WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AUTOMATIC AND MANUAL TRANSMISSION

autoThe obvious differences between an automatic transmission and a manual transmission (also known as “standard shift”) are visibly seen from inside the car. Below are other signs to look out for, to know why people still like to drive manual transmission cars.

  1. MODE OF OPERATION – AUTOMATIC

An automatic transmission changer has 5 or 6 gearbox positions, but people mostly use only 3: the Park, Reverse and Drive. The L and 1,2 settings stands for the lower gears than Drive. This should be used when going down steep hills and slippery icy roads, to slow the car more effectively than with brakes alone. You can engage any of these low gears without braking.

  1. MODE OF OPERATION – MANUAL

To change gears in a manual / standard transmission, you need to engage the small pedal on the far left that is called the clutch. This gets the gears released  long enough to enable you to move the gearshift to the desired position. Drivers quickly learn to shift by touch alone.

MANUAL TRANSMISSION MERITS

Reduced brake wear, drive train longevity and better fuel economy are found to be the advantages of the manual transmission. Years of research confirms these claims, when the car is handled by a skilled driver.

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION MERITS

Thus  far, the automatic transmission can perform smoother, faster gear changes in diesel engines equipped with turbochargers than a similar engine with a manual transmission.