automatics are terrible and killing real motoring.
It's them terrible electric cars that are killing real motoring now!
I am a motoring enthusiast and still love driving. A few years ago I would have agreed having owned several Golf GTIs. Two Golfs ago I changed to an automatic with the DSG gear box and as far as I am concerned that improved my driving experience.
I now have the best of both worlds, I believe, having bought a Golf GTE petrol/hybrid. It also has a DSG gearbox, a 1.4 petrol engine and an electric motor. Driving locally the car is always in electric mode and over long distances it is in petrol mode. In the event that I want some sporty driving I can use both the petrol and electric motor together and have the performance of a GTI.
Menzie, if traffic is holding you up to that extent, have you considered cycling or using public transport?
Whirlinground - I would like to cycle to work, sadly part of my journey is on the motorway so I cannot. Motorcycles and bicycles are only usable for a portion of the year anyway. We can get several feet of snow as early as mid-September.
Public transport is not great, that is the main reason the roads are filled with cars. The buses in this town run every 30mins to an hour and some cut service completely at 6pm. Some don't go the full route after 6pm too. Using the bus, the 20 mins it would take me when clear takes an hour. There are no bus lanes so the buses also sit in the traffic mostly. They can cut ahead by going straight using turning lanes but no dedicated lanes are here.
My oldest and favourite, used every day are 2 small radios - one bought for £10 over 30 years ago when I worked in Holland- battery lasts forever and it has FM and long wave ( could get Radio 4 in Holland) , and a very small pocket fm radio used with cans on which I listen to Radio 4 - a channel that , if there were no TV , I would be happy with. I used to have a good, small, short wave Radio when I traveled more and could pick up BBC Overseas In places like Karachi, Kuala Lumpur etc