You can spot cars with automatic transmissions as you drive on any road. The drivers step on the brakes for random cosmic events. If they see a fuzz, they step on the brakes. If they see a car pull up to a side street, they step on the brakes. If they come to an intersection, they step on the brakes. If they see a crow, they step on the brakes.
The repeated brake lights warn all stick shift drivers that a totally incompetent "driver" is operating the car.
An automotive transmission for people who do NOT know how to drive.
An automatic transmission is like training wheels on a bike. When you learn how to ride a bike, you lose the training wheels. When you learn how to drive a car, you take the automatic rental back and get a REAL car with a stick shift.
Don't blame you, Simon. Say, maybe your daughter can teach him how to drive a stick shift like a real man.
Great idea, Hector! She likes the kid but won't go out with a wimp to save her life!