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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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Crucial Things to Know about Driving Lessons in Peterborough

The driving lessons initially make the learners anxious as they don’t know what to do while driving. And, if they are beginners, then the driving is more difficult for them. Generally, beginners are seen in the Driving Schools. We shall imagine that the learners know nothing about the driving and this is the same way a driving school sees a student who visits them to learn driving. And teach them driving lessons before giving any practical classes.

Exactly, what is happening to the learners is that they become more dependent on the Driving schools and won’t take any initiative from their own side to learn driving. We know this dependency never make the learner an expert driver. And sometimes, this case become vice-versa i.e. instructors becomes lazy. The instructors are basically called trainers, but in most of the driving schools, we won’t find a trainer there, only just a driver. These instructors sit beside the learners and won’t teach them what exactly the lessons cover, rather they just tell to drive only.  And eventually, the learners never cover the whole driving lessons with the help of driving instructors. If we consider the above, the Driving lessons in Peterborough are worthier. It not only provides a better course for driving but also helps learners to experience those situations which they might face in the future while driving.

Here we discuss some of the crucial things that My Driving Lessons has included while providing a driving course in Peterborough:


The Instructor teaches theory classes.
Explains all basic driving tips.
Ask anything about driving to the Instructor.

Explaining vehicle

Explain about the vehicle and its working – switch-on, no. of gears (5or6), automatic or manual mechanism, how to accelerate, braking etc.
Turning on indicators, lamps and other lights inside and outside the car.
Adjusting seats while driving.
Carry First aid box along with you while going for a drive.

Safe Practicing

Wear seatbelts before driving.
Do what instructor tells while learning.
Drive on the right-most lane of the Road.
Keep away the items that distract your mind like mobile phone, food items etc.
Keep the car at minimum speed while driving (for beginners).

Sign Boards on Roads

Explain about all the sign boards.
Explains where the sign boards are placed on the road.
Problems and solutions if not obeyed any sign board.

Driving Focus

Concentrate 100% on driving.
Ignore phone calls and other electronic devices while driving.
Keep an eye on each and every sign boards.
Slow down your vehicle at crossing or merging.

Defensive Driving

Keep a distance between vehicles in front of you.
Explain about the driving awareness for safety like look what other drivers do, motorists etc to prevent an accident.
Prepare you how to drive in different weather conditions.

Brief of Traffic Laws

Obey all the roads signs and boards
Keep a way to ambulance and fire tenders.
Do not park your vehicle on the road. Park at parking zones.

After Accident tips

Check both car’s passengers and pedestrians or whoever met in an accident with you, whether they are fine or not.
Call 911, if situations are not under control.
Stay inside the car on Highways.
Use first aid box if minor injuries.

We believe you may come across with the above things in your driving course. These not only helps you to learn driving but also make you an expert driver in future. The Driving lessons are the most simplistic way to teach driving, as this explains everything about driving. We know there are plenty of challenges waiting for you and for that the above things are enough.

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  • 3 to 4 week course
  • Automatic driving lessons
  • Manual driving lessons
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How to overcome Fear of Driving on Highways

‘Highway’ – the word itself tells us that it is a long way where we can’t imagine how fast the vehicles move. Generally, on highways, the speed limit of the vehicles is more than 80 mph (miles per hour) where it includes cars, buses and trucks. No wonder, the experienced drivers drive their vehicles at the mentioned speed (approx. 80mph) or more than that without any anxiety.  However, the anxiety remains with those who are beginners or never had any experience in Highway driving. For them, it is like a daunting thing, which they ignore rather than facing it.

On highway, every vehicle moves at high speed and a single mistake could create mishap or crash. Due to this, the fear of driving on highways grows and those who fear become incapable of overcoming this. We must understand that for driving on Highways, a good level of driving skills is needed, and a maneuver of both manual and Automatic Driving Lessons will help us to some extent with safe driving tips. And if we talk about those who have Driving Phobia on Highways, then they definitely need to know how to overcome the fear of driving on Highways.


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In this article, we have divided our tips into two parts. In the first part, we have mentioned some tips that will make you ready before heading to the Highway and in the second part; we have mentioned the tips that will overcome fears while driving on the Highway. These tips will also help you to improve the mistakes that are often made while driving on local streets or on Highways.

At the first stage, we have mentioned the things that must be looked upon before heading towards a Highway. 

