Shift Happens, one way or another

Shift Happens, one way or another

Shift happens, one way or another. The automobile comes in many shapes and sizes. But the color of a car or how many cup holders it has usually isn’t the determining factor when purchasing a new car. One of the most important choices to be made would be whether or not to get a car with an automatic transmission or a manual transmission. The advantages and disadvantages of owning a vehicle with either type of transmission varies from one driver to the next.

Loyal automatic transmission drivers are convinced that manuals re difficult to learn to drive because of an extra pedal called the clutch. While on the other hand an experienced manual transmission driver would view automatics as simple machines that require very little skill to operate. Many drivers out there prefer the automatic transmission because learning to use and operate one is very easy. They have a steering wheel, a shifter, a parking brake, and two foot pedals for the gas and brakes.

With the shifter in the park position starting an automatic vehicle is as simple as turning the key. Once that is done the operator puts the shifter into the drive position and gives a push on the gas pedal with the right foot. The operator only has to use the shifter once to get the car going, and to stop the operator simply eases their right foot down on the brake pedal. Many parent’s would agree that this kind of vehicle is ideal for teaching teenagers how to drive for the first time. They spend less time worrying about the car itself and more time focused on the road.

For someone learning to drive for the first time the automatic transmission makes this task a breeze. Manual transmissions on the other hand are very different. Manuals also have a steering wheel, park brake, and shifter but instead having of two foot pedals manuals have three. Manual transmissions require more physical and mental work from the operator to get the vehicle moving. Just turning the car on has more steps then an automatic car. To start a manual car the driver first makes sure that the shifter is in the neutral position.

Once this is determined the driver will then push the clutch down with their left foot and turn the key. A manual transmission has to be physically put into gear by the driver using the clutch and the shifter; where as an automatic transmission goes this on its own. Pressing down on the clutch with the left foot then moving the shifter into the first gear position with the right hand, the driver gradually lets off of the clutch while at the same time slowly pressing down on the gas pedal with the right foot.

This will make the car move forward and as the revolutions per minute (RPM) reach their peak for first gear, the driver repeats the last step ending with the smelter In ten next consecutive gear. I en earlier teen repeats tons step until a asleep traveling speed has been achieved. To come to a stop the driver first has to signage the transmission by pushing the clutch down and returning the shifter to the neutral position, only then can the driver press down on the brake with their right foot to bring the car to a complete stop.

Compared to an automatic transmission the manual transmission is far more complex, yet most don’t know that cars with manual transmissions get slightly better gas mileage than automatic vehicles. A manual vehicle unlike an automatic vehicle takes a lot of physical activity to operate but it also demands significant mental activity as well. Operating a car with a manual transmission requires the undivided attention of he driver. Using both hands and feet to operate the steering wheel, the shifter, and three foot pedals keeps the driver focused on the car, the road, and the other drivers.

Manual car drivers would even argue they gain sharper reflexes from exercising their hand eye coordination on a daily basis. Almost making manual vehicle drivers more in tune with what is going on around them. This is one reason why automatic vehicle owners see the manual transmission as intimidating. With a manual vehicle the driver has little room for any distractions where as automatic vehicles need less hysterical movement and concentration. Eating, testing, talking on the phone, putting on makeup, even changing the radio station is problematic when driving a manual car safely and effectively.

Operating an automatic vehicle requires little shifting and has no clutch but it inadvertently subjects the driver to possible distractions like the ones Just mentioned. Yet they make driving possible for people with certain physical disabilities by having that simple operating system. A manual transmission is not as accommodating. If you drive an automatic car think about learning to drive a car with a manual if Seibel Just see what it is like. It may seem difficult or annoying but you will never take the car you do have for granted.

If you happened to be a seasoned manual car driver Just think about being stuck in rush hour traffic and all that shifting you have to do and never going faster than twenty miles an hour. Each transmission type demands a certain amount of respect because they both have qualities that millions of people all over the world enjoy. Whatever you prefer manual or automatic Just remember to love your car have fun and above all be safe for yourself and all your fellow drivers.