manual is the way to go !!! did you know that the first automatiques where invented for hadicapt people it's true tho
nope, not true at all, in fact the first auto tranny cars were offered as a convenience for the average buyer, just like power steering and AC.
In fact the first automatics didn't have shift knobs, they had buttons on the dash to select reverse, neutral, drive, 1st and 2nd gear. It was way cool (I've seen a couple old cars with this, it was a slick idea!) Problem is, a lot of people went to hit the preset buttons on their radio back then, and the gear selector's buttons looked a LOT like the radio buttons, and they were also placed just above the radio. wouldn't you know it, some poor schmuck would go to change the rtadio station and accidentally press reverse, next thing you know, the person steps on the gas when the light would turn green, and end up smashing the guy behind him. very funny, and yes, very true.
since then, the gear selector has either been a lever in the center console or on the steering column.