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Manual VS Automatic! What’s the Best Transmission for You?

Just about every car enthusiast knows the difference between an automatic and a manual car transmission. But, just in case you’re one of those people that are still unsure, here are the basic differences.

A manual transmission means that you have full control with your gears, and with an automatic, you’re limiting you choice between two components: the brake and the gas pedal. While in manual mode, you have a great deal more control when maneuvering your vehicle up steep hills or around long winding curves.

The automatic transmission allows you to breeze through traffic with relative ease, and, if you’re just learning to drive, the lack of shifting gears makes the whole adventure easier. On the other hand, the automatic transmission may cost you more out-of-pocket gas money if there are repairs that come do. Manual transmissions historically need less attention than automatic transmissions, and this translated to more money in the bank for you at year’s end.

For the forward thinking individual, the “manumatic” transmission could be a viable solution! This is an automatic transmission that has a number of manual-transmission features. Chrysler luxury cars come equipped with this type of transmission. It gives the driver more control in shifting gears.

In the end, it comes down to your own personal lifestyle, and your choice should not be a matter of the pros and cons of either type of transmission. If you’re looking for power and maximum performance, manual is the way to go. If you like the idea of minimizing your movements while driving, then the automatic is definitely the way to go.

For the car buff that enjoys working on cars, no matter what type of transmission they have, WyoTech automotive tech school training can help put you in the driver’s seat when it comes to realizing your career goals.

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