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What You Should Consider Before Learning How To Drive

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Learning how to drive is a very important skill that serves many practical purposes. When you know how to drive, you can operate vehicles that are capable of transporting you and your passengers, to and fro long distances, which might not be commutable on foot or public transport. Before you learn how to drive, give the below considerations a serious thought!

Choosing between your parents and professional driving instructors

Can your parents keep cool under stressful situations? Can they patiently and calmly guide you when you make mistakes on the road? If it�s a yes to both, they are probably the right driving instructors for you. Some teens may prefer to learn how to drive from a close one, as they enjoy spending more family time rather than having a formal lesson.

If your family and relatives can�t set aside time to coach you, you may want to consider going for formal driving lessons with an external driving instructor. When you learn how to drive, you will require someone who is willing to dedicate their full attention and time to coach you. Having previous teaching experiences also helps to prevent a student from learning the wrong things. Cultivating good driving habits from the start, is the key to success. Some teens may also prefer to learn from a systematic approach, gradually building up their confidence to be on the road.

Instructors can also help to determine whether one is ready for a test or not. Preventing the trainee from taking the test while unprepared, which could be the detriment to their self-confidence?

Learning to drive an automatic/manual transmission car

There are definitely pros and cons, when you choose to learn either transmission. Knowing what they are, can help you weigh your options better and choose what is best for you.

  • Automatic cars

The main advantage of driving automatic cars is that it does not require you to handle additional gears that are usually found in manual cars. Some people may find it a hassle to deal with an additional clutch pedal and do manual gear changes when they are driving. The amount of driving lessons that you have to attend, is also significantly lesser. You may consider driving an automatic car to progressively build up your confidence before tackling the busy roads of Melbourne, Australia, with a manual car.

The only bad thing about driving automatic cars is that, you are restricted only to the aforementioned. You may find it impossible to drive a manual car legally. If you want to drive a manual car, you are required by law to upgrade your skills respectively and pass a manual driving test.

  • Manual cars

After learning how to drive cars in manual transmissions, also known as driving a stick shift, it allows you to drive both automatic and manual cars in the future. It makes life much easier when you need to drive a friend�s car or co-own a car. Manual cars are also easier to maintain and fuel efficient. Car parts don�t have to be changed as regularly, if road conditions are ideal. If you are fan of vintage sport cars such as an old Porsche 944 Turbo, it only comes in manual transmissions. The cons of driving a manual car are minor and some people just need more time to get used to it.