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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.


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


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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