This year would be my 10th anniversary of officially having a driving license. Although, my first encounter behind the wheel began almost two years prior to the legal age– it was not until I officially obtained my license that I was gifted with the opportunity to have my own car.
I started off with a big car – automatic transmission. Of course, my personal driving lessons & early experience was very much dependant to the availability of my parents’ car. Along the course of 3 years, I had the opportunity to drive several types of cars, 4-WD auto and manual, sport, sedan and compact. I remember my dad always referring me to be ‘gila stereng’ (translation: crazy with steering wheel).
Since I could not afford my own car back then, my first wheel was a second hand Hyundai Scoupe. Why not brand new? I will always remember the reason given by my dad – until you can afford your own, learn how to manage & be responsible of this car. In summary I could only deserve a second hand car. It was my learning car, and I fell in love driving with a manual transmission car since then.
During the learning process, I have acquired sufficient knowledge and skills to make sure that I am not only driving the car, but also take responsibility to owning it and keeping it in good condition all the time. Thanks to the green Hyundai, I have learnt a lot about car and driving.
Now I am a proud owner of Bestari 206 (1.4L manual). Besides the location of my resident and office, the fact that I work till late at night have given me with NO CHOICE but to only drive as the mode of commuting between home & office. For those who live in KL, traffic is almost a scary nightmare.
However, I still prefer to drive a manual car. WHY?
- Cost effective (i.e. cheaper buy price, cheaper fuel consumption, cheaper maintenance cost);
- Allow me to have full control of the steering, car handling and driving;
- Continuously practice the coordination and driving skills needed;
- Gives me better flexibility to allow me switching between different type/size of cars;
and most importantly
- I can always smile whenever people say this, “Waaa…You drive a manual car!!! Very rare la..we thought girls only drive automatic.” (It’s taken as a compliment, thanks all).
Just a quick question:
Is it true all girls drive automatic transmission car only?
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Note: If only this car (picture above) is available here. It looks so tempting and beautiful. I found info on how to drive manual transmission car while browsing for information recently (Click here)