The manual transmission option for years was a no-brainer choice. They cost less, were more fuel efficient, cheaper to repair and faster than automatics. Now things are changing. Automatics are starting to speed up their changes, gain some gears and are beating out the sticks in the fuel efficiency as well. Dual-clutch transmissions are phasing out manuals in the sports car world as well because of their faster shifts and automatic down shifts that don't require heel-toe shifting.
It is about time someone did something about it.
Thankfully, Car and Driver has come to the rescue with their "Save the Manuals!" campaign. Watch this video for a hilarious introduction to the movement:
They really are serious about this movement. On the movement's website there are a number of things listed for you to do to support their campaign. This includes joining them on Facebook, writing your local congressman and teaching anyone you know how to drive stick.
Why all this enthusiasm for a technology that is almost dead? Besides it being much more fun, the big reason is a matter of distracted driving. Having three pedals and a gear lever means there is more for the driver to do. This means their hands aren't free all the time preventing them from gabbing on the cellphone, eating food or just not paying attention at all.
We, and by we I mean Generation Y, are the most important members of this movement, because we are the future car buyers. Without the manual to satisfy our needs, how can car makes earn our business? Save the manual, forget the automatic.