Many, many years ago my DH and I were at a party with my work colleagues. One of them became extremely inebriated. Since she lived relatively close to us, we volunteered to drive her home, but she insisted that she had to drive her car home. We said one of us would drive her until we discovered it was a stickshift, which neither of us knew how to drive. So we followed her home (should have insisted on taking her home and picking up the car later, but we were young and she was a supervisor...).
She was doing pretty well driving herself until we reached the place where the two lane country highway became a four-lane divided highway. You guessed it, she immediately drove onto the wrong side of the road. It was extremely fortunate that it was about 2 am and traffic was very light. We drove alongside her in the correct lane, honking and flashing our lights for all we were worth until, at the next opportunity, she moved over into the right lane. It scared years off our lives, and we weren't that old to begin with!
We decided right then that we'd learn to drive a stickshift as soon as possible. It was a year or so later, when we were in the market for a second car, that we decided to buy one with a manual transmission. Learning to drive it was very interesting. The salesman taught DH just enough to enable him to drive the car home. He then left it with me, with a quick explanation of how to change gears, and told me to practice while he went to work for a little while. I drove the car around the neighborhood for almost half an hour before I remembered that I needed to depress the clutch when I changed gears. When I told DH what I'd done, I thought he was going to faint.
When that car was ready for the junkyard, we bought a car with an automatic transmission to replace it. However, not long before our sons reached driving age, we bought another stickshift so that they could learn how to drive one. They loved the car and one son still owns a stickshift himself. It's been a number of years since I've driven one, but I think could pick it up again pretty easily.