We often get calls from customers asking for the price for manual or automatic lessons followed by the question,
“Why is automatic more expensive?”
The simple reason is that automatic cars use up more fuel than a manual car, and the insurance on an automatic car is usually more expensive. There are many benefits to choosing manual lessons, such as having more control over the car, and in most cases a greater fuel efficiency not to mention the insurance on manual cars is considerably cheaper.
Learning and passing the driving test in an automatic car
Driving an automatic is much easier than a manual, because automatic cars free you from the requirement of changing the gears yourself, and hence speed up the learning process for new drivers. The majority of time in lessons is spent on learning to cope with various traffic situations, and on average, the number of lessons required to reach test standards for an automatic car are usually a lot less – but, they are more expensive.
For some people, the advantage of driving an automatic car in London is priceless. It’s just one pedal to go and one pedal to stop – using the one foot. However, a major disadvantage of passing a driving test in an automatic is that you are restricted to automatic vehicles only. You’d be breaking the law if you drive a manual car when you possess a driving license for just an automatic car. This can be frustrating if you find yourself in situations where you need to hire or borrow a friend’s car that is a manual. You also benefit from a more efficient range of vehicles – getting your manual licence means your car tends to be cheaper than the automatic version of the same make, because the mechanisms are less complicated and consequently more reliable. Moreover, if you’re planning to drive in icy conditions, then a manual car can offer greater control and so perform better when roads are slippery or dangerous!
Furthermore, with employment that offers a company car, the likelihood is that most of these cars will be manual – but if you hold a license to drive only automatic, it could limit your prospects considerably.