So many commenters are suffering dislocated shoulders and tweeked backs patting themselves on the back for driving a car with a manual transmission.
The argument that bothers me the most is the "It's safer because I can choose what gear is best during an emergency maneuver." Seriously? You think that you'll be able to execute a shift(s) and escape faster than stomping on a pedal and letting the car pick? Think what you want but that is just an inflated sense of your own skill level talking.