Jr. Exact that most people can't drive a stick is a nice side benefit, but not the reason I prefer manual transmissions. I did loan my civic to a trusted friend when she was in a bind, and she did get into an accident, but it wasn't her fault and I was more concerned that she was okay. She got hit by a car that was hit by a red light runner and the cat that got hit first slammed into her while she was sitting at a red light. That could have just as easily been me, and there was nothing she could have done to prevent it.