Manual or Automatic What’s The Difference
A manual car has a manually operated clutch which engages and disengages the drive wheels with the car’s engine through a gear box. It is operated by a foot pedal along with the throttle and brake pedals. When depressed the clutch pedal allows the drive wheels to be disengaged from the engine so that a different gear can be selected before re-engaging the wheels with the engine by releasing the clutch pedal. Just like a geared bicycle needs to change gear to allow the cyclist to pedal at a comfortable rate the gears on a car allow the engine to work at a comfortable rate.
An automatic car changes its gearing automatically as demanded by the increasing/decreasing loads on the engine. They do not have clutch pedals to worry about so are a little less complex to operate. This may be ideal for anyone who has tried lessons in a manual car and are having difficulties managing the gears or for those who face extra challenges and are physically unable to operate a manual car.
Learning to drive and passing your test in an automatic car does not allow you to drive a manual car. Learning to drive and passing your test in a manual car gives the added flexibility of driving automatics too.
At TRSSL we are able to cater for learners in manual cars. If there is a compelling reason, you have an automatic and wish to learn and take your tests in your own car please get in touch and we will accommodate your request.