[LMB] OT: Parallel parking

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Sun Dec 19 20:41:11 GMT 2021

On Sun, 19 Dec 2021 08:01:03 -0700, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net>

>> On Dec 19, 2021, at 7:02 AM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk> wrote:
>> In 2020, for the first time ever, autos outsold manual vehicles in new
>> sales.  Despite which, almost everyone here can "drive stick", because
>> (a) that's how the vast majority of people learn;
>> (b) if you pass your test in an auto, that's all you're licensed to
>> drive - to switch to manual, you'd have to retake it;¹
>That seems odd to me.   The driving test should be to make sure the licensed driver is safe on the road.   I don’t see it as being dangerous for someone used to driving an automatic car to drive a car with a manual transmission.

If you've never demonstrated that you can use the gears correctly,
without stalling in traffic etc, you're not deemed to be safe on the
road - which is rather odd, since (AFAIK) we don't enforce the same
rules on someone with a foreign licence hiring a car.

As I said, I expect this to change as technology changes.
"It is preferential to refrain from the utilization of sesquipedalian verbiage
in the circumstance that your intellectualization can be expressed using
comparatively simplistic lexicological entities."  --Jeff Mandel

More information about the Lois-Bujold mailing list