Got a teenager who’s about to learn to drive? Learning how to drive used to involve making the decision if you should learn to drive a manual transmission or stick shift. Nowadays, that question isn’t so prominent because driving manual transmissions is no longer a major possibility. But you might still want to teach your teen how to work a stick shift. If you do, your teenager is going to have more opportunities to drive than others who know how to work only automatics.
Falling Sales and Availability
Car makers, including Volvo, do still offer manual-transmission counterparts for most of their cars. But manual transmissions don’t form a large percentage of car sales–Edmunds reports only 3.9 percent of new car sales in the first eight months of 2013 were manual transmissions. Some car models don’t even have a manual-transmission counterpart anymore, such as the Volvo S-60 R-Design.
So learning to drive a manual transmission car isn’t exactly urgent. But knowing how to drive one enables drivers to consider manual-transmission cars when buying or leasing a car, and that gives them more variety. Manuals aren’t always cheaper than automatics or continuously variable transmission cars, but sometimes they are, and having the option of getting a lower price on the car is always nice.
Knowing how to drive a manual-transmission car also gives drivers way more options when looking at used cars. If your teen ever finds him- or herself in a situation where he or she needs to buy a very old car, knowing how to drive stick shifts will make it much easier to find the right car. Someone who knows how to drive automatic only will not be able to buy a whole lot of used cars.
That in turn can translate into getting a lower price, too. If there’s less of a demand for cars with manual transmissions, the cost of buying the cars will not be as steep. That means your teen could be able to find a very good car that’s been sitting around because no one else can drive it.
There’s one other reason to teach your teenager how to drive a stick shift: Emergency car use. If your teen needs to get somewhere fast, he or she can borrow someone’s car even if it’s a manual transmission. There’s no worse feeling than to have to get to a hospital, for example, because a family member’s been hurt, only to find that you don’t know how to work the one car available to you. Knowing how to drive a manual transmission will enable them to avoid that situation. Consult a professional service, like Volvo Specialists Service, if you have questions.Read More