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Is it Easier to Pass an Automatic Driving Test?


Everything You Need to Know

Few things come with as much pressure to succeed as a driving test, and learner drivers everywhere are looking for ways to pass it more easily. One question that we hear a lot is ‘Is it easier to pass an automatic driving test?’. Let’s look at that in more detail, along with how we can help you gain your driver’s licence with our driving lessons in Clacton.

Automatic vs. Manual: What’s the Difference?

First of all, what is the difference between manual and automatic? Automatic cars don’t require the driver to manually shift gears. They feature an automatic gearbox that handles gear changes. Manual cars, on the other hand, require the driver to manually operate a clutch pedal and shift gears. This involves more complex coordination between the feet and hands, whereas learners taking the automatic driving test will only need to focus on steering, braking, and accelerating.

What to Consider

When determining whether it will be easier for you to pass an automatic driving test, there are several factors for you to consider:

  • Simplicity of Gear Changes: In automatic cars, the vehicle handles gear changes. This simplicity can help learners focus more on their overall driving skills.
  • Reducing Stress: The absence of gear-shifting and clutch work in automatic vehicles can reduce stress and anxiety during the driving test.
  • Faster Learning Curve: Learning to drive an automatic car can often be quicker and more straightforward, which can translate into learners feeling more confident and capable when taking their driving test.
  • Health Considerations: Some individuals with physical limitations may find it easier and more practical to opt for an automatic transmission, as it places fewer physical demands on the driver.

It’s important to note that passing a driving test, whether you are in an automatic or manual vehicle, ultimately depends on how well you have prepared and your understanding of the rules of the road. That’s where we come in!

Our Driving Lessons

Here at Nayland Driving School, we offer automatic driving lessons alongside our manual sessions. Our experienced instructors are here to guide you through the learning process, help you build confidence, and prepare you for a successful driving test, no matter which option you choose.

Passing your test in an automatic vehicle still requires dedication, but you may find that the lack of changing gears yourself better suits your driving style – which in turn could aid you in passing your test. When you choose to learn with us, we’re happy to talk to you and after finding out more, point you in the direction of the right kind of driving lessons for you. Whether you end up pursuing automatic or manual learning, you can count on first-class tuition and support every step of the way. We have a great first-time pass rate too!

We’re Here to Help

Whether it’s easier to pass an automatic driving test depends on each individual learner – and here at Nayland Driving School, we excel in providing each learner driver with an experience that is tailored to their skill, experience and preferences. So why not get in touch to find out more today?

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I was taught by Geoff for about 2 months and I went to my test and passed the first time with this company and I would highly recommend Geoff and the company ad he teaches really well, he ensures that you end up being a driver and not a learner and i felt that is a really respectable quality when it comes to a teacher. I could not say any bad experience and was extremely happy

Alen Thomas

For any one wanting to learn to drive but not sure who to go with I definitely recommend Nayland, with his great help I passed first time and in just over three months, the lessons were great I always looked forward to them as Michael is a lovely guy and very down to earth, and up for a laugh 🙂 but he is also very patient for any one who is nervous about driving. 🙂

Harriet Osborn Davies

Thanks a lot to Dave, very calm and professional instructor. Passed after 20h, would definitely recommend.

Mikolaj Witkowski

I passed my test first time, I didn’t need to use any other instructor as Michael gave me all the advice I needed, down to earth, practical and easy to understand. While learning to drive can be stressful, Micheal made it so easy for me. I enjoyed learning and looked forward to the lessons as they were really enjoyable, if you want to learn to drive with someone that will make it enjoyable and practical Micheal is the guy! guy.

Peter Callaghan

Before having Michael as a driving instructor I was with someone else! I was given his number through a recommendation, and his lessons gave me the confidence to pass my test! Michael has great prices and deals, to suit anyone! I have now been driving a year, and I have recommended many people to go with him and they have gone on to pass very fast! 🙂

Amy Cowlin

Massive thanks to Suzanne! Amazing instructor! Helped to boost my confidence and pass my test quickly! Highly recommend!

Tom Clarke