Every decision we make in life has its pros and cons. Some drivers choose to take their driving test in an automatic car as they think it is easier to drive. Which means they are restricted to only driving an automatic car.

The big question is what are the pros and cons of automatic vs manual cars?

Pros of an Automatic Car

  • Easier to use – an automatic car is a bit like a bumper car (the ones you use at the funfair) minus the joy of bumping another car! There is a gas pedal, clutch and brake pedal and usually a joystick with drive, reverse and park as options. And that’s it. Simple.
  • Easier to use in heavy traffic – You know the feeling when the traffic is stopping and starting literally every second. In a manual car, you have to work more to get your car to stop and start. Which can become tiresome.
  • Say goodbye to stalling – you can only stale in an automatic car if there is a mechanical fault with your car. This isn’t the case with manual cars. (As some of us already know he says blushing)!
  • Better for hilly areas – it’s simply easier to drive an automatic car in hilly areas. Even hill starts are easier in an automatic car. You don’t have to worry about the biting point and getting everything just right. You just put your foot on the gas pedal and off you go.
  • Disability or injury – if you have a disability (depending on what type of disability). It is often easier to drive a manual car. Or if you have an injury depending on the type of injury. Driving an automatic car may be easier. A knee injury on my left knee comes to mind. Driving a manual car was virtually impossible.

Time to have a look at the cons

    • It’s all about the money! – manual cars are cheaper to buy and maintain. You can buy the same model in a manual car as an automatic but the automatic will cost more. Repair costs are also more with an automatic car. Unless it’s the clutch (which is costly to repair) and isn’t in an automatic car.
    • Petrol is more efficient – it’s more cost effective to run a manual car than an automatic. Manual cars have been known to save drivers between 5% and 15% on their fuel costs.
    • In control – you feel more in control of a manual car. Automatic cars choose the best gear. However, sometimes the gear isn’t right and engine power is wasted. Of course, there are exceptions to any rule and the only way to be sure which one is right for you is to go for a test drive. After all, you may need to get from point A to point B, but it’s completely up to you how you make the journey!

Automatic vs Manual difference between

So what’s the main difference between automatic and manual cars?  In a nutshell. Automatic cars are easier to drive. They are more comfortable for the driver. Manual vehicles are cheaper to run. The driver feels more in control of the vehicle.

Automatic vs Manual which is faster

Well, this is really easy to answer. Ferrari and Jaguar no longer offer manual cars. There is a good reason why these high-performance sports (fast) cars are only available in automatic models.

We will leave you to have a think about that. So if a time comes and you need a vehicle recovery service – then give Raf Autos a call for a quote.