Choosing from an Automatic or Manual Driving Licence
Automatic or Manual License?
At Joondalup Driving Lessons we teach both manual and automatic driving lessons. Both options have their pros and cons but we do recommend if possible that you try to go for your manual driving license. One advantage of driving a manual car is that it enables you to learn to be in tune with the car. This gives you better control and comprehension of how your car runs. Once you have your manual license your options open up greatly. In the future, there may be times that you need to drive someone else’s car for work or in an emergency. Being able to legally drive manual cars will be a blessing.
Manual transmission cars are more fun to drive and tend to be cheaper too! Because manual transmission engine revs are lower than automatics, they use less fuel, which is an important factor to consider.
As with both types, there are a couple of downsides to learning manual driving as opposed to automatic. If you don’t have access to a manual car for your practice driving then your lessons could cost slightly more as you will need more practice in our training vehicles. It does already take a bit longer to master the manual driving skills so extra patience is needed, but it will definitely be worth the effort! Another downside to manual cars is that if you drive regularly in heavy or congested traffic it can get quite tiresome with all the constant stopping and starting. Take into account your probable future driving lifestyle.
Of course, the manual license allows driving of both auto and manual vehicles and although slightly more involved in learning, it is a great option to go with for your long term future on the road. Which option you decide to learn is up to you by the factors you need to consider. Factors like what car you have at home to practice in and what type of car you think you will be predominantly driving.
On the other hand, many people now opt for buying automatic transmission cars due to their ease of use, especially when starting out. An automatic car is easier to drive in hilly areas and for the constant stopping and starting in peak traffic for example. For beginner drivers, an auto car can build your confidence quicker in getting comfortable with the road rules and conditions while you have both hands firmly on the wheel at all times as opposed to changing gears with your left hand.
Many students choose to go for an automatic license first because they want to start driving as soon as possible. If you only have access to an auto vehicle then this can be what's best for you at this time. Just take into account the negatives that come with an automatic drivers license. You can not drive a manual car, and one day you may need to in a given scenario. Automatic cars use more fuel than manual cars as you cannot control the revs. These vehicles are also more expensive to buy and to service. Another negative for driving an automatic is that due to the lack of focus and hand-eye-feet coordination required in manuals, you may become less aware of the road and the surrounding driving conditions.
Assess what you feel will be the best license type for you. Please feel free to talk to us about what is perfect for you now, at Joondalup Driving Lessons we're here to help you make the right decision! And don't forget, if you go for your automatic license first, you can always get your manual license at a later date if your circumstances require. To do so you won't need to get another Learner’s permit but will have to display L plates on your car while you do lessons with an accompanied manual open licensed driver, before then taking the manual drivers test.
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