Vehicles with manual transmissions have been on the decline in America for nearly 70 years now. As such, rowing through your own gears is becoming a lost art, according to Car Talk radio hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi. Even so, the Tappet Brothers think it's an important skill to learn, as manually driven cars traditionally have been the more fuel efficient and inexpensive models to own (not true so much with today's new cars, though). But you never know when you'll need the skill in a pinch.
What do you think? Would you learn, or recommend that someone learn, to use a stick shift if the resource were available?
Stick Figures: The Last Days of the Manual Transmission (Car Talk)
Changing gears: Is knowing how to drive stick in America still essential? (CNN)
Manual Transmissions Fading Out of Midsize Sedan Lineups