Automatic vehicles have no clutch pedal, and all you have to do with the gear selector is select D (Drive) before moving away and then the gears are selected automatically as you drive along.
With the problem of choosing and selecting gears out of the way you will be able to channel your concentration on planning ahead, steering and anticipating what other road users might do, generally making driving much easier as well as safer because both hands remain on the steering wheel for longer.
Learn in Less Time
Automatic cars take less time to learn to drive than manual cars, this can be of benefit to those who wish to learn quickly or those who have found changing gears or clutch control difficult when learning to drive in a manual car.
Automatic cars can also benefit some drivers with ability difficulties.
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A. No, if you pass in an automatic you can ONLY
drive automatics. However, if you pass in an automatic you can take a test
in a manual car at a later date whenever you wish, possibly after you have
gained more driving experience.
A. It depends why you are failing in a manual
car, if you are having problems with car control such as; gear changing, choosing
the correct gear, moving away smoothly, hill starts and clutch control you
would benefit from driving an automatic. However, changing to an automatic
car will not cure problems due to poor judgment, anticipation, planning and
A. A vehicle fitted with a Semi-Automatic gearbox
is one which as the same type of gearbox as a manual vehicle but without a
clutch pedal. This is relatively a new concept in cars designed and manufactured
within the last few years and tend to be more common in smaller cars. A semi-automatic
vehicle is still regarded as being the same as a fully automatic vehicle when
it comes to taking a driving test.
A. Automatics are more popular than ever. These
days, most car-makers offer a good range of automatics and to make them more
appealing to some Europeans, these manufacturers have developed hi-tech 'easytronic'
and 'steptronic' (semi-automatic) gearboxes. Some industry pundits think Britain
will follow in the footsteps of America, where they prefer automatics to manuals.
A. Automatics don't stall, so your confidence
will be boosted immediately and you will become much less nervous in your lessons
when it comes to moving away and dealing with busy junctions and roundabouts,
A. Fuel consumption in an automatic will be approx.10%
higher when compared to the same model as a manual, but as technology improves
this gap will for sure become less in the future. Automatics may be a little
more expensive to run, but this is a small price to pay for your extra safety,
pleasure and ease of driving.
Although you will pay a little extra for your lessons, this will easily be
offset by having less lessons when compared to a manual car. In the
long term you will save money!