Benefits of manual car driving
With the way technology is going, it’s inevitable that more people are choosing to drive automatic cars than taking the time to learn about manual car driving. While it certainly is more convenient and it requires little effort, learning about (and how to drive) a manual car is an important life skill.
If you are going to be spending your time on the roads, travelling long distances, it’s crucial that you understand how a vehicle works in the event that something happens to your car on the road. There are also a number of benefits to manual car driving. They include the following:
Less maintenance required
Manual vehicles require less maintenance services on issues such as fluid and filter changes. Of course, this depends on the type of vehicle you drive, how you drive it and how often you drive. An automatic vehicle has a torque converter which makes the fluid operating temperature higher. This degrades the fluid faster than a manual car, meaning you will need to service your car more often. Another important tip to consider is that manual vehicles are far less complicated. They are easy to use and easy to fix. Because automatic vehicles are more complex in electronics, you are bound to sit without a car for quite some time if your automatic vehicle becomes faulty or needs new parts.
You’re in control in a manual
Manual car driving allows you to have more control over your vehicle and how you drive it. If you’re sitting in traffic and need to come to a standstill, you can slow down your vehicle by shifting your gears down. With an automatic, you do not have this control. Your braking time is less, as you don’t have the torque converter slowing you down. This contributes to its safety, simply because you are always hands-on and focused on changing gears according to what is happening on the roads.
More affordable to your pocket
Believe it or not, manual car driving is more affordable. If you’re working with a budget, you can always cut costs on an automatic car and spend it on adding features to your vehicle. Even if the initial upfront cost of a modern car is on par with an automatic, you will still save on regular services.
It’s fun to drive
Depending on the type of vehicle you drive, and how adventurous you are with your driving abilities, you can always count on a manual vehicle to have fun with. You’re focused on the road, and on your vehicle, without simply driving to get from A to B. It’s a more engaging driving experience, and the more you drive, the more you will learn about your vehicle and the mechanics of how it works.
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