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Remember your 16th birthday? When you finally got the right to get behind the wheel of a car? For most us, getting your driver’s license is a truly unforgettable feeling. The majority of states in the US have set the driving age to 16, but in some states they make you wait another year until you’re 17. And the process of going from a learner’s permit to a full-fledged driving license has so many differences between states that it’ll make your head spin. But whether you think that the driving age should be raised or should stay where it is, it’s worth understanding why the legal driving age is what it is today.

We here at Ideal think that the slow death of the stick shift is an absolute SHAME! And we’re going tell you why in this article. If you don’t know how to drive manual, hopefully this will inspire you to learn, because there are some serious upsides to shifting with a stick.