Choosing a driving instructor during COVID-19

In this ongoing pandemic, there is a responsibility of every driving school to care for its customers and they also should be open and transparent about their response to COVID-10. The top priority for all driving schools should be the health and safety of customers.

The driving school’s website should state all precautions such as in-car safety and cleanliness measures. Your chosen driving instructor or school do all the below things:

  1. Disinfecting the car so that the instructor and a customer can keep themselves safe while driving.
  2. To make sure that your car’s window is opened or the air conditioner is off. You also can ensure it’s locked in ‘fresh air’ settings.
  3. Driving instructors do clean all touched surfaces after every driving lesson.
  4. Hand-washing is the regular practice that all driving instructors follow.
  5. The social-distancing is an integral part of precaution and is maintained where possible.

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The above points should be included in the precaution-list of a driving school. You should also check for the restrictive payment options. It is better to pay online rather than to go to the office for safety purposes. It is recommended that you wear a face-mask and avoid touching your face while getting driving lessons.

After enquiry about the all measures taken by the driving instructor, you can start your driving course. You can find in your region by searching as a “Driving instructor near me” and you will get lots of certified and experienced instructors in your area.

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SmartLearner driving school, which is one of the best driving schools in the UK follows all precautions and DVSA-approved instructors keep you safe while instructing you driving lessons. Remember that the driving service would only be accessed if you are well and not showing any coronavirus-related symptoms. You should also be honest about your health status as hiding any information can put your and instructor’s health in a danger.


Manual or Automatic transmission?


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Deciding whether to learn in manual or automatic transmission can be a difficult decision. When passing in a manual car, you can then go onto drive an automatic. However, if you pass in an automatic car you CANNOT go on to drive a manual car without sitting a manual test.

Are there any differences?

The main difference between manual and automatic transmission is the gearbox and clutch pedal. In a manual car, when increasing or decreasing speed the driver needs to change gears by pressing the clutch pedal and moving the gear stick into the suitable gear. An automatic car’s gearbox automatically selects the gear which suits the speed, the driver does not need to press on a clutch pedal to do this manually. An automatic car does not have a clutch pedal.

Should I drive manual or automatic?



An automatic car can be easier to drive, as there are fewer things to do. You will be able to focus on your speed and road positioning, along with your surroundings. Compared to a manual car, you cannot ‘stall’ an automatic car.  Those who find themselves struggling with stalling a manual car or are scared to stall may feel more comfortable in an automatic car.


Automatic cars are usually more expensive to buy as they are less common, they can also be more expensive to repair.



Many individuals prefer a ‘driver’s car’ as automatic transmissions can be a very different driving experience. Manual cars tend to be less expensive, they are also a lot more common than automatic cars, so there are more to choose from when looking for a new car at places such as garages. The hand-foot coordination needed to drive a manual can be quite confusing for learners, automatics do not have this ‘issue’.


Ultimately, it is the driver’s decision on what transmission they feel is best to learn, there is no right or wrong choice. You may begin with a manual car and then move onto automatic if you struggle, your instructor will advise you on how to do this.