Saturday, September 18, 2010

Save the Manuals!

Everybody who can drive a stickshift, get on board. The manual transmission is at risk of disappearing from this country, and without it, enthusiasts will suffer. It is my firm belief that people who know how to shift their own gears are more aware drivers, and have more fun at it too. A clutch has borne more car enthusiasts than any poster of a Lamborghini or Porsche.

This isn't about decrying new technology. It's about learning a simple skill that can save you money, help the environment, and make you a more versatile driver. Manual transmissions are better than automatics in many ways. Let me briefly list a few:
  • Longer lasting
  • More efficient (better mpgs!)
  • Better car control
  • Cheaper to buy
  • Cheaper to maintain

Join the fight! Get yourself a sticker or a button. Spread the word. Offer to teach friends and family how to row their own gears (or learn from someone, if you don't know). If you're shopping for a new car, insist on seeing one in a stickshift. Help make America a better place for drivers.

I voiced my support for this movement early on, and for that, Car & Driver sent me a sticker and a button. Amanda wanted the button for her purse. I, the sticker fanatic, have yet to decide where I'm putting that sticker (in the background of the photo above). Don't worry, it'll be on one of my cars soon.


  1. Yay! This post is the best post out of all the posts.

    I will never go back to automatic.

  2. Cool!Learned to drive in a manual Ford Fiesta AND in a Fiat Doblo.
    Which is a square van-like car.
    Whatever. Mom loved it.

    BMW appears to be in too. It's new 1-series M car is manual ONLY.


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