If you’re learning to drive, and are having trouble co-ordinating the clutch and the gear-stick, or if your manoeuvres suffer because of poor clutch control, you might want to consider learning to drive in an automatic car. Automatic driving lessons follow the same format as driving lessons in a manual gear-box car, although there are some very important differences.
In an automatic car, you don’t need to change gear; the car does that for you “automatically”, depending on the speed you’re travelling at and the demands being put on the engine. This means you can focus on the road conditions around you and being freed from the extra pressure that a manual gearbox car can create makes for a better motivated learner, which means a better driver.
By learning in an automatic car you might actually be able to save money by needing fewer lessons. And with fewer things to learn, you should be able to get to a good standard much more quickly, although the same standard of competency is expected by the DVSA on test. Driving lessons in an automatic can work out cheaper in the long run. With so many cars now being electric or hybrid you need to consider if you need a manual licence as all electric and hybrid cars come as an automatic
However, there is a “downside”: currently if you pass your test in an automatic, you’ll only be qualified to drive automatic vehicles. You can always do a conversion course at a later date and retake a test in a manual once you gain confidence and experience with your automatic licence, so if this limitation doesn’t present any immediate problem for you, there’s no reason why you need to put yourself under the extra pressure of learning to drive a manual.
In Swansea, A2Z of Motoring offers driving lessons in 5 automatic duel controlled cars. Two family-sized, Toyota Yaris hybrid, which are powered alternating between petrol and electric, We also have two Renault Clio 1.5 DCI (diesel), and a Seat Arona 1.0 L 3-cylinder eco boost (petrol).