Manual vs. Automatic Transmissions

People talk about driving a stick shift these days with fear in their voices—unless they can drive stick, and then they’re probably making fun of everyone who can’t. Regardless of the Great Divide between manual and automatic drivers, the truth is that there are benefits and drawbacks to both, and which one you decide to drive depends entirely on your driving habits.

The pros of automatic transmissions are obvious. They’re easier to drive. You don’t have to worry about the clutch, and your car will very rarely stall. They’re also more abundant—most cars that have manual transmissions are sports cars or slightly less expensive versions of already less expensive vehicles. For the average driver, automatic probably makes more sense.

manual vs. automaticBut there are definitely reasons to drive stick, too. Driving enthusiasts—the ones driving the manual sports cars—tend to prefer it because manual gives you more control over the drive, which provides more driving fun. Plus, those cheaper versions of cheap cars can make them more accessible to drivers with limited budgets, and they’re easier and less expensive to maintain.

It’s not like it’s a bad idea to learn to drive stick, so if you ever have the chance, give it a shot. You might need that skill in the event of a zombie apocalypse, once everyone’s taken the automatic cars and you’re left to scavenge through the manual Camaros.

GM Express Drive Collaboration with Lyft Expands to New Markets

The GM Express Drive program, which the company has developed in conjunction with the ridesharing service Lyft, plans to expand to several new markets in Colorado and California.

Express Drive is a short-term vehicle access program that was launched earlier this year, the purpose of which is to allow Lyft drivers to access newer and better quality vehicles they can use as they participate in the ridesharing service. GM provides vehicles that drivers rent per week, and the cost of renting goes down the more rides the driver gets. Maintenance and insurance are included in the cost of renting.

Currently the service is available in Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. Lyft plans to extend the service to the San Francisco Bay Area this summer and to Los Angeles and Denver by the fall. More than 100,000 people have applied to be Lyft drivers in these areas, but they couldn’t qualify because their cars weren’t in good enough shape. This is all about to change thanks to Express Drive.

GM Express Drive - 2017 Chevrolet BoltExpress Drive gives drivers access to a wide range of GM vehicles, including the 2017 Chevy Bolt, Chevy’s new electric car that boasts highest range in the non-luxury market, which is due to be released late this year.