Automatic Driving Lessons

Take it easy with automatic driving lessons in your local area

Automatic driving lessons can be an easier way to learn to drive for anyone who struggles with changing gear, who finds driving a very complex task (even after a fair few lessons, when for most of us the whole clutch-gear-biting point thing has switched to autopilot mode)

We have automatic weekly driving lessons available across most of our coverage area. Bristol, Bath, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Warminster, Yeovil, Shaftesbury, Blandford Forum, Gillingham Dorset, Dorchester, Weymouth, Exeter and Southampton.

Automatic Intensive Driving Courses are available in Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire Hampshire and Dorset. If your area isn't mentioned, then please give our office a call.

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Benefits of learning to drive an automatic car

Driving an automatic car has definite benefits too. The car changes gear for you at the appropriate time, so you’ll rarely over-rev an automatic car plus there is no clutch so you dont need to find the bite and you cant roll backwards. Although your fuel consumption may be slightly less economical than a manual car, overall it can make a worthwhile difference in the level of effort required when driving on longer journeys.

When dealing with the very busy streets and heavy traffic, driving an Automatic car can make driving a lot less stressful as all you need to do is control the brake and the accelerator (remember no clutch) which give you so much more time to think about the road and other road users and not thinking about your clutch and gears. We often find this can also lead to you needing less overall driving lessons as you will pick up driving a lot quicker which can save you both time and money.

However, there are significant downsides to driving an automatic car. If you take your driving test in an automatic car, you’re not qualified to drive a manual car. If, on the other hand, you pass your test in a manual, you are allowed to drive an automatic.

There are no real issues with automatic lessons in themselves: you learn the same things (mostly) and are examined on the same aspects of driving in your practical test. The difference comes when you actually pass, and only you will know if those differences are going to matter.We have specialist driving instructors that concentrate their teaching skills on automatic driving lessons. Unfortunately we don't have automatic driving lessons available in all of our coverage area but we do have automatic driving lessons available in Shaftesbury - Gillingham, Dorset - Blandford Forum - Sturminster Newton - Chippenham - Trowbridge - Exeter - Okehampton - Bristol - Bath.

Automatic Intensive Driving Courses

And we can provide Automatic intensive driving courses across the counties of Bristol, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. 

For more information on Automatic Intensive Driving Courses please follow this link.

Automatic Driving Lessons

How much will it cost?

Automatic Driving Lessons in Shaftesbury - Blandford - Gillingham, Dorset - Weymouth - Dorchester and surrounding areas and Southampton

10 hours for £400, 2 hours for £85

Automatic Driving Lessons Sherbourne

10 hours for £400, 2 hours for £85

Automatic Driving lessons Bristol

Automatic Driving Lessons Bristol - Bath and surrounding areas -

10 hours £450 or £95 for 2 hours

Automatic Driving Lessons Warminster, Trowbridge, Chippenham and surrounding areas - 10hrs for £400 or 2 hours for £85

Automatic Driving Lessons Exeter - Okehampton

10 hours £450, £95 for 2 hours

To book your Automatic Driving Lessons Please Call 0333 7729642

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Some of our recent Automatic test passes

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Agnieszka Daly - Shaftesbury

I passed my test today, my instructor Kerry Cade is the best instructor I've come across. She has a very good student-tutor connection and is very understanding. I was very lucky to be her student. Is a pleasure to learn with her. Thank you.

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Lewis Pennycott - Portishead, Bristol

My intensive course was long and, for a lack of better words, intense. However, with Adam's honest criticism and feedback, I was able to conquer my anxieties and pass my test! It was tough, but I'm glad I succeeded. Adam has been nothing but the best.

Why Did You Choose Our Driving School For Your Driving Lessons: I was recommended this course by many of my friends who had also passed using 2nd2none.

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Hannah Hedouin - Blandford Forum

James is the best teacher I have ever had. I don’t think I could have passed the test without his help. Perfect balance between friendly encouragement and conveying information in an easy to understand way. With his help I passed first time with only 2 minors. Just a few months ago I was a very nervous driver and thought I would never be able to drive. I can’t thank James enough!

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Sarah Smith - Shaftesbury

I was very happy with my lessons with James, I couldn't have done it without him. I found 2nd2None on facebook and it was easy to book lessons. I will be recommending James and the driving school to my friends

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Racheal Orr - Exeter

My driving instructor was Jim Brimicombe, I enjoyed all of my driving experience and my lessons were structured in a way that I could understand what to do. 
It was pretty easy to book my lessons and the office staff were very helpful. I found the driving school on Google and after reading the good reviews and they seemed like a good company to go with.

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Willow Ellis - Dorset

I’ve just passed my driving test first time with only one minor fault. James was a fantastic instructor and made sure I was ready and confident for my driving test! He was very patient and explained everything clearly. I would highly recommend.


How many lessons does it take to pass an automatic?

The UK average according to the DVSA is that it takes around 45 hours of driving lessons with an instructor and another 20 hours of private practice to reach the driving test standard using a manual vehicle.

However, there's less to get to grips with when you take automatic driving lessons. This means many learners are able to take their driving test with around 20 hours of automatic lessons, as long as they also get some private practice. Be aware this is only an average and the amount of hours you need may vary.

Is it quicker to learn automatic?

As there are a few less things to master such as clutch control and gear selection, it is normal for you to progress a lot faster when learning to drive in an automatuc car. Because of this you will normally need less hours and reach the driving test sooner than learning to drive in a manual car.

How much is an automatic driving lesson?

Automatic driving lessons are normally between £35 - £40 per hour in the UK, the price will vary depending on where you live and some driving schools may offer discounts for block bookings.  

Why are automatic lessons more expensive?

There are a few factors as to why automatic driving lessons are more expensive than manual driving lessons. Automatic cars are often a bit more expensive to buy and repair due to the gear box being more complicated and expensive to replace. Insurance can also be a bit higher for automatic cars for the same reason. Also there are far fewer driving instructors offering automatic driving lessons, so this will mean there is higher demand for automatic lessons and the service will come at a premium. 

Is one driving lesson a week enough?

We find that with a 1 hour driving lessons per week, the average person can take around 18 months to reach the driving test standard. Having a 2 hour lesson each week will greatly reduce your learning time down to around 7-8 months. The more lessons you have each week and the closer they are together, the quicker you will reach the driving test standard.

With an intensive course as an example, you can do 36 hours in one week and easily reach the driving test standard by the end of your 36 hours. Compare that to 1 hour a week over 18 months and you will have saved yourself around 42 hours of driving lessons.

What do you do on your first automatic driving lesson?

  • You'll learn the cockpit drill.
  • You'll be introduced to the car's controls.
  • You'll learn how to safely move off and stop.
  • You'll start to learn how to turn left and right.
  • You'll start to learn how to emerge at a junction.