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Topic: How to drive a stick shif Specific purpose: I want my audience to understand the process it takes to switch gears and use the clutch. Main Idea: In this speech I will discuss the physical differences between a manual and automatic, different numbers on the gear stick, the clutch pedal, the parking brake and why some people prefer to drive a manual car versus automatic. Introduction With seven or more movies out, it is near impossible to assume that we haven’t seen at least one Fast and the Furious movie. The main reason the movies are so successful are the car stunts, the fast driving, beautiful cars and narrow escapes. However, it isn’t Vin Diesel that makes these movies possible. It is a manual transmission. Without the ability to control the vehicle, it is much harder to drif, fishtail or burnout with an automatic car, if you can at all. (Not that we need to imitate the movies) While only less than 3% of new cars sold in America come with a manual transmission, most of the cars in Europe are manual models. (Fleming 2016) There are many people who will say the control in shifing gears makes the car more fun to drive. Manual models are cheaper than automatics. In case of an emergency where you must drive someone else’s car, it is a good skill to learn and understand the physical differences between a manual and stick as well as the skill it requires to get the car started and learn the feel of shifing. A manual car allows the driver to have more control over the torque that is applied to the wheels, giving the driver complete control. In an automatic car this is done for you, the gears automatically change and
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  • Fall '11
  • Manual transmission, stick shif

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