Demera, on 26 November 2019 - 11:47 AM, said:
I should mention from my own observation, I think learning to drive a manual does affect your driving skill. I had an ex who learned to drive in an auto, and his driving was terrible, especially around braking late and braking while turning. I taught him to drive a manual and it made a big difference to how he approached an intersection as he had to assess his speed and select a gear before making the turn. He became a much safer driver due to that awareness.
This is something we've spoken about a lot over the years that almost every auto only driver we know drives similarly (all would argue they are incredibly safe and good drivers). It's like there's just an element of learning that is missed because it isn't needed.
DH's driving also improved dramatically on that front after getting a manual. He didn't think there was a difference in his driving but as a passenger, there was a marked difference.