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Barnes Driving School


Deciding whether to learn to drive in an automatic or manual car can be a big decision. Most Barnes driving schools will offer lessons in both types of cars, but you need to think about the benefits and drawbacks of each before you decide.

Drawbacks of driving a manual car

  • you may need more lessons with your Barnes driving school than you would for an automatic car, as you have more to learn
  • the Barnes and SW13 areas can be very busy for traffic, and require you to make quick decisions, and this can be easier if you don’t have to worry about gear changes
  • if not driven properly, a manual car can be less fuel-efficient than an automatic
  • manual car driving tests tend to have lower pass rates – this is because there’s more to fail on.

Advantages of driving a manual car

  • after you’ve passed your test in a manual car, you’ll be licensed to drive both automatic and manual vehicles. This isn’t the case if you have your Barnes driving school lessons in an automatic car
  • you have to concentrate harder to drive a manual car – this could mean you’re more aware of your surroundings than an automatic driver
  • when driven properly, a manual car uses less fuel – your Barnes driving school instructor will help you learn the best fuel-saving techniques.
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