Driving is a complicated business and you really need to have your wits about you if you’re not to get involved in one scrape after another.
Not only do you have to keep tabs on what’s going on around you but you’ve also got to ensure that you’re sticking to the speed limit, positioned correctly on the road, looking well ahead and in the right gear.
But what if your car could help you out with some of this stuff? Well it can – at least the bit about being in the correct gear. As long as you drive an automatic.
If you’re struggling to make progress with your driving lessons, taking the automatic route might just be the answer to your prayers
An increasing number of car buyers are choosing an automatic (otherwise known as an auto) because it sorts out all that tedious gear changing malarkey for you.
As a result you can never be in the wrong gear, and when you get stuck in traffic you’re not constantly feeding the clutch in and out; you have just two pedals instead of three (accelerator and brake, or stop and go), which doesn’t half make things easier.
So if you’re struggling to make progress with your driving lessons, taking the automatic route might just be the answer to your prayers. Or it might not…
Not only will passing your driving test in an automatic mean you’ll be restricted to driving autos only (unless you later pass a test in a manual-gearbox car), but you’ll also be restricted with which cars you can buy.
An increasing number of small cars are now available with an automatic gearbox but they tend to be rarer, more costly to buy and less economical.
But if going for an automatic means the difference between you getting your licence and not getting your licence, it’s a bit of a no-brainer really.