Sometimes when people come up to the point where they want to begin driving lessons, they are presented with a difficult choice of whether they want to learn in an automatic car, or a manual. It’s becoming more common for people to go for automatics as they think it’s easier and quicker, and that automatic vehicles are more appealing. However, it’s important to weigh up all of the pros and cons of learning in each before you come to a decision, because learning in an automatic may not be as great as you think.
We’ve put together some points about both types of cars, and the advantages and disadvantages of each of them.
Learning to drive in a manual car prepares you for a lot more than learning in an automatic would. Manual cars are more traditional, and with these you are taught how to handle gears and a clutch and so don’t become too reliant, meaning you can pretty much drive any car in the future as you are fully prepared to. Furthermore, if you learn in a manual, it’s highly likely you will go on to buy a manual car for when you pass and are driving independently. So, this ultimately allows you a lot more options to choose from that are within your price range. It’s also generally cheaper to run and ensure a manual car, and fuel consumption is less than it is in an automatic.
The most obvious benefit of learning to drive in an automatic car is that it’s more simple to grasp and therefore easier. Automatic cars are generally more modern, which appeals to a lot of young people who are the typical majority demographic of learner drivers. Another benefit of learning in an automatic is that it can be done a lot quicker due to there not being as much you need to think about. As a result of this, you could save money on driving lessons because less will be required.
The only real negative of learning in a manual is that it takes longer than in an automatic, and this will mean having to pay more for lessons which will drum up a higher cost. However, it is definitely worth it in the long term because it prepares you for being able to drive pretty much any car. As will as this, it is a little more difficult to get your head around because of the clutch and gears.
Learning in an automatic means you will need an automatic car once you’ve passed your test, whereas learning in a manual prepares you for both and gives you the option. Because of this, it lessens your options once your test is passed and limits you to only automatic cars, and if you chose to switch to a manual in the future, this could be quite a difficult transition. Automatic cars can often make you too reliant and comfortable, making it harder to pick up key things in a manual car.
The majority of learners choose a manual car, only a small percentage choose to go with an automatic license, and again this limits you in the future when it comes to picking a car for yourself as you won’t be covered or entitled to get a manual. Furthermore, this is more expensive, as it is more costly to run, repair and maintain automatic cars. This may not necessarily work in your favour, as usually when you buy your first car, you can’t necessarily afford the best and newest, but your choice will be limited with this.
Ultimately, it depends on what car you’re considering buying once you’ve passed your test. This can help you base a decision on what the best option is for you. We urge you to weigh up the main difference between both before you decide as this will help you pick the most practical option.