The differences between people who can and can't drive a stick

Illustration for article titled The differences between people who can and can't drive a stick

The latest infoporn from delves into the site's proprietary user data system to uncover the characteristics of people who can drive cars with a stick shift vs. those who can't.

The graphic, designed by Column Five Media, shows people who visit apparently know how to drive a stick shift more than the average American driver. Or at least they say they're able to drive a stick.

Either way, here's some of the results from the data about people who claim to be able to handle a stick:

• 69% more likely to have a graduate degree.
• 39% more likely to be married or in a long-term relationship.
• 19% more likely to be extroverts.
• 75% have changed a flat tire.
• 14% more likely to be optimists.
• 27% more likely to consider themselves close to nature.
• 22% more likely to hike, bike, or run at the park.
• They watch the Newshour with Jim Lehrer.
• They watch Face the Nation.
• They watch History Channel.
• They like George Carlin
• They read 1984.
• They read National Geographic.
• They like Trivial Pursuit.


So, if more people knew how to drive a stick, the world would be a better place. The numbers don't lie. Even if the respondents probably did.

See the rest of the data by clicking on the infoporn below:

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I can't drive stick.

If, say, I won the lottery today, and wanted to buy a Lotus (or whatever), what would be the best way to learn to drive stick without damaging that Lotus?