  • Learn Defensive Driving

In order to overcome fear, there’s one thing that we first need to make sure about driving- it must be safe and defensive. A defensive driving makes us aware of the surroundings like alertness, driving in weather conditions, control speed etc. This also encourages us to drive safely on streets. Our response time in observing and hearing while driving will also get improved and likewise, the level of driving skills will also increase. If we talk about the beginners, their initial stage is to learn driving first, however, in case of those who have Driving Phobia on Highways, one word must be introduced in between “Learn Driving” i.e. Learn Defensive Driving. In Peterborough (cathedral city in Cambridgeshire, England), the driving schools help beginners to Learn Defensive Driving. The reason why this place is mentioned here is because the Automatic Driving Schools here offer their own set of driving courses where the students pass from a level, which enables them to overcome fear while driving. Having someone with us who has better knowledge about the driving will decrease the level of fear.

  • Comprehensive Car Knowledge

While driving a car or vehicle, we must know about the things that we use while driving. A car basically has brakes, steering, gears etc. which we often use while driving. Moreover, the related things like mirrors, headlamps, etc. must be known before starting to drive on Highways. A proper knowledge about the car and the things that are included while driving will assure us that we will not make any mistake while driving.

We must carry the right tools, Stephanie and car jacks in case of emergencies like car break-down, tyre punctures etc.

  • Understanding Road Lanes

Another thing that we need to take care is the Road lanes. If we look at a normal road, we may see there are several lanes and being knowledgeable about these lanes would be beneficial. Mostly, a road has three lanes and those are:

  1. 1st  Lane- The rightmost one is for the slow-moving vehicles.
  2. 2nd Lane- The left one beside the first lane is for the medium speeding vehicles. This includes bikes, vans, and trucks.
  3. 3rd Lane- The last one beside the second one is the most dangerous and it is for the fast moving vehicles, those vehicles whose speed is more than 80mph use this lane.
  • Road Signs & Markings

Sometimes, ignoring a road sign could also lead to an accident. All the road signs must be known as they indicate what one must do and do not while driving. Furthermore, the violation of traffic rules is also a legal offense. So make sure, you know about all the road signs. A better solution for this is to prefer Driving Schools; in their driving course, we can learn all the road signs.

We believe that the above tips have developed some sort of encouragement to those who have Driving Phobia on Highways. Now, it’s time to drive miles away i.e. Highway driving. Here are the things that will help us to overcome the fear of driving on Highways i.e. the Second stage.

  • Merging Highway

The Highway merging is always threatening, as it connects a road to the Highway without any stopping signals, but yes we may see a warning signal which blinks in yellow or orange color and this is just a warning for merge or interception road ahead. At Merging, we are just about to enter the highway where the cars move at high speed. We, first of all, must assure that while heading to Highway we are not going to intercept into any vehicle’s path. As the vehicles won’t stop on the Highway, and we need to move our vehicle in such a way that, we could pass to 1st lane safely. No matter which hour it is, peak hours or non-peak, if we successfully move our vehicle to the 1st lane after merging road, then we are at the safe place as the vehicles move slowly on this lane.

  • Changing Lanes

This is yet another step which one needs to do while on the highway. This is again threatening and stressful, and in heavy traffic, it won’t be possible for those who have fear. In this case, the best thing we can do is, use the mirrors and turn on the left indicator. An indicator blinking can be noticed and the cars coming from behind can see it easily as the intensity of an indicator light is high as compared to other lights. And likewise, we can shift to the 2nd lane and increase the speed.

Note: Don’t change the lane suddenly. Take time after turning on the indicator; probably 1 minute, look in the rear view and side mirror and then plan to change the lane.

  • Highway Speed

Now, the third step is to drive at the speed that is faster. Choose the speed which is comfortable for you and can handle the car easily.

For Ex, if you are driving in 50mph and changed the lane and moved to the faster lane where we have to maintain at least 70 mph speed, don’t feel anxious, slowly accelerate the vehicle. If you accelerate it, the vehicles which are at rear side can manage their speed, because your vehicle is going to reach at 70 mph and the rear coming car if, at 80 mph, a slight braking can make its speed equal to your vehicle’s speed and likewise, you can create a comfort zone with a contact speed of 70 mph.

If you are a beginner, then it is better for you to keep the vehicle on the right side. It allows fast moving vehicles to pass away from the faster lane. And, we are also safe. A fear is nothing but our mind’s illusion which may or may not happen, but if we overcome it, then the level of confidence will increase gradually.

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