Your Automatic Choice
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Why choose automatic driving lessons?
Don’t be influenced by peer pressure
Whilst it’s true most people learn to drive in a manual car it doesn’t suit everyone. Whether you have poor co-ordination (Dyspraxia), short term memory, keep looking at the gearstick to re-assure what gear you are in (Dyslexia), a disability or just plain can’t see the reason to “Stir the Gears” then the Automatic option is your way forward.
This type of car has no clutch pedal and the car changes gear automatically meaning there are two less things to worry about and you can put your full concentration into the other aspects of learning. An automatic car has a selector in place of a gear lever. The driver selects 'D' (drive). From then on the automatic will change to a higher gear as you increase speed and to a lower gear as it falls. It also takes account of hills. However, you can still take full control of the gear selection if you so wish by moving the selector to the manual mode. Handy if you are driving in a hilly area and wish to hold the lower gears to use the engine braking effect to assist in keeping the speed down. Gear changes up and down can now be made but without the need to press and release a clutch pedal. An F1 driver doesn’t use a clutch (apart from the initial start) and most performance cars don’t either.
Automatic cars can make learning to drive easier, particularly for those with co-ordination problems (dyspraxia & dyslexia), for older or disabled people. However, if you take your test in an automatic car, your Driving Licence will only entitle you to drive automatic cars, not manual cars. A full automatic licence only acts as a Provisional Licence for a manual car. You'll need to take and pass another test to get a full manual Driving Licence. Some cars are described by their manufacturers as having manual and automatic gears, but any vehicles with two pedals will also be classed as automatics. The future is in Hybrid and Electric Cars and these will almost certainly be clutchless and gearless.
Learning to start, stop and steer is much easier in automatic cars. The right foot should normally be used to control the accelerator and foot brake. Because there is no clutch, your left foot should not normally need to be used at all.
Automatic cars enable drivers to concentrate on the more important things, such as planning ahead and steering. It makes learning to drive easier, particularly for people with Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, older or disabled people. I will explain about the extra use of the handbrake and different techniques used to control the car at low speeds.
Remember: You can take the driving test in an automatic car. However, when you pass your Practical Driving Test, your driving licence will only entitle you to drive an Automatic. If you want to drive a manual car in the future then you would have to take the Practical Driving Test in a manual car but you will not be required to re-sit the Theory/Hazard Perception Test.
Only position you will normally need for driving forward
(To select and hold a lower gear for, say, descending long hills.)
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