• Manual or Automatic

  • Should I learn Manual or Automatic?

    If you have a manual licence you can drive both a manual and automatic vehicle on the road. If you have an automatic licence you can only drive an automatic vehicle on the road.

    Manual licences may help in matters of employment or in emergency situations where you can drive friends vehicles that are manual.  It may also give you a greater choice when selecting a car to buy. By having a manual licence you can drive a wider selection of 4WD vehicles, vans and utes and most trucks, buses and coaches are still manual vehicles.

    Getting a manual licence first up also saves you taking more lessons later on and undergoing a manual driving test.  Manuals vehicles are generally about $2000 cheaper to buy than an automatic car.

    So Why Doesn't Everyone Get a Manual Licence?

    Well, it may take a little longer to learn to drive a manual vehicle than an automatic car. Maybe the automatic family car is the only vehicle available for practice?

    Firstly, have a goal in learning to drive? Is it simply to become mobile and drive to and from school or work or for just for your independence? If so, maybe learning to drive an automatic car suits. Later, you can choose to do manual lessons and get your manual licence.


    There are many things that can influence decisions but one thing is not optional.  Whether driving a manual or automatic car, don’t compromise driver safety.  Learn to drive at a professional driving school with a professional driving instructor. Safety issues and consequences are forever!