Originally Posted by jonathan7
As for automatic vs manual (stick shift) - in the UK, if learn to drive a manual you can drive either, but if you just learn and do the test in an automatic, you are only allowed to drive automatics. Personally I prefer manuals as they give you more control of the car...
In the U.S. whether you use an automatic or manual car during the final driving test, the license allows you to drive both. Motorcycles and transport type trucks have special licenses however.