MANUAL OVER AUTOMATIC
DRIVING LESSONS, THE BIG DEBATE!
As a professional driving instructor, I often receive enquiries about people interested in passing with an automatic car.
It’s a myth that it’s easier to pass with an automatic car. Why?
From my experience, when it comes to the practical driving test, the most common areas in which pupils fail in are:
Moving Off –
Blind spot checks.
Approaching, going through or leaving incorrectly.
Reversing Manoeuvres –
Lack of observations, especially when the manoeuvre has gone wrong & is being corrected.
Independent Driving –
Pupils commonly compromise & prioritise following directions correctly over safe driving.
Clearance of Obstructions – Driving too close to parked vehicles & attempting to drive through a space which is too narrow.
Negotiating a small space with oncoming vehicles.
The above driver faults commonly occur regardless of a test being taken with an automatic or manual vehicle.
If you qualify as an automatic licence holder, you will never be permitted to drive a manual vehicle. However, in the event that you pass as a manual licence holder, you automatically qualify to drive both types of vehicles.
Further, when shopping around for an insurance quote, if you are trying to insure an automatic vehicle, the insurance company considers a fully qualified manual licence holder to be more skilled than someone who passed through an automatic car and hence the cost of insurance will be slightly more for that person as opposed to someone passing on a manual vehicle.
Automatic vehicles naturally consume more fuel in comparison to a manual vehicle of a similar size due to the fact that gears are changed later & at higher revs.
Please don’t make the mistake!!!
Try a lesson with me and check out how easy driving a manual car can really be!