Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS - Jon Bas­sett Deputy Ed­i­tor Cen­tral

Man­ual gear­boxes are the last bas­tion in retaining con­trol over ac­cel­er­at­ing tech­nol­ogy that is re­plac­ing the in­di­vid­ual. The driver has to think and en­gage with the road and traf­fic, re­sult­ing in hav­ing con­trol over their ve­hi­cle. They can save fuel and, drop­ping a gear or two, prop­erly drive with a nim­ble en­try and exit from a cor­ner. It is safer be­cause hav­ing a gear stick mostly pre­vents us­ing mo­bile phones. Know­ing how to drive a man­ual also saves the young em­bar­rass­ment when faced with a proper five- or six-speed and a clutch.

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