Why Every Woman Should Learn To Drive Manual
9. Prevents distracted driving
Have you ever tried to eat, choose a radio station, talk on the phone, and drive an automatic car? I have. Have you ever tried doing that while your right hand and left leg are occupied with shifting? It’s damn near impossible.
8. A better understanding of your car
Everything will make more sense, and any problems will seem logical. When you understand how the power transitions from engine to wheels, and you’re in control, you’re more likely to appreciate and understand your baby.
7. You don’t have to loan your car to anyone
Horrible Driver: “Can I borrow your car?”
You: “Of course, I’m a very generous person. Can you drive stick?”
Horrible Driver: “No.”
You: “Oh, I’m so sorry, it looks like I’ll be the only one driving my car.”
6. Beach Adventures
Thrash his 4WD… Trust me, you’ll love it nearly as much as he does. Recommended 4WD beaches include Rainbow Beach, Kingscliffe, Fraser and Moreton Island.
5. Manual is more fun
Golfers play the game because they find it interesting and fun, for reasons we can’t understand. People drive manual cars for the same reason — because it’s fun to them. But unlike golf, it doesn’t cost a ton of money and take up an entire day, nor do you have to wear ridiculous pants.
4. Be able to drive all cars
In Europe, the majority of cars are/were built with manual transmissions, and many of the most interesting models don’t offer an automatic even as an option. Unless you want to deny yourself access to these strange and wondrous beasts, learning manual is a necessity.
3. Have more control over your car
With a manual transmission, you decide exactly how much power is going from the engine to the wheels at all times. This gives you better control in bad weather and other low-traction situations. You don’t have to wait for the computer in your automatic to decide to downshift, or for it to figure out that you’re driving on sand or snow. That doesn’t always work out.
2. Just in case
Imagine, if you will, that you’re being chased by terrifying criminals that want to abduct you. You’re running through a field when you come across a 2005 Mini Cooper S. The keys are in the ignition, but, alas! It’s the 6-speed manual version and you can’t drive stick. Now you’re probably going to be raped and killed. You should’ve learned to use three pedals, just in case.
I asked four of my closest male friends what they thought about women driving manual… R.E.S.P.E.C.T !