UK learner drivers are choosing automatic over manual as it's 'quick and easy'
Is this the end of the manual license?
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.