What should I consider when learning to drive in a Manual?
It is a good question, so on this page we will explain the pros and cons of learning to drive and passing your test in a Manual car.
In a Manual vehicle you are in full control of the vehicle's gears, and the decision to select the appropriate gear for the road ahead. You will have to learn to use the clutch so you can change gear smoothly and correctly.
Clutch control is a fine art and can take a while to master when you are just beginning to learn to drive, but with plenty of practice you will soon be shifting through the gear box in no time.
One hurdle a lot of new drivers worry about is stalling (causing the engine to stop running), whilst this can be a hazard to you and other road users, stalling isn’t necessarily a fail in your test as it really depends on where you stall and how you recover from the stall. We help you overcome stalling and teach you how to recover from it safely.
To help you decide if a manual is for you, first ask yourself how engaging you want to be with your driving and what sort of driving you are likely to do?
If you will be doing lots of long distance travel or rural journeys then a manual may be your better option as it may offer you a more engaging and rewarding drive.
If you live and/or travel in a city, by the nature of city driving you will experience what is known as "stop start driving", whereby you are regularly having to stop and move off again in traffic. You will be pushing a clutch down and selecting an appropriate gear in a manual car, which some drivers find tiresome, whereas in an automatic the car will do all that work for you, making your city driving less of a grind so to speak.
Manual transmissions are old technology, and even the car manufacturers are producing more automatics now than ever before, particularly with the rapidly growing market for electric vehicles.
All of our training is delivered on a one-to-one basis, we use a structured client centred approach to your training in three manageable stages: Learn, Develop and Master
REWARDING, ENGAGING, CONTROL
Manuals generally require less maintenance because they have a less complex design than automatics. Repairs tend to be significantly cheaper – unless the clutch goes.
You will have a greater choice of cars too, when coming to buy one, as manual cars are cheaper to purchase compared to their auto counterpart.
And or course the biggest advantage is that if you are licensed to drive a manual car in the UK, you are allowed to drive an automatic vehicle on public roads.
Above all the most important thing is to choose what you feel most comfortable with.