Learning To Drive: 4 Reason Why Driving Stick Is An Important Skill
Learning how to drive is a vital part of growing up. From the moment you get behind the wheel, you understand both the freedom and the fear involved in controlling a multi-ton vehicle. Depending on the preferences of your parents, you gained experience on one of two types of vehicles: automatic or manual (also known as stick). Though automatic cars have their benefits, here are three reasons why you should learn to drive a stick shift.
Fuel Economy: Automatic cars run themselves. When it comes to sharp turns, straightaways, and long curves, they decide what is best for your vehicle. However, they might not be correct; because a machine is behind the decision-making process, it isn’t uncommon for extra fuel to be spent. By understanding how your engine runs and when it needs to be shifted, you can prevent the wastage of fuel — and money.
Better Control: Manual cars not only control how much fuel you’re using, they manage engine power in general. When driving classes for beginners teach you how to accurately and efficiently control the power running between your engine and your wheels, you are better able to control that mass of metal and electricity in bad weather and other low-traction situations; there’s no waiting for the computer to take over.
The Advantage: Despite what you may think, not all cars are automatic. This may not be a problem currently — after all, you wouldn’t buy a car you couldn’t drive — but it could come up in the future. Whether you have a roommate who wants you to move their car so they don’t get a ticket or you want to make the leap to classic cars, you still need to have the skills to drive them.
When it comes to driving classes for beginners, most get their experience driving manual vehicles; the simplicity allows drivers to exclusively pay attention to the road and how it feels, rather than the complexity of multiple gears and the role they play on the road. That being said, anyone who has gone through beginner driving school should learn the more technical aspect of stick shift; whether you live in the country (where statistically you will drive more miles, around 12,264 annually) or in a bigger city, knowing and understanding both can only help.
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