Learning to drive a manual car is not for everyone, especially in busy cities where shifting gears and clutch control are important aspects of everyday driving. The stop-start nature of driving in areas with a lot of traffic may cause you to have to change gears frequently. This can be aggravating at the best of times, especially if you're just getting used to driving a vehicle. It simply may be easier to live life without the clutch pedal!
Take into account that learning to drive in an automatic is somewhat simpler, and you may complete your lessons at a quicker pace, getting you on the road sooner.
You won't have to master or recall which gear you should be in or when you need to change. It also means you can keep both hands on the wheel, giving you greater control as you learn.
Someone new to driving will typically be up to speed and test ready in fewer amount of lessons, compared to learning to drive in a manual.
It's easier to drive with both hands on the wheel than it is to drive using one. You must constantly take one hand off the steering wheel to change gear in a manual car.
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In your first session, you'll most probably be introduced to a few of the fundamentals, such as setting your seat and mirrors correctly. You'll also learn how to use the handbrake, gears, and, of course, clutch control to secure and steer the car. Nerves are normal in the first driving lesson; don't worry!
While the fundamentals are similar for most people in their first practical driving lesson, what follows after that is bound to be different for everyone, as everyone learns at a different pace, and some students may have prior driving experience.
It's an exciting feeling when you receive your provisional license in the post. Unfortunately, though, it's not valid until your 17th birthday, however, you can still book driving lessons in advance. Just make sure they fall on or after your birthday so you can start driving legally! Make sure to take your license with you to your first driving lesson so your instructor can confirm your eligibility.
The government website states that you do not have to pass your theory test before taking driving lessons, but you must pass the test before taking your practical test. However, many driving instructors encourage their students to start studying for the theory test either before or while they are learning with them. This can help students familiarise themselves with road markings, signs, and the right of way, but it is not usually required. To apply for a provisional driving licence, you can do so online on the government website.