Thats bullshit. a majority of cars over here are manual transmission and people STILL manage to fiddle with the radio, talk on a cell phone and text with a cell phone, read the paper, do their make up etc etc etc.
You've got some talented people in England then. American's are just stupid at pretty much everything. I know I don't want to drive and change my gears while on the phone since you know, I like to live.