Is it better to drive a vehicle with an automatic or manual transmission?

Manual transmission in the 2017 Ford Mustang

Should you learn how to drive stick? 

Knowing how to drive a car with a manual transmission is going the way of kneading your own bread or churning your own butter. Most vehicles have an automatic transmission as standard, but there are plenty of vehicles that still have standard or available stick shifts.  

Most of the information on why you should drive a vehicle with a manual transmission boils down to “it’s fun” or “you’ll be proud you learned how to do it.” If you’re looking for a reasoning that isn’t based on emotions, there are plenty of other benefits to driving stick. One of the main benefits that cars with manual transmissions get better fuel economy. Of course, that varies, so be sure to do your research before jumping straight into a manual vehicle.  

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Learning how to drive a vehicle with a manual transmission 

2017 Ford Fusion Shifter

There are some who say that driving a vehicle with a stick shift is good for new drivers. The driver is more in control of the vehicle since they are controlling how much power being released. There is also an argument that having to focus on shifting and not stalling means that a new or young driver won’t be as tempted to text and drive or partake in other distractions. Of course, it is more difficult to learn how to drive a car with manual transmission, but it can be a skill that pays off.  

A manual transmission may also be less expensive than an automatic transmission, and can even have fewer upkeep costs in the long run. Your vehicle might also be less likely to be targeted by a car thief since most people don’t know how to drive stick. While there is no definitive research backing this up, it is likely that your acquaintances won’t want to borrow your car if it has a manual transmission.  

Whether you already know how to drive a stick shift, or you are going to learn how to, stop by Sanders Ford to take a look at our inventory. There are plenty of options for those looking for a vehicle with a manual transmission. 

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