Learn on a manual or automatic ?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by BlueThunderr, Oct 30, 2018.

Manual or Automatic for new driver training

  1. Manual

    41 vote(s)
    95.3%
  2. Automatic

    2 vote(s)
    4.7%
  1. MsJamie

    MsJamie Road Train Member

    Correct; they are "automated manual transmissions", or AMTs. The exact same transmission, but the stick is replaced with a computer control. The computer floats each shift.

    Aside from being easier on the left knee (glares at Philly afternoon traffic), AMTs are safer. No blown shifts on a downgrade resulting in a runaway truck.

    That said, take the test with a stick. Don't get the auto only restriction. While you may never drive a stick again, you don't want to be disqualified from that sweet local job that pays well and gets you home every night because their day cabs are all sticks...
     
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