The Skoda Rapid Spaceback is an excellent all round family car that has all the latest features that you would need. There are plenty of active and passive safety features on board to keep you safe when you’re out on the open road. For these reasons the Skoda Rapid and the Spaceback make a decent choice when learning to drive, especially if you choose the manual transmission variants. Let’s take a closer at why it’s a great idea to learn to drive in a manual car.
Producing a Safer Driver
Many motoring experts are in agreement that learning to drive in a car with a manual transmission will help to produce a safer driver. When you learn to drive a manual car, you’re far more engaged with driving the vehicle. Driving an automatic transmission can make the driver feel a little divorced from what’s going on. It’s important to learn how to change gears at an early stage, and this includes what happens when the gear change doesn’t work. An automatic will always select the correct gear required, and there is no need to make a judgement call. The attempt to change gears smoothly and make gradual progress through the gearing system will better prepare the driver to drive a manual or an automatic car.
Teaching Closer Concentration
When you learn to drive a car, it can be a mentally and physically exhausting experience for the fledgling driver and the instructor alike. An automatic can relieve a great deal of that stress, but it can be argued that that’s the opposite of what you really need when learning to drive. After all, when you begin to drive, you will have to make good decisions under pressure and when you’re feeling a little tired. Learning to drive in automatic transmission car has a tendency to make the new driver a little lazier and perhaps they may be less likely to concentrate.
Persistence Pays Off
Let’s face it, driving a manual car is harder and it will be harder to learn how to drive. However, after the experience, the new driver will be able to drive both manual and automatic transmission cars with ease. Learning to drive a manual will result in a lot of time grinding gears and practicing on empty car parks to find that sweet spot in the gears. This can be frustrating at times, but it’s excellent experience for a new driver, and it will keep them engaged in their driving.
Staying Safe on the Road
Let’s face it, for the vast majority of Australians the most dangerous thing that they will ever do is climb into a driving seat and drive their car to work. This isn’t meant to trivialise the situation, and this is such a normal activity that it can be easy to forget that this isn’t an easy thing to do. Weaving your way through busy traffic and parking in a town or city is pretty hard and learning to drive in a manual car will better prepare the new driver for these realities.
If you’re interested in the latest Skoda Rapid 2019 models, get in touch with Skoda Perth, and we will be happy to answer any of your queries or questions.