Should You Learn to Drive in an Automatic?

One of the first decisions you have to make when deciding to learn to drive is whether to learn in a manual or an automatic car. Here are some considerations to think about to help you decide.

Changing Gear

When you learn to drive with a driving school in Croydon, there’s a lot to think about, including getting to know your way around the car’s controls. When you’re driving an automatic, you don’t have to worry about changing gear as the car will do this for you, and this can be a major plus for a learner driver.

You’ll certainly learn more quickly and safely as you’ll be able to focus all your attention on the road and traffic situations developing around you without the distraction of working out which gear you need to change into. That said, you still have to give consideration to the road conditions around you and make the right decisions to be a safe driver.

Disabled Driver?

The majority of disabled drivers learn to drive in an automatic car with specially adapted hand and foot controls as it is simply not practical for someone with severe physical disabilities to drive a manual model. If you have a disability, an automatic model might be the best option for you.

Limited Qualification

It is important to be aware that once you’ve passed your test in an automatic, that’s all you’re qualified to drive, so you won’t be able to go out and buy yourself a car with a manual gearbox. Fortunately, the majority of manufacturers make automatic models to suit most budgets, so there’ll be no problem in finding a suitable vehicle.

The Cost of Motoring

Motoring is undoubtedly expensive. Automatic cars tend to use more fuel than a correctly driven manual vehicle. Some of the newer auto models are fitted with enhanced transmission systems which can help to minimise the consumption difference, although you will pay more for one of these. Another consideration is the cost of maintenance and repair of your vehicle. Automatic transmission cars are notoriously more expensive to repair than manuals, and insurance premiums are often higher too.

In conclusion

There are pros and cons to learning to drive in an automatic car. Apex Driving Schools has learner cars with both transmission types available, why not contact your instructor for more advice on which option would be best for you?

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