Eccleshill Automatic Driving Lessons

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Both manual and automatic are the types of transmissions or gears found in a car. You must change the gears yourself in a manual car. As the name suggests an automatic car will change the gears automatically when needed.

It can be difficult to learn how to drive a manual vehicle, especially if you live in a busy area where daily driving involves lots of changing gears and clutch control. You might have had driving lessons in a manual car but found the gears too complicated. A driver may also choose an automatic car because they are unable to change gears as easily due to a disability. These are just a few of the many reasons why you may find learning how to drive and passing your driving test much easier in an automatic.

What Is The Difference Between Manual Cars And Automatic Cars?

automatic driving lessons Eccleshill another student passed their testA car equipped with an automatic transmission changes the gears automatically for you. If you drive a car with a manual transmission, then you will need to change the gears as you speed up and slow down.

A manual car will have 3 pedals the brake, accelerator and clutch. You also have a gear stick which when used with the clutch allows you to change the gears. The clutch is operated with the left foot and the other two pedals with your right foot. To change gears, you press the clutch down. To select the correct gear for your speed, when the clutch is down simply move the gear stick for the right gear. The majority of manual cars will have a clutch pedal, however, some cars can replace the pedal with a trigger or a button on the gearstick.

An automatic car does without a clutch because the gears are changed automatically. As the vehicle accelerates, it will automatically change the gears higher. When the car slows down or stops, the gears will automatically switch to the lower gear. In an automatic car you don’t need to know how to coordinate the clutch, gear lever and accelerator. This makes learning to drive an automatic car a lot easier than learning how to drive a manual. Instead of a clutch, an automatic car has a footrest. It is difficult for automatic cars to stall as they don’t have a clutch. It is also impossible to put an automatic car in the wrong gear or grind the gears.

A Manual’s gear stick is different than an Automatic. A manual has one reverse gear and five, possibly 6, forward gears. The four main operations of an Automatic’s gear stick are (P), park, (D) drive, (N)  neutral, and (R) reverse. There are many variations but these are the main four operations. These operations are easy to understand, except for neutral, which is used when you’re stopped at traffic lights, or in heavy traffic.

Another difference is that a manual car will not move on the flat unless you use the accelerator. An automatic, however, can be set into reverse or drive and the car will move by itself. Although it won’t move very fast until your press the accelerator, it will still be moving. This is something to keep in mind if you want to switch from a manual to an automatic car.

An automatic car is a good choice if you live in a hilly region. An automatic car is less likely to roll backwards when you are doing a hill start as you do not need to manually find the bite.

It is often down to personal preference whether you prefer driving an automatic or manual car. Some drivers find it easier to drive an automatic. Some drivers love the extra control that comes with driving a manual vehicle.

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Is A Manual Car Or Automatic Car The Most Popular?

Manual cars are the most popular in the UK, but the number of automatics being manufactured is increasing. Automatic cars tend to be more expensive to purchase, run and maintain. Automatic cars use more fuel than manual cars and they can be more costly to fix and insure.

What Are The Benefits Of Learning To Drive In An Automatic Car?

It is not necessarily easier to learn how to drive an automatic car, it all depends on what you are dealing with. You won’t notice a difference if you struggling with a common problem such as observation.

You might find it easier to learn how to drive in an automatic if you have trouble with clutch control and gear changes. It is much easier to learn how to drive in urban areas that are jam-packed with traffic. You will need to constantly change your gear because of the stop-start nature involved in driving in densely populated areas. This can be an issue for experienced drivers as well as those who are learning to drive a manual vehicle.

The automatic car allows you to take your driving exam without worrying about stalling or having to use clutch control. A learner will have a lot less difficulty with driving manoeuvres, such as turning in the road or starting from a hill due to no gears or clutch control required.

If you have difficulties with the gears in a manual car, an automatic car may be a better choice. You might find it easier to learn how to drive and pass your driving test.

Are There Any Downsides To Driving An Automatic Car?

As you can see, automatic cars are more expensive to own, maintain and run. This is why automatic driving lessons are more expensive than manual driving lessons.

Another downside of learning to drive an automatic vehicle is that when you pass your driving test in an automatic, it doesn’t mean you can also drive a manual car. If you pass your driving test in a manual car, your license will permit you to drive both.

You may find that passing your test in an automatic car could limit your options for buying or renting a car in the future. Also, if later you decide you would prefer to drive manual cars, then you’ll need to take another driving test.

The pass rates for automatic cars are typically lower than those for manual cars. However, don’t let this deter you as every year thousands of learners pass their driving tests in automatic cars.

Automatic Driving Lessons FAQ

Is automatic a full licence?

You are only allowed to drive automatic cars, and not manuals. However, if you hold a manual licence, then you can also drive automatics. Therefore, the latter is a full licence.

Are automatic cars more expensive to insure?

Because automatic cars are usually more expensive to buy, the car insurance premiums tend to be higher. This is to cover the cost of any damage, or the cost of a replacement vehicle. For example, an automatic gearbox is more complex than a manual one and so would usually cost more to replace.

Do I need to use handbrake on automatic car?

Always apply the parking brake when you are stationary in an automatic car. In P or N, the car will not drive, but the parking brake will keep it still. However, if in any other gear, the car will drive off under power if you touch the accelerator pedal, purposefully or by accident unless you have the brakes on.

Can you shift from drive to neutral without breaking?

Though it will not harm your transmission to shift into Neutral while your vehicle is in motion, the additional wear on your brakes by leaving the transmission in Drive will be negligible over the life of the brake pads. I

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