Thinking about taking your practical driving test in an automatic car? Then you’re not alone! More and more learner drivers are opting for this, and we’re well-equipped to help them prepare for their test. Is that test special in any way? Do you need to do anything special during your automatic driving lessons? Here’s everything that you need to know before the big day.
The test is the same
The simple answer to ‘Are practical driving tests in automatic cars different?’ is no! You will still have to demonstrate what a learner driver taking a practical driving test would. There are no shortcuts when it comes to passing your test in an automatic car rather than a manually controlled one – which is a common misconception that a lot of people do have. You’ll still have to pass the eyesight and ‘show me, tell me’ tests, tackle a manoeuvre, drive for 30-40 minutes with the direction of your instructor, and then complete 20 minutes of independent driving. You may also be asked to perform an emergency stop.
Getting the right lessons
Whatever kind of vehicle you are taking your driving test in, you’ll want to be preparing yourself with the best possible driving lessons. Here at Nayland Driving School, we provide some of the most highly regarded automatic driving lessons in Essex. Your instructor will guide you from your very first lesson all the way through to your test, showing you how to safely control the automatic car and build your confidence.
Switching from manual to automatic
Have you been learning in a manual car? No problem! One thing that not a lot of learner drivers know is that you can change what car you want to take your test in. So if you have been learning in a manual car but want to make the switch to taking your test in an automatic vehicle, that is something that you can do. Driving instructors are trained to conduct the test in both kinds of car, so no special arrangements need to be made. If you think this could be a good option for you, talk to your driving instructor.
The benefits of automatic
There are a few benefits to taking your driving test in an automatic car, such as:
If you struggle with clutch control
You just want to have one less thing to worry about during your test
You will be able to drive on congested city roads more easily
You have additional needs and an automatic car is the most accessible option
Your driving licence
The only real difference between taking your test in an automatic or manual vehicle is what kind of car you are legally allowed to drive afterwards. If you take your test in an automatic car, then you will only be able to drive those. With so many great automatic cars to choose from out there, whether you are buying new or used, you are sure to be able to find an automatic motor that suits your needs.
Find out more today
If you want to find out more about learning to drive an automatic car, please get in touch today. We’d love to answer all of your questions and then get you booked in for your first lesson as soon as it suits you. Give us a call, and we’ll take it from there!