Difference Between Manual vs. Automatic

One of the many things that make Honda stand out from other brands is its loyalty to the stick shift. Many of the vehicles in the Honda lineup at Floyd Traylor Honda come with standard manual transmission and available automatic. However, some buyers may not really understand the difference. To help you get the Honda that’s right for you, we’ve outlined the basics of manual vs. automatic transmissions.

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Those who are dedicated to manual transmissions are a proud group who enjoy a hands-on driving experience. With a manual transmission, drivers are responsible for shifting the engine into a higher gear as they accelerate. This is done by using the clutch pedal and the gear shifter in synchronicity with the acceleration. Manual transmissions provide more options for controlling the car, such as stopping by shifting down rather than braking, and often deliver better gas mileage. It can be tricky at first, but once a driver knows how to drive with a manual transmission, using a stick shift can add a fun element of control to driving.

Automatic

With automatic transmissions, the car decides when to shift on the driver’s behalf. There’s no clutch pedal, just the gas and brake pedals which is simpler and favored by drivers who want less distraction on the road. You have less options with automatic, but for many drivers—especially new drivers—that’s preferred. If you drive in a high traffic area with lots of stopping and starting, automatic transmissions can be an easier option, especially when you’re faced with the challenge of starting on a hill.

If you’re still interested in learning more about the benefits of manual vs. automatic transmissions, don’t hesitate to call or visit us at Floyd Traylor Honda. We’re always happy to help answer your Honda questions.

Four Tips for Driving in Snow

Compared to many of the states, Arkansas has a very mild winter. But that’s not to say that the area around Floyd Traylor Honda doesn’t still see its share of slippery winter roads. Keep in mind these five tips in case you have to drive on snow or ice this winter.

tips for driving in snow

1. Accelerate and Brake Slowly

If you take it easy with your acceleration, you’ll maintain more control over your vehicle. The same goes for braking; always give yourself plenty of time to stop when you’re on a slick road. Don’t slam on the brakes, or your vehicle may slide out of control.

2. Try To Avoid Stopping

Work on finding a balance in your slow deceleration, one that will allow you to continue at a slow roll until you’re moving forward again. This will help you maintain traction with your tires.

3. Know Your Car

Before heading out in winter driving conditions, read your owner’s manual to understand what features your car might have to help you—like four-wheel drive or anti-lock brakes—and how to use them.

4. Check Your Tires

If you want your car to perform best on slick roads, your tires need to be in good condition and properly inflated. When you take care of your tires, you’ll get the best traction and experience the most control on slick winter roads.

 If your tires need maintenance to prepare for the winter, stop by Floyd Traylor Honda to schedule an appointment in our service department.