When I first learned to drive, all our cars were automatics - and so that's all I learned to drive. This never posed an issue to me until I married Rosalie who owns a manual. She tried to teach me, and I managed - kind of. It wasn't until I had a chat with my uncle-in-law, who's a mechanic, that it "clicked" with me. This is because he explained to me basically how the gear-change system works, which meant I now had a picture in my head of what was going on "under the hood" when I pushed the clutch in - it didn't take long before I was smoothly changing gears and not making my passengers lurch forward and back like someone on a bucking bull.