Manual vs. Automatic

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Manual vs. Automatic

Kristopher Miller and Jesus Lozano

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Do you know how to drive a manual transmission car? Many kids these days do not know how to drive a manual transmission. I know how to drive a manual transmission car because my dad’s car is a manual. I know growing up both of my parents grew up driving manual, so both of my parents know how to drive manual transmission cars. But which one is better for a high schooler in this day and age?

Automatic will always be the best, for sure, because of how easy and reliable it is to drive. It is good for beginners because they don’t have to worry about shifting gears and matching the clutch to the stick.  All they have to do is press the gas pedal and hold the steering wheel properly. Also, you don’t have to worry about stalling out and missing gears. Automatics get better gas mileage as well.

Manuals, on the other hand, are for people that want to have more fun and more control over their vehicle. Manual transmissions are somewhat theft proof because some car thieves don’t know how to drive stick. Manual cars also cost less than automatics and the transmission is less to repair than an automatic. Also, when you have a manual transmission car you feel like you are a racecar driver and it is just more fun to drive overall. 

Overall, for high schoolers, automatics are the better option. They’re more reliable concerning gas, ride smoothness, and are just easier to drive in general.