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I disagree with this somewhat. I learned to drive on a manual transmission and caused my first accident just last year (about 12 years after learning to drive).
Consider that using a gearshift requires a second hand, which can help prevent "multi-tasking" while driving (like using a cell phone, eating, drinking, smoking, applying makeup, to name a few). I personally think it requires more attention, which makes driving safer.

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It also makes it much less likely that someone other than your child drives the car.

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Unless your teenager is the didactic sort and ends up operating a sort of mini-driving school on driving a manual transmission. :-)

I picked up my mother's car at the shop for her one day. She said, "How did you get both cars home?" I said, "Oh, <my best friend in high school> drove my car home." "How did <best friend> learn to drive a manual?" "Oh, I taught her." <thud as my mom falls over in fear and shock>


--Booa (taught many many people to drive a stick, including DH--at least I'd been driving more than six months when I taught him)
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