Getting behind the wheel for the first time can be unnerving for students and parents.

Before you get behind the wheel, there’s the great debate: which is easier, automatic or stick?

A drivers’ ed teacher told Fox 15 automatic is easier for beginners. We’re told dealing with extra moments in traffic can be tricky.

A seasoned driver who learned stick shift first agrees.

“Automatics because it’s convenience. I learned how to drive a manual four-speed. Stick shift was cool!” Mike Laubach said.

We want to know what you prefer — manual or automatic? Let us know on our Fox 15 Facebook page!