Should I buy a stick shift?

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata.
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. –Mazda

What are your thoughts about stick shifts? Would you own one?

Q. I like driving a manual shift car and want my next car to be a stick shift. However, my husband doesn’t know how to drive a car with a clutch and dislikes the idea of it. What are your thoughts about stick shifts? Would you own one?

A. I think everyone should know how to drive a stick shift; it would certainly cut down on distractions like texting while driving. There are very few things that I enjoy more than driving a car with a manual transmission, but for most people, automatic transmissions are usually the best choice. Perhaps as a compromise, your next car could be an automatic transmission with a manual mode, or you could buy a used Mazda Miata for a “fun” car.

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John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years of experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. Email your car question to jpaul@aaanortheast.com.