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Ltest Driving School - Getting Started

Manual or Automatic?

When you start to learn to drive you will normally have the option of choosing between a vehicle with manual transmission (gears) or an automatic.

Passing your test in a manual car will allow you to operate both manual and automatic vehicles. Passing the test in automatic will limit your licence to this category. Most vehicles sold in the UK are manual and normally cost less to buy and maintain than an automatic. However, learning to drive a manual car can take longer than learning in an automatic. An average student will take around 40 hours in a manual car but around 30 hours in an automatic

When making your decision you should consider your ability to coordinate and control the use of the gears in a manual vehicle. Some learners who struggle with these skills (including people diagnosed with dyspraxia) may choose to learn in an automatic as an easier option.

Automatic lessons are generally a little bit more expensive than manual lessons and therefore the cost saving may not be as great as the time saved. Automatic pupils have exactly the same test as in a manual vehicle and pass rates are invariably the same.

For more information on driving and dyspraxia click here.

At Ltest we will normally be able to offer you the choice of either manual or automatic through our partnership network. For more information call us on 0800 0432 801.


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