Standard versus Automatic – Which Car Should You Drive? Check out Insurance Hunter today for more information on standard and automatic cars and car insurance! The standard versus automatic transmission debate is nothing new. Many people make the case for both, but since automatic cars hit the market, more and more people have flocked to them, especially in North America. While both options are widely available for almost any make and model of vehicle, fewer and fewer are opting for a standard transmission, let alone learning how to drive a manual car. When weighing the two options, there are a few things that a driver needs to consider. The first thing that people should consider is price and insurance. In a general sense, you can often save money on both if you opt for the manual transmission. However, where you live and the weather conditions also play a large role. Driving a manual vehicle during the winter is no fun. This is perhaps why we see so many people driving automatic cars in this area. So, think about the price, insurance costs, as well as the driving conditions before making a decision. Pros of Automatic Cars People have made the shift to automatic transmissions because of the benefits it offers drivers. The pros include: Easier to drive: Automatic cars are easier to drive. Drivers can simply get in the car; focus on the road, and go. It’s that simple. Better for beginner drivers: Automatic cars are often better for new drivers because they are easier to drive. There is less to think about and it is easier for people to get comfortable when behind the wheel. Less energy to drive: Automatic cars take less energy to drive. There is no need to shift gears or press the clutch. Just put it in drive and go. Resale: Automatic cars are easier to sell down the road because there is more of a market for them. Pros of Standard Cars When compared to automatic cars, there are a number of pros to choosing a manual transmission. They are as follows: More fun to drive: Manual cars are widely known to be more fun to drive. Pressing the clutch and shift up into gear and giving the car a burst of speed and power is something that is definitely missing from automatic cars. Better fuel efficiency: Standard cars have better fuel efficiency when compared to automatic cars. In this sense, this should save drivers some money over the course of owning the vehicle. More control: People that drive standard cars feel like they have more control over the car when they are on the road. Cost: When comparing the same make and model of car, opting for the manual transmission option will save you money off the price of the vehicle. Even though that it appears on paper that manual transmissions are a better option for drivers, for some reason, drivers in North America continue to opt for automatic vehicles. This situation points to the fact that people want driving to be as easy of an experience as possible, especially when the weather is not favorable. Either way, make sure you weigh both options before choosing your next vehicle.
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