automatic. As an auto geek, I think it would be well worth the effort to learn. It's actually a fun experience to drive a stick once you get the hang of it. Here is a great link to how to drive a stick with a video: http://www.standardshift.com/faq.html

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