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Automatic Driving Lessons

Before You Book

Pros

  • No Gears
    No pesky gears to change for turns, approaches and slowing down. The car will change both up and down for you automatically.
  • No Clutch
    No clutch to press when stopping, meaning you can focus on stopping more safely.
  • Smoother Drive
    Most modern cars will change gear as efficiently as possible, but overall it will mean a much smoother ride.

Cons

  • Less Control
    You’ll have alot less control over the performance and drive as the car will handle gear selections, engine braking and rev matching.
  • More Expensive
    You’ll use more fuel in an automatic and pay more for insurance and maintenance.
  • Automatic Licence
    If you’re the designated driver and wanna drive your mates manual car, then think again. Automatics only on this licence.
Even though 84% of cars in the UK still use manual transmission, automatic cars are gaining popularity, and for good reasons. Going for an auto means no more dealing with gears or a clutch pedal.

Driving in the city also becomes much smoother. You can leave behind the concerns of clutch control and wearing it out. Additionally, there’s no need to deal with the constant stop-and-go frustration of traffic jams.

However, it’s important to note that automatics aren’t perfect either. Before you make a booking, it’s a good idea to know about their downsides too.

Automatic cars not only cost more to buy but also tend to guzzle more fuel and can be pricier to service.

Keep in mind that if you get an automatic license, you won’t be able to drive a manual car later. However, manual drivers have the option to switch to an auto if they want to.

Also, learning to drive in an automatic doesn’t always make it easier or quicker. Pass rates for automatic cars are lower compared to manual cars.

Automatic Prices

Student Reviews

Kirsten ScottPass Plus - September '23

Had a great experience completing my Pass Plus with Shift
Had a great experience completing my Pass Plus with Shift. My instructor was very calm and friendly, making me feel relaxed whilst driving. Would recommend to any learner drivers!

Rosie McLeanLearner Driver - August '23

Amazing driving instructors
Amazing driving instructors, positive and helpful. Would highly recommend

Jordan ChapmanLearner Driver - August '23

Couldn’t praise this driving school more!
Couldn’t praise this driving school more! Incredibly friendly and amazing feedback. Passed first time with absolutely no bother and would absolutely recommend to anyone.

LeoLearner Driver - August '23

First time pass…
Passed on my Test first time thanks to the excellent, top class teaching from Lewis!! Brilliant and professional driving school to learn from… can’t thank them enough!

Abbie RLearner Driver - July '23

Highly Recommended
My Shift driving instructor was fantastic. He was always calm, and gave clear, easy-to-follow instructions which made me feel confident when driving. I passed first time so I would definitely recommend them!

Nathaniel TeggLearner Driver - July '23

Shift helped me pass!
Lewis was a brilliant driving instructor. He was patient, and made me feel comfortable in each lesson. I managed to pass first time because of him. I'd definitely recommend you using Shift if you want to pass.

Thomas DonnellyLearner Driver - July '23

Highly Recommend
Highly recommend. My time with Alex was enjoyable and I was able to get ready for my test with him very quickly and pass first time due to his excellent teaching

Chelsey BellLearner Driver - Jun '23

I have had a couple of Instructors and
I have had a couple of Instructors and was quite put off by them until I found Lewis he’s extremely patient (even when I was dramatic) and they way he taught was so straight forward and efficient which I didn’t have previously he completely put me at ease I couldn’t recommend him enough!!

Georgia PiperLearner Driver - June '23

5 Star Driving School
I had an amazing instructor who was both patient and helpful. I was really nervous and he took the time to help me gain confidence. He was honest and reliable throughout my time at shift and I could not thank him enough. I could also not recommend shift driving school enough they are brilliant.

Steve RLearner Driver - June '23

Alex was very good
Alex was very good. My 17 year old son passed first time with him.

TobyLearner Driver - June '23

Great instructors and a fair amount of flexibility
Could not fault Alex in any way he was amazing instructor who helped me pass, had been driving previously and had taken a break due to COVID restrictions. If I was do my driving exam again I would do my lessons with this company again.

BrettLearner Driver - May '23

Great experience using Shift
Great experience using Shift. Made a very nervous driver very calm. Would highly recommend these guys, especially if you’re a nervous first timer.

NathanLearner Driver - May '23

Super happy with Shift
I’ve been super happy using Shift, Had a poor experience with another instructor when I was 17 which had stopped me picking things up again until now at 32. My nerves were immediately were put at ease on the first lesson and everything after was easy.

Lee RuddickLearner Driver - May '23

Great instructors
Great instructors, very helpful, well trained and informative passed my test easily through this company and would highly recommend to anyone looking for driving lessons.

William CampbellLearner Driver - April '23

Had lessons over a few month period
Had lessons over a few month period and Alex was amazing. Always making sure I understood why I was doing something wrong and very attentive. Easy to talk to as well.

Georgia JohnstoneLearner Driver - April '23

The best of the best!
Instructor was always professional, friendly and always made me feel comfortable. Always looked forward to my lessons. Absolutely recommend!

Pavan NayaniLearner Driver April '23

Great friendly instructor
Great friendly instructor that taught in a concise way that actually made sense and made it easier to learn. Would definitely recommend!

Molly EastonLearner Driver - April '23

Highly Recommend
Instructor was always kind, patient and encouraging. Highly recommend 🙂

Frequently Asked Questions

How many driving lessons will I need?

The number of driving lessons you’ll need will depend on your individual circumstances and how quickly you learn. On average, it takes around 40-50 hours of driving lessons to pass the driving test, but some people may need more or less depending on their previous experience, confidence level, and ability to learn.

Do you have female driving instructors?

Yes, we do have female driving instructors available. When you book your driving lessons, you can request a female instructor if you prefer.

Do you do manual lessons?

Yes, we offer manual driving lessons in addition to automatic lessons. If you prefer to learn in a manual car, we can accommodate your needs. Click here to be taken to our Manual Driving Lessons page.

Is there a long wait for driving lessons?

We do our best to accommodate all our students’ needs and offer flexible scheduling. However, availability may vary depending on the location and the time of year.

What other areas do you cover?

At the moment we provide driving lessons in Newcastle, Gateshead and surrounding areas. Additionally, we are actively seeking driving instructors in other areas. Do you know someone who has what it takes? Click here to visit our become a driving instructor page.

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