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Manual vs Automatic (How To Drive Each)
One of the choices you need to make before taking your driving test is whether you want to drive a manual or automatic car. In this guide, we’re explaining the differences between driving a manual and automatic.
What is an automatic car, and how does it differ from driving a manual?
Automatic is a relatively new kind of driving experience that eliminates the need to manage the clutch and gearbox like you would with a manual.
Instead, the car automatically shifts the gears to appropriately match your speed. In an automatic car, you won’t have a clutch pedal or a traditional gearbox. Instead, you’ll have a gear-lever that allows you to place your car into ‘Drive’ or ‘Reverse’ depending on whether you want to drive forwards or backwards. You still have an accelerator and brake which gives you control over your speed, but when it comes to gear changes, the automatic car has it covered for you for a smoother, more relaxed driving experience.
How do you drive a manual car?
The manual car offers a more traditional driving experience. To drive a manual car, you put your foot on the clutch pedal and place your gear into 1st position or reverse. To move from a complete standstill you have to lift the clutch pedal slightly, press down on the acceleration slightly and release your handbrake. It is also possible to ride on the clutch in slow-moving situations. As you can see, driving a manual car is slightly more complex than an automatic.
Which is the right option for me – automatic or manual?
Automatic cars tend to be more expensive than manual models, so if you’re thinking about learning to drive an automatic, you’ll want to do a little research to check that you can afford to buy an automatic car once you’ve passed your test.
Another thing to bear in mind is that a manual car would be a lot more difficult to transfer to than an automatic. This is because you won’t know how to and when to change gear.
However, as mentioned earlier, automatic cars are often considered easier to drive.