Quiz: Do You Know How to Drive a Manual?
Do You Know How to Drive a Manual?
By: Deborah Beckwin
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About This Quiz

For the first half of the 20th century, if you drove a car in the United States, it was with a manual transmission, where you manually changed the gears of a car with a stick shift. The first creations of modern manual transmission car came from France in the late 18th century. Manual transmission cars were the default until 1938, when U.S. carmaker General Motors introduced the Hydramatic transmission in their Oldsmobile and Cadillac cars, making the first manufactured automatic transmission. This transmission was used in other vehicles as well, including Bentley and Rolls-Royce. A decade later, GM introduced the Dynaflow transmission in their Buicks.

Gearheads have always enjoyed manual transmissions, because they give more control of the car's acceleration and can be (mis)used to make the car burn rubber and pull other unwise stunts.

Over time, manual transmission cars grew less popular, so much so that by the mid-1980s, just over 20 percent of cars sold in America had manual transmissions. Now, it's less than 5 percent of cars sold. But overseas in Europe, manual transmission cars are still favored. So are you one of the few who knows how to drive stick? Then let's see what you've got on this quiz! Good luck and we hope you don't stall out!

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