Are you thinking of hiring a vehicle and wondering is it best to hire a manual or automatic car? Use our simple guide to help you choose.
If you are unsure whether to opt for a manual or an automatic car we have lots of experience in driving both types. We’ve been matching drivers to their perfect hire vehicles for many years. Let us help you make your decision by talking through the differences between the manual and automatic cars and the benefits that you can enjoy from either.
How Do Manual and Automatic Cars Differ?
In a nutshell, the most obvious difference between and automatic and a manual vehicle lies with the gear stick.
Automatic cards typically have simple gear sticks that let you alternate between four driving modes: park, reverse, neutral and drive. Many automatic cars sometimes allow you to manually shift gears to handle specific driving conditions. Automatic cars can provide more of a luxury feel, particularly on a long journey. This gives you a more relaxed drive, you simply use the accelerator and the brake to move the car.
Manual transmission cars, or course, feature a gear stick with five to seven forward speed gears, plus a reverse gear. Operated in conjunction with the smooth transition of the clutch peddle, the driver is centric to the smooth running of the vehicle. Many drivers prefer this more hands-on approach to driving, feeling more in control behind the wheel, rather than relying on an automatic system.
Simple to drive, automatic cars are a popular choice at SSH Self Drive. Taking out the stress of driving through hilly areas, an automatic car takes out the need to switch gears each time the steepness of the road changes. Hill starts are also taken care of with an automatic vehicle. Simply push the accelerator and the car moves forward without any danger of rolling back or stalling the engine. Allowing you to keep your hands on the steering wheel at all time, you can respond to road hazards quickly since you are not fiddling with the gear stick as often. Similarly, heavy traffic is a breeze, as there is no need to constantly work up and down the gears as you stop and start the car.
Giving drivers access to gears gives manual drivers more control over their speed. For experienced drivers in particular, this sense of control brings peace of mind and more enjoyment to the drive. Manual vehicles also tend to have more gears than automatics, allowing the driver to enjoy the engine’s full power in ways that automatics can’t. Giving more of a traditional driving experience, many of our manual car hire drivers tell us that the pleasure of the drive lies in feeling a part of the drive. Being in complete control of the running of the vehicle is something that many of our customers enjoy more than anything.
So is it best to hire a manual or automatic car? It depends on what sort of a driving experience you are looking for. Whatever your preference, we have a selection of manual and automatic cars to choose from here at SSH Self Drive. Click here to see our full range or give us a call to chat through what you are looking for in your ideal rental.
We accept the following payment options
All drivers must be aged between 21 and 75 inclusive. Drivers under the age of 23 may only rent vehicles up to Standard category1 and would be subject to a young driver surcharge. Drivers over the age of 70 are also subject to the same surcharge.2
1Standard category is cars up to a 1400cc and small vans (i.e. SWB Transit)
2 Under / Overage drivers surcharge is charged at £10.00 per day PLUS VAT.
All hirers who will be insured to drive South Staffs Hire vehicles must produce a full valid driving licence with their current address (having a current address on your driving licence is a legal requirement); this must be done in person, at the time of collection. No copies of licences will be accepted.
Drivers aged between 23-75 must have held a full driving licence for at least 12 months. Minor licence endorsements up to 6 points are accepted. Major endorsements i.e. UT, DD, DR & IN are subject to insurance clearance and the hire location would need to be informed before reservation is placed. Drivers aged under 23 must have held a licence for at least 24months and be free of major endorsements. (For full clarification please contact office) Minibus rental is only available to renters over the age of 25 holding category D1 on their licence.
Insurance is subject to an insurance excess. This excess is the amount that would be left as a deposit at the outset of a hire. The excess this is what the hirer would be liable for in the event of damage occurring to the hire vehicle, different vehicles attract different access levels; these levels are listed on the booking screen. Excess waivers are available.
As well as the full drivers licence the main driver must produce 2 forms of identification i.e. passport, utility bill, (utility bills must be no less than three months old) at least one confirming home address this should match the address on the drivers licence.
Payment is accepted by major credit or debit cards (card payment by 3rd parties is only accepted by prior arrangement. Cash payment is accepted but only if the excess deposit is paid by debit/credit card.
All vehicles are supplied with a full tank of fuel at the start of the hire. Customers may:-
All reservation must be cancelled 24 hours in advance or charges will apply, Charges vary from £25:00 – £50:00 depending on size of vehicle – For further information please ask a member of staff when reserving a vehicle
THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS ARE PART OF THE RENTAL AGREEMENT