manual > auto.
100% attention on the road, at all times, is the best way to drive. thats how i drive, and i think anyone that doesnt drive like that shouldnt be on the road. most accidents are caused by driver error.
blaming people in my demographic (young drivers) for accidents isnt the solution.
ive been in a crash caused by the driver (note: i wasnt the driver. the driver was in her 40's, ironically around the same generation that puts **** on my generation) not paying attention.
when ive been driving, ive had to evade a few potential accidents that, if i wasnt paying full attention, i probably wouldnt have seen until it was too late.