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    • truewraith121
    • By truewraith121 12th Sep 17, 6:35 PM
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    whats Average amount of driving lessons needed to learn an automatic?
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    • 12th Sep 17, 6:35 PM
    whats Average amount of driving lessons needed to learn an automatic? 12th Sep 17 at 6:35 PM
    hi

    just starting to learn to drive but going for automatic in the hope to learn quicker but wondered whats the estimate amount of lessons needed and how often do people take lessons because 2 lessons a week seams not enough. I know everyone is different but just trying to get as much info as i can.

    thanks very much in advance
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    • wgl2014
    • By wgl2014 12th Sep 17, 6:43 PM
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    Piece of string. How long is it? I would suggest asking your instructor as they will know where you are at now.

    Are you happy to only be able to drive an automatic car?
    • I have spoken
    • By I have spoken 12th Sep 17, 6:50 PM
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    >going for automatic in the hope to learn quicker<

    Unless for medical reasons, could be a false economy when an automatic-only license will be a hassle for rental cars, driving other cars on 3rd party insurance and one day you'll need to bit the bullet and upgrade it by passing another driving test in a manual car.
    • Iceweasel
    • By Iceweasel 12th Sep 17, 6:59 PM
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    You won't learn any quicker on an automatic.
    • truewraith121
    • By truewraith121 12th Sep 17, 7:43 PM
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    well ok no worries, thanks all the same
    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 12th Sep 17, 7:47 PM
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    If you're having two 1 hour lessons try a single two hour lesson instead.
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    • Mobeer
    • By Mobeer 12th Sep 17, 7:51 PM
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    I've always been told to allow 1 hour for each year of your age, plus lots of private practice once so progress has been made with an instructor. Not sure if that changes for an automatic; I doubt it.
    • cjdavies
    • By cjdavies 12th Sep 17, 8:11 PM
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    It depends if you pass or not on test day.

    I don't you can learn any quicker, as I assume you still have to do the same as a manual - 3 point turn, reverse parking etc.
    Last edited by cjdavies; 12-09-2017 at 8:13 PM.
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 12th Sep 17, 8:15 PM
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    just starting to learn to drive but going for automatic in the hope to learn quicker
    Originally posted by truewraith121
    Since you are opting for the easier option, I would guess you will have lower than average confidence, so it could take longer.

    • AdrianC
    • By AdrianC 12th Sep 17, 8:34 PM
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    Are you happy to only be able to drive an automatic car?
    Originally posted by wgl2014
    That's much less of an issue these days, with a very wide variety of two-pedal cars in all sizes rapidly becoming the default.

    TBH, it's probably only really going to be an issue if the OP ever needs to hire a van, or fancies driving a classic car.

    You won't learn any quicker on an automatic.
    Originally posted by Iceweasel
    Depends. If the OP finds clutch control and gear selection particularly difficult, then it'll speed it up a chunk. They're normally not that serious compared to the important stuff - playing nicely with other traffic - though some may have a specific problem.
    • wgl2014
    • By wgl2014 12th Sep 17, 8:40 PM
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    That's much less of an issue these days, with a very wide variety of two-pedal cars in all sizes rapidly becoming the default.

    TBH, it's probably only really going to be an issue if the OP ever needs to hire a van, or fancies driving a classic car.


    Depends. If the OP finds clutch control and gear selection particularly difficult, then it'll speed it up a chunk. They're normally not that serious compared to the important stuff - playing nicely with other traffic - though some may have a specific problem.
    Originally posted by AdrianC
    Whilst I don't disagree totally there are still far more manual cars than autos. If it's not an issue for the OP then fine, if they may want or need a manual in the future then best consider it now. An example would be if they would ever drive a works vehicle as in general these would have a manual box.
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 12th Sep 17, 9:55 PM
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    Learn to drive in a stick shift. Learn to drive in the largest car you can get lessons in.

    Then you'll be able to do it, and you won't ever have to apologise for not being able to do it.

    Manuals are so much easier to drive than they used to be (I have a 40 year old MGB...). Just do it.
    • silverwhistle
    • By silverwhistle 14th Sep 17, 1:55 PM
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    Do you ride a bike or motorbike? Having roadsense helps. I didn't learn until I was 28 and had 6 hours of lessons (4 x1.5) and some practice with a friend and passed first time. Having ridden a small motorbike helped, I think.
    • movilogo
    • By movilogo 14th Sep 17, 2:49 PM
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    For most learners, usually automatic means faster to learn. I know people struggled with manual and then passed easily in automatic.

    Being restricted to driving auto only is not a big deal. Most people will never drive anything other than their own cars.

    Regarding car hire, it is not an issue either. I have manual license, but when I hire cars in mainland Europe I always hire automatics because can't be bothered to change gears with wrong hand

    I learnt in manual, but once I bought an auto, I'd never go back to a manual.

    So yes, if you want to learn in automatic, just go for it.
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    • Shaka_Zulu
    • By Shaka_Zulu 14th Sep 17, 3:41 PM
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    Learning to drive is about practice and confidence and you get that by driving with family, friends etc. The instructor is there to teach the rules mainly

    OP just get out driving at every opportunity and you will know when you are nearly ready and your instructor will confirm.
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    • aardvaak
    • By aardvaak 14th Sep 17, 4:01 PM
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    I had 4 lessons (2 of them on the day of the test) and I passed 1st time in a manual car.
    • wymondham
    • By wymondham 14th Sep 17, 4:22 PM
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    You won't learn any quicker on an automatic.
    Originally posted by Iceweasel
    Not necessarily true. My son was learning to drive but was have real issues with gears/clutch control etc, so much so it was distracting him from actually driving. He switched to lessons in an automatic and got on well, going on for a test and passed (2nd time!).....
    • truewraith121
    • By truewraith121 15th Sep 17, 3:31 PM
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    huge thanks for that and that is also i massive confidence boost in what you said and yeah i start my auto lessons next week and im going to stick with it despite some saying i should learn manual which i couldnt get used to and resulted in me never learning to drive until now as i thought i was going to succeed when i tried with the manual.

    thanks again for all the input
    Last edited by truewraith121; 15-09-2017 at 3:40 PM.
    • wymondham
    • By wymondham 15th Sep 17, 5:21 PM
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    Excellent. don't worry too much about not learning manual, as the way things are going is automatic...
    • spiro
    • By spiro 16th Sep 17, 11:46 AM
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    huge thanks for that and that is also i massive confidence boost in what you said and yeah i start my auto lessons next week and im going to stick with it despite some saying i should learn manual which i couldnt get used to and resulted in me never learning to drive until now as i thought i was going to succeed when i tried with the manual.

    thanks again for all the input
    Originally posted by truewraith121
    Maybe have several lessons in an auto to build up your confidence on the roads and they try a lesson or 2 in a manual. That way there are less new things to learn and you may get along ok. Just a thought.
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