Has driving ever been so Adventurous?
Why should you choose an automatic gearbox over a manual? Does driving an Automatic geared car make you an inexperienced driver? All these and so much more are questions to be asked when it comes to choosing a car.
It is one thing to have a car and another thing to know how well to drive.
For every car learner and owner in Nigeria, from the early 60’s down to the mid 90’s, driving a manual car has been a way of appreciating the four wheeled automobile. This is own to the stream of belief as passed down to us from our colonial masters.
However, the vast majority of car owners and drivers in Nigeria today have considered using the manual transmission as the normal and best way to learn,despite the growing popularity of the automatic car which effectively changes gear for you.
Today, our discussion will be centred around the preference of the Nigerian driver and how well they (Automatic gear and Manual gear) seem to grow on the Nigerian roads.
Virtually all cars in Nigeria today now come with the Automatic gearbox and drivers seem to find it more appealing, this is as a result of the comfort it offers; you can just have a gear shift to the ‘D’ and enjoy the ride without touching the gear head except you need to reverse and or park.
With the Automatic gearbox, a rational novice will learn how to drive perfectly well in just one week. It spells comfort and relief, you never have to worry about changing the gear after driving for few minutes.
However, what most drivers do not know is that Cars fitted with automatic gearboxes can sometimes use more fuel than the same model fitted with a manual, although the reverse is also true in a few cases.
I could remember growing up as a child, My Dad would switch in between gears so easily like the car was specially made for him – The sight of him pressing down the clutch, changing gears and the obedience of the car to his gestures on the other end was so interesting.
Proponents of the manual gearboxes tend to enjoy the control they possess over their car, as only you can choose which gear to use.
This can provide more driver involvement, giving the feeling that a direct connection or relationship exists between Humans and Machines, with a mechanical feel to each gear change instead of an automatic take-over after the gear is changed. In some cars, a manual gearbox can also be useful for towing and off-road driving, especially when you want to maintain a low gear.
One of the disadvantages of the manual transmission is the fact that one has to control the gear almost every minute when driving – the manual transmission requires more effort than the automatic. This however becomes most apparent in heavy traffic, some learners also find the added complication of gear selection and clutch control daunting and take their driving test in an automatic vehicle.
The choice is yours dear readers, which do you think is best: the Automatic transmission or the Manual transmission? Tell us in the comments section.