It's starting to get warmer down South and that means outdoor activities. For me this means kayaking and kickin it in the ENO. What are all of y'alls favorite warm-weather activities?
And I swear if someone says longboarding I'll kick you in the nads.
When someone drives under the speed limit in the left lane of the highway.
When people don't use their turning signals.
When I see someone texting/talking on their cellphone while driving.
So tell me, what terrible driving habits rustle your jimmies?
In my experience, gearheads and fellow enthusiasts alike are notorious for dropping this famous line -- but why? It seems as though there is unavoidable conflict caused by the ever-heated debate of 2 pedals versus 3.
What I find even more amusing is when guys justify this absurdity by saying things like, "real men drive stick." Are you any less of a man if you drive an automatic? Even when someone knows how to drive a manual but their daily is an automatic, they STILL get shit. I hear this all the time while working in the shop and quite frankly, it's dumb. Don't get me wrong though, knowing how to shift is a good skill to have on deck. In no particular order, here's why:
1. Most cars in Europe are stick.
That's right, and it has nothing to do with "fun." It is indirectly related to fuel economy, mainly because 80 to 90 percent of cars sold in most parts of Europe have very small displacement engines -- smaller than the smallest engine available in most cars in the USA. Why? EU car registration taxes and fees are based on a very steep curve that is tied to engine size. In Europe, the little 1.0 to 1.5 liter engines are on the low end of registration fees. You pay hundreds more per year for vehicle fees and taxes on 6 cyl or 8 cyl engines. Imagine owning a 16 cylinder Bugatti in Europe? Yikes. (Although, if you own a Bugatti, money probably isn't an issue.) So if you're like most people that wanna gallivant through Europe one day, it's likely a good idea you know how to use a third pedal to get around.
2. You don’t have to loan your car.
Horrible Driver: "Can I borrow your car?"
You: "Of course, I'm a very generous person. Can you drive
Horrible Driver: "No."
You: "Oh, I'm so sorry, it looks like I'll be the only one driving my car."
3. You’re looking to make a career change.
Driving a manual is a good way of thwarting potential car thieves, and that alone is reason to drive one. But what if YOU wanna be that potential thief? You're going to need to learn how to drive stick to be able to pinch any car. That E-type down the street has a clutch, and it's not going to steal itself.
4. Fuel economy.
Many modern automatics are often faster and more fuel-efficient than doing your own shifting. But if you're not in the market for a brand new car, 3 pedal options are the more fuel-efficient choice.
There you have it. All the justification you'll ever need to buy that 6 speed you've been eyeing.
Living in traffic-ridden LA, I can appreciate an automatic as much as the next person. Standards and autos both have their respective advantages and drawbacks, but remain equally relevant. I understand peoples' preferences for one over the other but c'mon son, it's not that serious. It really isn't.