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Manual or Automatic driving lessons?

FIVESTAR Driver Training can offer both manual and automatic driving lessons.

So what’s best, which do you choose. Below we have listed the pro’s and cons to help you decide.

Manual Car


With a manual car the driver selects the required gear to use, this means the engine can be used more efficiently and therefore fuel consumption is improved.

Manual cars are cheaper to buy. To run and maintain

When you pass your driving test in a manual car you can legally drive both manual and automatic cars


To be able to change gear the driver needs to use a clutch which is operated using a foot pedal, therefore the driver needs to be able to co-ordinate the use of the accelerator, brake and clutch foot pedals together

Automatic Car


With an automatic car the driver has no input to the gear selection as this is done by the car as the driver accelerates/ decelerates. The driver only has to use one foot for either accelerator or brake pedal, therefore there is less co-ordination needed


As the driver has no control as to which gear is selected this means that the car is less fuel efficient and therefore fuel consumption is increased.

Automatic cars are more expensive to buy, run and maintain

When you pass your driving test in an automatic car you can only legally drive automatic cars

Still not sure?

We would advise you try a manual car first. Be aware that it can take up to 15 hours of practice to become competent with the co-ordination and use of gears so don’t give up too early, the vast majority do succeed.

If you have learning difficulties or have a disability then automatic may be better for you.

If you would like any further help or information then please do not hesitate to contact us, we would be pleased to help you