The automatic vs manual debate is one that has been waging for a long time in the auto industry. Over time, it seems that perception has shifted and it now looks like automatic will become the norm due to the introduction of electric cars. According to a new study from Dayinsure, three in ten (39%) current learners plan to take their test in an automatic car, resulting in automatic-only license holders having increased by 25% over the past 2 years. This post will take a closer look at both manual and automatic transmission including both the benefits and drawbacks so that you can make the right decision for you.
What’s The Difference?
First, it is important to understand the difference between manual and automatic. Cars with manual transmission involve using a clutch to select the gear for your car to drive in and connect to the engine, which means that you have to manually change the gear of the car. An automatic, meanwhile, selects the gears for you automatically so that you do not have to use the clutch.
Manual cars are seen as more authentic and many motorists will always prefer to drive this type of car for the experience. There are benefits to driving a manual car, including greater control over the vehicle and a more exciting driving experience. Additionally, you might get better gas mileage depending on how you drive and you are less likely to be distracted while driving. Being able to drive manual is also valuable as it means that you can drive any car (those that learned in an automatic can only drive automatic).
In terms of drawbacks, driving a manual car is more challenging and will require greater concentration. It can also be frustrating when you are stuck in traffic with constant stopping and starting.
The most obvious benefit of driving an automatic is that it is a lot easier than driving manual as you do not have to worry about changing gears. Driving in traffic can be a lot less stressful and it is much harder to stall in this type of car.
In terms of drawbacks, you will find that it can be limiting as if you pass your test in an automatic, you will only be licensed to drive this type of car. Despite this, they are becoming the norm due to electric car adoption and around 3 in 10 learners are planning to take their test in an electric. However, the average pass rate is 39% for automatic learners and 47% for manual learners. Automatic cars are also more expensive and some will find the driving experience less enjoyable.
The information in this post will hopefully help you to determine whether manual or automatic transmission is best for you. Manual is always seen as the more traditional and authentic way to drive, but times are changing and automatic is becoming a lot more popular.