This is the one everyone wants to hear. This is the first of the top five reasons to own a stick shift car. It is definitely true that when a manual car is driven properly, it can save some gas. Automatic transmission vehicles these day are built better than they were before, so the difference in gas mileage isn’t that drastic anymore. Be careful though. Over revving and aggressive driving can actually end up making you waste more gas!
Lets face it. Automatic transmissions are more complex and newer technology. To rebuild an automatic transmission that’s due for maintenance can cost up to $2,000.00. A new clutch on the other hand will cost anywhere from $600.00 to $1,200.00. Manual cars also need their brakes changed less on average. A good clutch with efficient driving can last more than 10 years!
It’s popular knowledge that manual transmission vehicles have better overall control than automatic cars. This is due because the driver has the options to downshift, shift early, shift late, rev match, etc. With all these options at the drivers disposal, most drivers incorporate their unique personalities into their cars options for maximum control.
About 95% of the world drives stick shift. Knowing how to drive manual can save a lot of money and headaches when traveling. Think about it, why would the rest of the world prefer manual? Hint: It isn’t because they’re lacking in technology.
Driving stick shift is fun. Driving automatic can be repetitious and boring, but in a manual car, a whole world of opportunities opens up. I’m not talking about racing or being reckless. Having new options open up to you, options that can maximize performance of the car leaves you developing your own driving style!