In 2014, 2015, 2016 and again in 2017 we're seeing more students get automatic driver's licences that ever before. In fact, 2014 was the first year where more learner drivers chose automatic over manual driving lessons. As modern transportation increasingly tends toward electric, hybrid and driverless vehicles, knowledge and experience with stick shift transmission will become less relevant to the average driver. Our people are prepared for this, and are in the know when it comes to passing your practical driving test on the test route. Here are the top reasons we think automatic is the future.
Talking new cars in 2015, the argument that manual transmission affords better fuel economy than automatic transmission grows weak. The introduction of automatic cars with a whole lot more gears (up to 7) allows for tighter gear ratios and more tractability on the engine's power band. In a modern 5-speed automatic, you'll see improved fuel economy, less emissions and more power output compared side by side with a 5-speed manual of the same class.
There was once a time when automatic cars were undoubtedly worse than manual. They leaked, the gears slipped, plus they were heavier and much more expensive. Today, automatic vehicles are a marvel of engineering; often quicker off the mark, and they're handy when pulling a trailer.
Fact is, it's easier to drive automatic. There's no stalling, bunny hopping, and you won't roll backwards on a hill. Automatic transmission takes the anxiety out of driving for the first time, and gives the driver an advantage in processing the dangers around them.
Whether you are looking for automatic or manual driving lessons, you have a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee on any lesson you have with us. Our committment as a driving school is to your confidence, safety and satisfaction.
We recommend you learn whatever transmission you feel comfortable with, considering your needs. Learning to drive in automatic does have its advantages, but we appreciate it's not for everyone.