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What is the Difference between Automatic and Manual Driving Lessons?

When it comes to car driving, the chance of choosing automatic transmission cars is more over manual cars. In manual cars, we have to change the gears, apply clutch and brakes manually. And this type of learning is considered in every driving school in spite of rising popularity of the automatic cars. The main motive behind this manual car learning is – ‘if we choose to learn automatic driving, then in our license the “manual” won’t be mentioned’. So driving schools initially give courses related to manual driving. However, later on, when a student becomes an expert in manual driving, he/she proceeded for the combined course of both automatic and manual driving lessons. By this, a student will learn to drive both automatic and manual cars. As we know, the automatic transmission doesn’t help a driver at the time of emergency or instant stop, like in the case of accidents, mishaps or in any unexpected situation. At that time, we have to apply the brake and clutch manually to stop the car. So when learning to drive, it is better to learn both automatic and manual car driving.


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Although the automatic driving is easier where we need to just accelerate the car, rest all things like braking, clutch and gears would perform automatically. But, if we learn both the course at the same time, we probably will drive any car either it is automatic or manual. In order to learn both manual and automatic driving, we, first of all, must know the difference between two. Here we explain the basic differences of two by considering automatic and manual driving lessons.

1- Driving a Car: In manual cars, there are three pedals; accelerator, brake, and clutch. While driving a car, we change the gears in order to increase the speed. A gear change in manual driving occurs with the help of gearstick and clutch. And to stop the car, we need to apply the brake using brake pedals. But, in automatic driving, the car uses self-shifting. So when pressing the accelerator pedal, the speed, gear shifting (internally), clutch, braking (in a case of emergency) will perform automatically. These things will be covered by the instructor in automatic and manual driving lessons.

2- Reversing a Car: In Manual cars, the clutch and accelerator both are used to maintain speed while reversing a car. However, in automatic driving, the use of accelerator is enough to reverse the car (after the reverse button is pressed). The automatic cars also have the back cameras (and a screen on the car dashboard) which helps us to view back side while reversing the car. An instructor first teaches the students, the reversing of manual transmission cars and then proceeded to the automatic car.

3- Parking a Car: In manual cars, the word ‘parking’ exactly means to park a car. But, here we consider the use of ‘Park Button’ that lets the automatic car to remain in the same place. In automatic cars, the park button won’t turn off the car when we foot-off from the brakes and the car will stay at the same position (neutral mode and brake automatically apply here). However, in manual cars, in order to park the car, we first need to move the gear to neutral mode, and then apply the hand brake for no movement of the car.

4- Car Sensors: This feature is only applicable for automatic cars. And the car will automatically apply the brake with the use of sensors in case of emergencies. The situations when this feature applies are ‘before any impact’, ‘any car in front applies the instant brake’, ‘at accidents just in front of us’ and all emergency conditions. However, the efficiency of these sensors can’t be calculated, as they are just electronic circuits. Now, with the manual transmission car, we have to stay focused on the road and keep ourselves safe. And, if we consider the automatic and manual driving lessons, all the safety measures including safe driving tips are explained to the learners with practical classes.

Basically, we have noticed that both automatic and manual driving is useful. Both have their own explanations and eventually, both stands equally in features (manual features applicable for expert drivers only). So, if you have any questions about automatic and manual driving lessons, or would like to become an expert driver, just log on to today!

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