Automatic Vehicle vs Manual Vehicle for the Drivers Licence Test

Automatic Vehicle vs Manual Vehicle for the Drivers Licence Test

Automatic Vehicle vs Manual Vehicle for the Drivers Licence Test

Finally the time has come for you to start your practical driver training and you have the tough decision of having to choose between an automatic car or a manual car for your driver’s license test. How do you possible make a decision? Both has their perks for sure, so this is what you need to consider.

The very first time you get behind the wheel, a few things will certainly happen. You might have difficulty move off, keeping clutch control or even stopping successfully with a manual vehicle. Your nerves might be shot and you could freak out a little. It`s all part of the learning process. Most beginner drivers experience some of these symptoms or all of them at one point or another. It`s a sure fact that if you have someone to guide you through that already somewhat new and challenging process who can explain, demonstrate and verbalize what you should or shouldn`t do with each vehicle control, it sure does make a huge difference. A Driving Instructor will communicate clearly how you should use each control in in which manner. This will help to learn quickly and to gain confidence at the same time.

If you have the option – start with an automatic vehicle. This will give you the opportunity to focus on your basic driving skills, positioning on the road, turning judgement and traffic control. Then at a later stage you can switch over to a manual vehicle where things will get a little bit more advanced.

If you are considering doing your driver’s licence test with an automatic vehicle you need to know that you will be restricted to ONLY drive an automatic vehicle once you’ve passed your driver’s license test. If you want to switch to a manual vehicle driver’s license, you will have to redo your learners licence and drivers licence test with a manual vehicle. This is why you need to distinguish beforehand what vehicle you want to be able to drive after obtaining your driver’s license.

Can you say with absolute certainty that you will never get into a situation where you might have to drive a manual car? Be sure to make a decision looking at your long term goals. However, if you do decide to do your driver’s test with a manual vehicle – you will be allowed to drive an automatic AND a manual vehicle.

The most common reason why students would consider to do the automatic vehicle drivers license, is because they are afraid to ‘’roll’’ with the manual vehicle and fail the driver’s license test. On the examination test sheet a ‘’roll’’ is considered as an immediate fail. A ‘’roll’’ means that whenever you want to move off from a stationary position, whether it`s forward or backwards the vehicle is not allowed to move in the opposite direction. For instance, when you select the first gear the vehicle needs to move forward and when selecting the reverse gear the vehicle needs to move backwards. The vehicle must move in the direction the gear is selected! Any movement to the opposite direction will result in a disqualification. That is why clutch control is such an important part of your test.

With proper training and guidance you can master the manual vehicle and get your driver’s licence without being restricted to only driving an automatic vehicle.

Be sure to understand how each control works and you will gain confidence quickly as you keep on practicing. Short but frequent driving sessions are usually better that long sessions not so frequent.

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