According to the 2019 TomTom Traffic Index Report, some Indian cities are known for having the worst traffic in the world. Bengaluru was listed as the city with the worst traffic, while Mumbai was placed 4th, Pune was 5th and New Delhi was 8th. Given this, we’re sure there have been times when you’ve been stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic and you’ve wondered whether or not you should trade in your manual car for an automatic one. If this is something that has been on your mind for a while, we’re here to help you better understand the options available. Let’s take a look at the advantages of both types of cars:
Automatic Transmission Advantages
Easier to Use: Since you’re just concerned with two pedals and the steering wheel, instead of three pedals, a gearbox and a steering wheel, automatic cars are definitely easier to master.
Better in Traffic: Using an automatic car in heavy traffic isn’t fun, but it’s definitely less taxing than driving a manual car that requires you to clutch, accelerate, clutch, shift gears and more over and over again.
Prevents Stalling: The best thing about having a car with automatic transmission is that you don’t have to struggle with ensuring you accelerate and release your clutch at the exact right time to stop the car from stalling.
Manual Transmission Advantages
Lighter on the Pocket: There’s a bit of difference in the cost of the cars themselves. When you add to this the fact that manual cars are typically more fuel-efficient than their automatic counterparts, you understand the effect it has on your wallet.
Better Control: With a manual transmission, you’re always in complete control of the car. You choose when and how you want to shift your gears, which is not an option with an automatic vehicle.
More Power: Manual cars tend to have more gears than automatic vehicles, so you can tap into the engine’s full power when you’re driving a manual.
Busting Common Myths
While picking between a manual and automatic car, it’s important that you don’t base your decision on a few common myths that have been perpetuated for several years now:
Myth 1: Manual Cars Are More Fuel Efficient Than Automatic Ones
This may have been the case a few years ago, but since automatic cars are now equipped with additional gears and better transmission systems, this is no longer true. Today, manual and automatic cars offer almost the same fuel efficiency.
Myth 2: Sports Cars Only Have Manual Transmissions
While it’s true that most sports cars come with manual gearboxes, brands like Chevrolet and Porsche have started introducing automatic transmission on some of their models. If you’re comfortable driving an automatic and still want a sports car, don’t worry – your options may be a little limited, but you can still enjoy the best of both worlds.
Myth 3: All Car Models Have Automatic and Manual Variants
Surprising though it may seem, car manufacturers aren’t creating manual and automatic versions of all their models. In India, for example, cars from brands like MINI, Škoda and Land Rover are only available with automatic transmission. On the other hand, the Audi TT is only available with manual transmission.
Now that you have a bit more clarity, you can make an informed decision about which kind of car will best suit your needs and preferences.