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Learn to Drive an Automatic Car

Although most people choose to learn to drive in a manual, automatic cars are increasingly common, especially popular with learners that have difficulties with gears or have limited mobility. 

When you pass a driving test in a manual car and gain a full driving licence you have the choice of driving either a manual or automatic but pass a test in an automatic then you are restricted to an automatic car only. 

Only larger driving schools like Automatic Pass School of Motoring have a wide availability of automatic vehicles with dual controls. 

Automatic Pass Car and Gears
Automatic Pass Car and Gears
If you have ever driven a car with an automatic transmission, then you know that there are two big differences between an automatic transmission and a manual transmission, if you haven't then you will need to know

There is no clutch pedal or gear lever in an automatic transmission car but instead a selector.  Once you put the transmission into drive, everything else is automatic therefore, it's a much simpler task and means you can give more of your attention to what's happening on the road. 

A common layout of an automatic gear selector is:

  • P - Park - this locks all the gears and should be used when stationary. 
  • R - Reverse
  • N - Neutral - No gear is selected. 
  • D - Drive - This is used for driving forward. 
  • L - Lock- safety feature. 
  • 1 - First Gear - Slow moving traffic. 
  • 2 - Second Gear - Down hill

Note: Some automatic cars may have extra selections than those shown above

Your first few driving lessons:

On your first driving lesson, you'll be given a copy of Automatic Pass School of Motoring progress record.  This logbook will help you to keep a record of your theory and driving progress.  This helps your instructor to tailor your driving lessons to a plan, based on your progress.  You'll be able to see how well you're doing, and how near to test standard you are.  We may give you a call after your first driving lessons to make sure you're happy with everything. 

So that you feel more comfortable behind the wheel your driving lessons will be in suitable locations so that you can get to grips with the car and build confidence. 

The Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recommend that learners typically have about 43 hours of professional driving lessons and another 25 hours of practice to be ready for the driving test.  With the huge increase in the volume of traffic on the roads, you may need more driving lessons now than was necessary in the past. 

How many lessons per week?

When enquiring about driving lessons, check how long they are.  Some driving lessons seem so much cheaper than others because you're being quoted for forty-five minutes, rather than an hour.  We are happy to tailor lessons around you, so this may be for the traditional 1 hour lesson or perhaps 11/2 or 2 hours. 

Depending upon your circumstances, you might consider an intensive driving course, when you can learn in anything from a week to a couple of months.  We can offer courses for those that need just a few lessons quickly having just failed a test perhaps or a more complete course for the complete beginner.  These can range from 6-50 hours as a guide

The option of how often is yours.  The instructor will be happy to advise as necessary.  Make a booking online or telephone our local landline numbers.