posted on Oct, 11 2014 @ 08:06 AM
Interesting. Always concidered it at myth these days that americans can't drive manual. Wouldn't really know since I'm not from the US.
Personally I find it more confusing driving an automatic. It doesn't feel..right, since I'm used to front-wheel drive and stick shift. Same reason why
it for me would be unimaginable to not put the car in gear when parking. If I'm in town, I use the hand/parking brake just in case, but otherwise not
that often. Also something you might not want to do if the temperature goes below freezing or you might end up with locked rear brakes. Nothing a
little nudge from the sledgehammer and yanking the lever wouldn't sort, but still..
Automatic is very smooth, very easy, but it leaves you with a sense of lack of control sometimes. On cars with less powerful engines, the
kickdown-downshift usually results in the rpm going up, but little happends speed-wise. It's also impossible to double de-clutch, a technique that
comes in handy if you want to have some power left to manage possible understeer when downshifting before a corner on snow or gravel. This applies
perhaps more to front wheel drive cars, but it's a matter of road-safety also, and it can't be done with an automatic.
I ignorantly thought this was basic driving-school stuff in all *developed* countries
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