Are you a learner driver? If so, you might be somewhat preoccupied with passing your driving tests. Before you can get your driving licence, you will usually have to pass some written and practical tests first.
Learning to drive can be both fun and scary at the same time. It’s fun because you get a chance to do something that will change your life. But it’s scary because there is a lot of pressure on you to do well so that you can pass your tests.
To pass your practical driving test, you will need to take the test in a car that you or your driving instructor supplies. Most folks will opt for the latter option. In some cases, the cars instructors supply aren’t nice to drive.
Are you facing this problem? If so, allow me to help you by suggesting how you can buy the perfect learner driver’s car!
Manual or automatic?
Unless you live in somewhere like the United States or Australia, you will want to pass your practical driving test in a manual car. The main benefit of driving a manual car is that you can also drive automatics without having to take your driving test again.
But if you pass in an automatic, you can’t drive a manual. If you wish to do so, you will have to take your driving test once more but in a manual car!
Of course, driving a manual isn’t the be-all and end-all that the motoring world dictates. Most of today’s cars are available with automatic transmissions. And a lot of cars have “direct-shift” gearboxes.
In other words, you can shift up and down like you can in a manual, but you don’t need a clutch pedal to do so. From a legal point of view, they get classed as automatic transmissions.
What car should you buy?
The best cars for learning to drive in are often the smallest and cheapest ones. Why? There are many reasons:
- They cost less to buy, even as brand new cars;
- They are easier to drive and park, because of their small size;
- They are inexpensive to maintain, especially for insurance purposes.
Lifestyle SEAT is a car dealer. They tell me that many customers that buy the SEAT Mii city car are learner drivers! The same story can get heard from other car dealers selling similar-sized vehicles.
Before you go out and buy a small city car, I recommend that you make a shortlist of cars in that class. Next, go and test-drive them all (with a licenced driver sitting next to you, of course).
There’s no point buying a car that you might end up loathing as cars aren’t cheap things to buy!
Finally, make sure that you get some insurance quotes before you agree to buy a specific model. Insurance premiums are always high for learner drivers, so don’t buy a car that will cost a fortune to insure.
Now it’s time for you to go and do some research. Good luck!