Always interested in driving a stick shift? According to auto experts, learning to drive with a manual transmission can be fun, but it's also beneficial to drivers who would like to save money on vehicle repairs and fuel.
Driving a stick shift could come in handy if overseas, which consists of areas where a manual transmission is just as common as an automatic transmission is in the United States. Being able to drive a vehicle with a manual transmission is also helpful in the unfortunate circumstance that an auto owner has to put their car in the repair shop and the only loaners available have stick shifts.
According to Edmunds.com, a stick shift vehicle is usually less expensive to repair or maintain than a regular automatic transmission. A manual-shift 2009 Nissan Versa averages 29 miles per gallon and is listed at $9,683, while an automatic transmission version of the vehicle thats the same year costs $10,507 and averages 28 miles per gallon.
Slate Magazine also recently listed the benefits of driving a stick shift, highlighting fuel savings of up to 15 percent for experienced drivers as opposed to drivers of automatic transmission vehicles.
If the transmission of a stick shift car breaks down and is in need of being repaired, the replacement parts and labor might cost the driver an estimated $1,200 to $1,500, while an automatic transmission can cost as much as $3,000.
Driving a manual transmission can also preserve the life of brakes on a vehicle. Using engine breaking, which involves using the engine to slow down the car, lessens the brakes from damages, costing the driver less in the long run if they need to be replaced.
Drivers who have used stick shifts also report that they are in greater control of the vehicle in unfavorable weather conditions, such as when it's snowing or raining. Better control over a vehicle can increase alertness, requiring drivers to pay more attention to the engine and frequent shifting that occurs.
Stick shifts have become more popular lately as a result of auto owners looking to save money on their vehicle and improve their performance on the roads. The number of vehicles that were equipped with manual transmissions increased to 6.5 percent this year, which is close to its highest number that was experienced in 2006 of 7.2 percent.