A lot of people choose to learn how to drive automatic vehicles only in the beginning. There are a number of different reasons why this is the case, but mainly it is because people find automatic cars much easier to drive. If you were nervous about learning to drive, you may have felt much more comfortable getting to grips with an automatic car. It may have even been something you are driving instructor advised you to do.
After many years of driving an automatic vehicle, you may have decided that now is the time to make the switch to manual. Perhaps you are getting rid of your car, and your partner drives a manual vehicle? Maybe you want to have more options available to you when you purchase and hire a car? No matter what applies, upgrading to a manual driving licence is a necessity.
Benefits of learning to drive a manual car
There are many benefits associated with learning to drive a manual vehicle, including the following:
- Improved fuel economy – There are a number of reasons why, including the fact that you go neutral in between shifts, which drops fuel consumption, and the transmission weights less. Weight savings equate to fuel savings.
- Greater vehicle choice – You can choose from both manual and automatic vehicles. There is nothing worse than finding the car of your dreams, such as a sleek used Range Rover sport, only to find that it is a manual drive and you’re restricted to automatics!
- Cheaper rental expenses – If you travel regularly and you need to hire a car, you will save a considerable amount of money by renting a manual vehicle.
- You are forced to pay greater attention when driving – Less chance of an accident!
- Save money on maintenance – Not only are manual cars generally cheaper to rent out and buy, but you will save money on maintenance too. Manual cars do not require a costly gasket and oil filter kit like an automatic does and they take less fluid too.
- More power – You will also experience more power, as there is a huge drivetrain loss with an automatic vehicle.
Learning to drive a manual vehicle
You will need to pass a driving test in a manual car if you are to upgrade your automatic vehicle. This is something you can easily do at any time. There is no need to make an application for another provisional licence, nor do you need to take another theory test. However, you do need to follow all of the typical rules that you followed when you first learned to drive. This includes displaying L-plates.
Will you be able to drive an automatic vehicle with a manual licence?
Once you have passed your manual driving test, you will be able to drive cars that have a manual transmission, as well as fully automatic and semi-automatic transmission.
And finally, what happens if you fail your manual driving test?
If you have taken a driving test for a manual vehicle and you have failed, you will still have your full automatic licence, so you can continue to drive automatic transmission vehicles.