Driving a manual is inarguably more exciting and engaging than any automatic transmission, be it a CVT, a torque converter, or even a DCT. But unlike an automatic, a manual transmission requires care and attention to perform at its best.

Have you ever thought of the strain that you put on your clutch and how that affects it? Something as common as starting and stopping intermittently in traffic can harm both your gearbox and clutch. This is true for all manual cars, whether it is an old used Honda Accord or a brand new Mustang.

Here are some of the driving habits that damage your clutch and the dos and don’ts that you need to know to ensure the longevity of your clutch:

Normally, a clutch does not have a specific “life span”. If it is taken care of, and if you drive carefully, it can last for a lot longer than you intend to keep your car for. With proper care, a clutch can even last the lifetime of your car, but if not, then it certainly will need replacing sooner than later. Also, the quality of the clutch varies from one car to another. A more reliable car will present you with lesser problems than an unreliable one. It also depends on the conditions you drive in, the climate and weather conditions also play a major role in the longevity of the clutch.

There are quite a few factors that determine the life span of your clutch. But under normal driving conditions and habits, a clutch can last for a very long time.

You might also want to get your car checked by a mechanic if you are experiencing any of the symptoms that we have mentioned above. If you let any minor issue slide, it can turn into something severe and might cost you thousands of dollars. However, if you stick to the recommended driving techniques, you don’t have to worry about your clutch wearing out anytime soon.