Why Choose Automatic?
Hop into an automatic car and the first thing you'll notice is that it's a lot easier to drive. Without the need to press the clutch or find the right gear, stalling becomes a thing of the past. Driving in slow-moving or stop-start traffic is made easier with an automatic. There's also a much smoother transition between gears, resulting in a more pleasant, judder-free ride. Because there's less chance of accidentally grinding the gears, the transmission itself is less likely to fail.
An automatic car makes it easier to focus more on speed and road position – and you can keep both hands on the wheel as you won't have to change gear. You're also not going to stall in an automatic – which saves you the embarrassment of making a hash of hill starts or stalling just as the traffic lights change. Stalling an automatic transmission will only occur if there's a mechanical issue.
The age of changing gears manually could be coming to an end as drivers opt for electric cars and hybrids with automatic gearboxes MANUAL cars could disappear from UK roads within 10 years as motorists ditch the gearstick for automatics. The necessity of clutch control could be lost thanks to the rise in popularity of hybrid and electric models that only come with auto gearboxes. And British buyers are already moving towards automatics for improved fuel economy, according to the latest industry data.
Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal demand for autos is outstripping the rest of the market by three times. And last year, more than 600,000 automatics were registered, up 50 per cent from 2013.
Mike Best, from leasing site ContractHireandLeasing.com, said if current trends continue manuals could be extinct in the next decade. "They enable smooth, efficient driving at low revs, therefore burning far less fuel and reducing emissions.
"Manuals often create bad driving habits such as over-revving, riding the clutch and using the wrong gear. These are things that cause wear-and-tear, as well as increase fuel consumption and emissions."