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I just did the theory online test and to my disgust I only scored 47 out of 50!! Image I passed but messed up on how far away to put my breakdown triangle.
Sitting outside of a junction box until the road is clear, yet I always move into it if I'm the first car and that is correct.
I said keeping two car lengths away from the car in front and its a two seconds gap. Image
Speed would alter the distance of course. Silly me. Image
Mistakes are easily made in theory I find as I often use the ''One potatoe, Two potatoe'' test on the motorway without realising that its a two second gap between each phrase. Image

Shame you have no friend to teach you James, it would be worth learning to drive a manual really, but not essential of course.
Hi James

I passed in a manual and had to have an operation on my foot after I had been driving for about 5 years and the doctor recommended I only drove automatics in the future.
He did however say it was ok to do the odd drive in a manual.
I know somebody who passed in an automatic and decided to take a test for a manual a few years later and she had a full no claims bonus built up in an automatic.
She checked the situation with a broker and some insurance companies allowed her to transfer her no claims bonus to a manual but not all.
I did however try to hire a car in Jersey once and I noticed the form stated if you were hiring a manual car you had to have driven a manual on a regular basis for a year.
I had not driven a manual one at that point for 5 years+.
They found me an automatic and charged me a bit extra.
I did find out another local hire company did not ask that question later.
I would suggest you make some enquiries I the above concerns you.

Due to problems with my left hip Motability allowed my mother to change her mondeo early for an automatic ... if you pass test in auto can only drive auto but I believe you cant take your test in a manual with and electronic handbrake ... hill start issues this may have changed ...
i believe this has changed , i was reading on the gov web site you are allowed to sit your test in a car that has assit like hill start etc , but all must be proven to be fully functional . and then a list of cars your not allowed to sit your test in for known faults , or do not allow for full vision for the instructor.

think i will wait for now , and see what crops up later in the year and make a few calls.
Good luck

Some cars now have no hand break and they so much easier and make gear changing easier

From what you wrote I understand why you feel that having a car is essential, considering your rural location etc. I was lucky as when I took my driving test, over 30 years ago, there was no separate theory test, just a few random theory questions asked at the end by the examiner. It's clearly a lot more complicated now, but then again, the roads have double the amount of cars on them, so I guess they need to ensure that new drivers can cope with our horribly busy road network.

I'm a bit confused by the business of test centres offering tuition/inclusive packages. Image Is there some kind of partnership between the government test centres and various driving schools now? When I learned to drive the test centres were purely involved in testing people, while the driving schools handled the rest.

Sounds like you've weighed everything up and reached your decision. Good luck James.
Always good to have the freedom of a car.

Some people have said it already but YOU are correct. You can take your test in an auto but cannot drive a manual. Take it in a manual and you can drive both. Automatics are usually more expensive due to the transmission and what is involved in repairs etc. The older you are usually the cheaper the insurance (But it depends on experience as well). Example my cousin who is 20 got a quote for a Nissan Micra 1.0 at over £3000 pa. He looked around and got a Corsa with a bodykit for under half that. Insurance works on age quite alot so yours should be lower because as you say, your not going to get a bodykit, race it etc etc. But experience will have a factor as well as not having any No claims bonus and other things. You can try to get an advanced driving certificate or skid certificate or a membership etc (Speak to your instructor) and insurance can come down but sometimes (depending on the certificate/membership) only for the first year or so. Always good to compare and look around.

Personally I would go for a manual car then buy an auto if you want one.
I mostly drive an automatic these days, a Nissan Leaf, which is all-electric. (My wife prefers the diesel Nissan Note). Second-hand ones are starting to come onto the market under £10k, and the huge benefit is the running costs: around 2p-3p per mile using white meter (night rate) electric charging for a full 80 mile range, topped up by rapid chargers along the electric highway which are largely free to use. Insurance is the big hit for new drivers, but with 7 years no claims bonus mine costs less than £200 per annum.
If you are in a rural area, and enjoy fishing, consider getting a classic Land Rover. My son and I have seven between us (a bit excessive maybe!?) but if it's built before 1974, there's no road tax, and really cheap insurance. We used to insure our lorry with the NFU (National Farmers Union). 32 ton lorry plus low loader, fully comprehensive, for less than £100 per year!!! This is because the lorry was over 20 years old and for private use only (moving our steam roller). When my eldest son was 17, he had a Land Rover which he and his dad had restored, it was a lot cheaper to insure than many vehicles. It really depends what you want it for most of all. You might need a step for mum to get in - if I give elderly people a lift I take a light plastic caravan step with me. Once inside, most people enjoy being higher and being able to see more. On the other hand you can chuck anything and everything inside and mechanically they are fairly straightforward.
I fought driving for years because I'd convinced myself I'd be death on the roads as I couldn't tell my right from my left.
I was wrong. Learning to drive is the best thing to have happened to me for ages. Like you, I was determined to do auto.
Fortunately, my bro and dad convinced me to go the manual route. Not only does it cover your arse every which way regarding what you can, and cannot drive, it also teaches you so many more driving skills which might one day save your life.
Autos ARE ace to drive, when conditions are good. But what about when they're not? Learn to drive auto only and it's a bit like being only able to read basic headlines in a newspaper and signing your signature. Hardly full literacy!
I too must have knackered a lot of gear boxes when learning. So what! That's what learning is about.