Should I learn to Drive in a Manual or Automatic car?

We often have students call our office and ask “Should I learn to drive in a manual or Automatic car?”

Our answer:

Getting your manual licence means that you can drive both Automatic and Manual cars. This is extremely helpful if you have friends or family members who own manual cars and you may need to drive their car one day out of necessity. We recommend manual driving lessons to anyone who may be looking to work in the following occupations:

  • Ambulance officer
  • Paramedic
  • Police
  • Fire and Rescue
  • Mining (includes reception and office work)
  • Transport Industry
  • Delivery Drivers
  • Care/Support Workers
  • Tradespersons

 

We also highly recommend manual licences to those people who may be aspiring to live/travel in Europe. Most vehicles in Europe are manual even at car hire companies.

Having said all of that, more than 60% of Western Australians own and drive automatic cars. There is certainly a trend towards automatic over manual in the last 10 years. Some people need to get a licence as quickly as possible and for those people we recommend automatic. On average a learner driver practicing in a manual car would need around 3 more lessons than an automatic learner driver.

 

We hope that helps answer your question!

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