UK learner drivers are choosing automatic over manual as it's 'quick and easy'

Is this the end of the manual license?

3w ago

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According to a recent study, learner drivers in the UK are leaning more towards automatic licenses as it's 'quicker and easier' than getting a manual license.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) data shows that in 2011-12 there were 70,429 driving tests conducted in automatic cars in Britain. And by 2018-19, that figure had risen to 185,043 which is a huge increase of 163%.

However, not all hope is lost as the number of manual learners is still higher than automatic. A total of 1.6m driving tests were conducted using both manual and automatic cars last year according to the most recent figures

The main reason as to why people are still choosing manual is because drivers who pass their tests in manual cars are qualified to drive automatics as well as manuals, whereas those who pass in automatic cars can only drive automatics.

But this raises an important question. Will driving instructors start to offer only automatic lessons in the near future with EVs being automatic and those being our likely future. It is unlikely they will do that just yet but it looks to be going that way.

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Comments (81)

  • There was only manuals when I did my licence. Think I had my first automatic car when I was 40 or so.

      21 days ago
    • You must be 120 17 years old.

      My parents had autos back in the early 60's, probably before that but I was not about.

        20 days ago
    • Born 69 in Europe. Automatic was rare and if available expensive.

      We did the drivers licence in driving schools and used the driving school vehicles for the training. Those vehicles where mostly VW Golf in manual. Usually they only had an...

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        19 days ago
  • I know the world is moving to auto since they’re very good but if you don’t learn in a manual you never experience that joy.

      21 days ago
    • What 'joy'?

      Driving is for getting to places, as quickly, safely and as comfortably as possible.

        20 days ago
    • Maybe your in the wrong place, DRIVETRIBE is for car enthusiasts and if that’s your opinion then clearly you prefer to be a passenger. For that there are taxis, buses and trains.

        20 days ago
  • If i do manual then i can drive both right? Alright manual for me since i don't know if i'll get stuck with a stick or a automatic stick.

      21 days ago
  • One side of me says “what a shame” as I believe you learn a sense of mechanical connection with the car but to be very honest manual cars are a going out of fashion so i guess it makes sense. Still a shame though.

      21 days ago
  • ...which it is. Americans have been doing that for ages. The vast majority of the American population have (literally) never "driven a stick"

      21 days ago
    • They cannot drive period.

      It should be required to learn.

        21 days ago
    • You wouldn't think so if you regularly visit BaT (Bring a Trailer) site. Around 90% of cars for sale there are with manual transmission. I am amazed how many cars are converted to manual. Some of them have never been available with manual...

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        21 days ago
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