I’m not sure exactly why I decided to come out of automatic mode. Perhaps it was the fond memories of my Fiat Spider. Quite possibly it was that I’d grown tired of being pushed around by bigger, more powerful vehicles while driving my fully automatic gutless Civic. I suppose it was a little of both.
As with anything you do, there is a bit of complacency that goes with letting the machine take the wheel so to speak. I felt that it was time to take back control — even if it meant a little more work on my part. Still, when I’m in the long lineup of cars waiting to drop off our car full of students at the high school, my clutch leg screaming, I wonder if I really made the right decision. And so far…the answer is still YES!