I’ve had both over the years and don’t have a preference. If you spend a lot of time in cities, then automatics make life a lot easier. But if you’re constantly going up and down hills then it has to be a manual. Personally, I think cars are a pain in the @rse and I don’t enjoy driving, but in the modern age, if you don’t have access to one then you’re at a serious disadvantage. Therefore driving is a necessary skill, all aspects of which should be taught including the ability to drive manual and automatics.