Morgan Nelson, staff reporter

Driving like many other things are a right of passage and it is essential even as times change. When cars were first invented, there was only one type of car: a manual, also known as a standard. This is a car in which you have to shift gears manually.

Standards were the only thing to learn back then, until the 1940’s when a brand of American automobiles known as Oldsmobile created the first ever automatic car. It is a car that shifts for automatically for you. Many people were glad to not have to learn to drive a standard, but it’s still important skill to learn. Learning to drive a standard can ensure that wherever you are and whatever situation you are in, you will be able to drive. For example, you might need a rental vehicle but the companies only have standards. If you didn’t know how to drive a standard than you would be stuck.

In one’s opinion, driving a standard is actually better for the brain and can be a lot of fun. It can help with brain function because you’re using a lot of different parts and actions all together, giving your brain an exercise. Driving a standard can be fun, for example, if you want to imagine that you are on any of the Fast and Furious movies. Maybe you could turn driving into a career by racing professionally, maybe with drag racing on the side as a hobby since  standards are usually the type of vehicles driven when pursuing these types of careers and or hobbies.