Number of drivers with automatic-only licences doubles in a decade with 1.1m motorists not qualified to change gear – but it may be the BEST decision

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  • Currently, 1.1 million drivers have only automatic licenses, up from 550,000 in 2012.
  • Last year saw the largest annual increase, with an 11% increase in the number of car-only drivers.
  • While this means that these drivers will not be legally allowed to drive a car with a manual transmission, it may not be the worst solution.
  • Registration of automatic transmission vehicles is on par with manual transmission, and the transition to electric vehicles will see the need for a manual transmission gradually become unnecessary.

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A growing number of novice drivers are moving away from manual transmission cars, and data shows that the number of motorists with automatic driving licenses on the roads has doubled from what it was 10 years ago.

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In 2012, there were only 550,000 drivers with automatic licenses. There will be 1.1 million in 2022, with the biggest annual increase in the past 12 months, when the number of motorists in the UK increased by 11 per cent year on year.

While purists will argue that these people are missing out on shifting, the decision to opt for automatic licenses makes sense.

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Automatic transmission cars are now just as popular as manual transmission cars, and a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles will accelerate this trend, with motorists only able to buy electric vehicles from showrooms from 2030.

The number of car-only driver’s license holders has doubled in a decade: there are now 1.1 million motorists on the roads who are licensed to drive only with an automatic transmission.

In total, there are about 41 million license holders in the UK today.

This means that automatic license holders make up just 2.7% of all qualified drivers on the road, according to a recent analysis of DVLA records by car repair and maintenance website BookMyGarage.com.

It says that in 2012 there were only 37 million license holders, of which only 1.5 percent were entitled to drive only with an automatic transmission.

The steady increase in the number of students willing to move away from manual transmission cars is the result of the recent market shift towards automatic models, with the first month in September 2020 of more cars being sold than manual transmission vehicles.

Auto VS Manual Driving Test – What’s the Difference?

An automated driving test is very similar to a manual one in terms of routes, driving examiners, and the maneuvers drivers are asked to complete.

In both types of tests, drivers can pass and fail under the same criteria.

You can get up to 15 minors and still pass, but if you have three identical minors or one major, then your test will fail.

The biggest difference between testing in an automatic transmission car is the qualification you get after passing.

Passing scores for automatic transmission cars are also lower than for manual transmission cars, despite the fact that people find them easier to drive.

The current success rate is around 40% for automatic vehicles compared to 46% for manual tests.

This will only accelerate as we approach 2030 and the ban on the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles, and so opting for an automatic license may not be the worst decision for students.

Since almost all electric vehicles on the market are equipped with a single-speed transmission, this means that in the coming decades, drivers will no longer change gears on their own and, ultimately, will make manual licenses redundant.

This year, electric vehicle sales in the UK are already up 48.8% year-to-date, with an additional 45,078 electric vehicles sold, according to SMMT data.

According to experts, this is making students more receptive to car-only driving tests than ever before.

According to a recent survey by road safety charity IAM Roadsmart, about three in five young people aged 17 to 24 plan to get an automatic license rather than a manual one.

Reports show that a total of 13.8% of all driving tests in 2021 were only automatic assessments – up 10% from 2008 as more new motorists move away from manual “boxes”.

More than half of the people who take only automated tests are under 35 years old.

In fact, Direct Line Motor Insurance predicts that the last person to pass a driving test in a manual transmission car will be born in five years.

The number of car license holders on the roads increased by 11% last year, the biggest annual jump on record.

The number of car license holders on the roads increased by 11% last year, the biggest annual jump on record.

The transition to automatic licenses is expected to intensify as more drivers want to learn how to drive electric vehicles.  Earlier this year, AA Driving School announced that it had added 100 electric vehicles to its lineup due to growing demand.

The transition to automatic licenses is expected to intensify as more drivers want to learn how to drive electric vehicles. Earlier this year, AA Driving School announced that it had added 100 electric vehicles to its lineup due to growing demand.

This transition to electric vehicles has already been seen by many major driving schools who have already announced plans to electrify their fleet of training vehicles.

For example, earlier this year, AA Driving School announced that it had added more than 100 electric vehicles to its fleet of instructor vehicles to offer students lessons on electric vehicles, which are in growing demand, especially in cities.

Ultimately, this will lead to a decrease in the number of new drivers who have the right to choose gears themselves.

Jessica Potts, Head of Marketing at BookMyGarage, said: “The rise in automatic transmission driving licenses over the past decade is not surprising given the general shift towards electric and hybrid vehicles and the shift to petrol and diesel vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions.

“Some people may consider the demise of the manual transmission a bit of a shame, but technology has advanced a lot and most automatic transmissions now provide improved fuel efficiency and driver comfort.”

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