What to expect on your first automatic driving lesson.
Your first automatic driving lesson in some ways will be similar to a manual driving lesson. We will need to check your provisional driving licence and eyesight. This is done by reading a number plate from 22.5 meters away. We will discuss the learning process and theory tests, talk about safety on the road and then off we go for a practice. This is where the differences between automatic driving lessons and manual driving lessons start. Generally, you will be able to start driving around quicker when taking automatic driving lessons.
What are the differences between Automatic and Manual Driving Lessons?
Of the 5 main skills you will cover when learning to drive, Awareness, Anticipation, Planning, Judgement and Control the only one affect by learning Automatic is Control. However, it has a big knock on affect to all the others. Learning the control aspects of an automatic car is easier than a manual. With no gear changes or clutch control, you can allow yourself t to focus on the other 4 skills more and therefore making them easier to grasp as well.
Take approaching a roundabout for example, you should be assessing the traffic, anticipating and judging its movement. Then planning your entry into the roundabout. This can be tricky at the best of times but becomes a lot easier when you’re not also having to worry, what gear will I need?, when should I change gear?, how should I change gear? and will I get the move off right?
This is the main difference in taking automatic driving lessons, it allows you to focus on being safe and aware of your surroundings rather than gears and clutch control.