84% of cars on UK roads use manual transmission. This means it’s up to the driver to change gears using a clutch pedal and a gear stick. However, whilst manual cars dominate our roads, they aren’t to everyone’s taste. Many drivers would simply rather avoid the extra hassle caused by the need to manually change gears.
Sound familiar? If you find yourself struggling with the stick shift, then you may wish to consider learning to drive in an automatic car. To drive an automatic car, all you’ll need to do is put the car into drive mode—this will then automatically select the gear for you.
As you don’t have to deal with learning how to change gears, many drivers find it easier to learn in an automatic car. Automatic cars also feature no clutch pedal, meaning you won’t have to worry about clutch control or wearing your clutch out.
Automatic cars tend to offer smooth gear changes and a more relaxed drive. They’re particularly well suited to inner city driving, as they avoid the sudden stopping and starting that drives manual drivers insane in a traffic jam.
Some types of automatic car even offer drivers a way of changing gear manually should they wish, helping provide greater control and providing the best of both worlds.
Though there are many reasons to choose automatic cars, it remains the case that manual cars are still far more popular in the UK.
One of the key reasons for this is that a car with automatic transmission will be more expensive than its manual counterpart—generally by around a few hundred pounds. Automatic cars also tend to be more expensive to mend should something go wrong, adding to their overall cost.
Additionally, automatic cars generally use more fuel than manual cars, as they require this extra power to shift gears automatically.
Finally, manual cars offer drivers greater control. This can be an advantage when driving in wintry weather—and many drivers simply find the driving experience more engaging.
Ultimately, it’s up to you whether you decide to learn to drive in an automatic or a manual car—you need to choose which best suits your driving needs and habits. If you’ve previously tried learning in a manual, but had trouble getting to grips with gears, then switching to an automatic can certainly be a less trying experience. Taking automatic driving lessons in Manchester or in other major cities can also help avoid some of the stress of learning to drive in an urban environment.
It’s worth noting, however, that if you learn to drive in an automatic, you will only be able to drive automatic cars, and your licence won’t be valid for manual cars. If you learn to drive in a manual car, however, then you’ll be able to drive both manuals and automatics.
Yes! All PassMeFast courses can be taken in either a manual or an automatic car. Our full automatic price list can be found below.
|No gears||More expensive than manual|
|No clutch pedal||Licence restricted to automatic cars|
|Smoother urban driving||Not necessarily easier or quicker|