According to the RAC, an average learner needs 45 hours of driving lessons and a minimum of 20 hours of private practice to pass a driving test. The more time spent on the road, the more familiar learner drivers will be with navigating potential hazards.
But if you’re looking to pass your driving test as swiftly as possible, it will be easier to learn to drive in an automatic vehicle.
Are automatic cars easier to learn to drive?
It’s easier to learn to drive in an automatic compared to a manual vehicle. You don’t have to manage either gears or clutch control, which makes it much easier to learn to drive an automatic vehicle as a result.
Other benefits to automatic cars include their relative fuel efficiency (compared to manual vehicles), and they’re also easier to drive in urban spaces where you’ll likely have many stop-start journeys.
However, driving lessons in an automatic may be more expensive – although you’ll likely need fewer than in a manual, as the learning process will be shorter. If you only learn on an automatic license, you also won’t ever be able to drive a manual car.
It may be more expensive to insure an automatic car, as they tend to be in a higher risk bracket, and repair parts are costly compared to their manual counterparts. Younger drivers may also find it easier to locate a manual car in their search for the ideal first car, both in terms of the price and variety on offer.
If you’re a learner driver deciding whether to acquire an automatic or manual license and have further questions, get in contact with My Car Credit today on 01246 458 810. We’ll help you establish your car finance eligibility and address any other queries you may have.
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