Why is learning with an Automatic so much easier than a Manual Vehicle?

 

Turning Point vehicles are automatics so the gear box works in harmony with the engine.

If you have a manual car licence, when you take your training and pass your test using an automatic truck you will get a HGV / LGV licence and be able to drive manual and automatic vehicles.

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No need to learn a Range Change Gear Box

No High and Low Buttons to get confused over

No matching revs / speed to select correct gear

No assessing or decision making required to try to work out the correct gear (out of 9 or more gears) for any particular driving situation.

No need to learn about correct way to ‘block’ gear change

 

No distractions at Roundabouts or Road Junctions

No need to practice for hours to get the right speed to select the right gear for difficult junctions.

Easily adjust your speed when approaching road junctions without the need to predict which gear to select to be clear to go.

No need go over and over again, learning the correct gears (up or down the gear box) for complicated roundabouts that have multiple lanes and exits.

Give your full attention to lane discipline and other road users especially cyclists

Concentrate on steering and positioning

No gear stick means when driving your hands can always be in the correct pull and push ’10 to 2’ position on the steering wheel

Easily negotiate hazards (like parked vehicles, overhanging shop blinds and traffic bollards) as your concentration is not diluted thinking about correct gear selection.

Gain confidence with the width and size of a larger vehicle without distraction

 

 

Concentrate on mirrors and blind spots

Little chance of failing a test due to missed mirror checks because no gears means no added distractions.

No forgetting to check blind spots at appropriate times (as can happen if drivers are maxed out operating vehicle controls/gears).

 

 

 

 

Concentrate on driving to the test pattern

Learn to drive the way your Examiner wants, without the burden of learning to ‘handle’ gears

Get the maximum benefit from your instructors training as you won’t be so physically tired toward the end of each lesson

 

 

Many companies now choose to operate Auto Trucks because they get:

Improved fuel consumption, lower pollution emissions and reduced maintenance costs, which means their vehicles are working for longer and costing them less to run.