Peter Skelton Driving School provide automatic driving lessons in Basingstoke. Automatic driving lessons were something of a rarity many years ago to the extent I rarely ever got asked if I do them. Nowadays possibly 50 per cent of enquiries are for such lessons.
Why choose Peter Skelton Driving School
- Male and female instructors
- Manual and automatic
- Catering to nervous and anxious pupils
- All lessons are taken at your own pace
- High pass rates
- Intensive and semi-intensive courses available
- Free theory training
- The highest standards of tuition
- Motorway lessons
- Refresher lessons
Now is a good time if you do want to take automatic lessons. We have instructors at the ready to teach you. All lessons will be conducted at your own pace. All instructors are trained and work to the highest standards. It is something we insist on. You are not just taking driving lessons to pass a test but to also help you to become a safe and competent driver. Our instructors will guide you step by step through all the skills required, starting with the very basics up to driving independently. We will of course tailor your lessons to your current ability level as some people may have driven before or have a better or natural aptitude to driving.
Automatic cars have improved so much over the years compared to what they were many years ago and as a result are much more responsive compared to how they used to be. Many people who drive a lot of miles each year prefer them to save the constant gear changes.
There is another reason for the change over too and that is the advent and constantly improving electric cars. The range of the electric car can now be around 300 miles compared to 80 miles found until fairly recently. Electric cars are incredibly cheap to run with a full charge from home costing less than £5. Charging points are becoming more common place too; on the street, gyms, supermarkets and car parks. There are certainly a lot more around Basingstoke than there were a couple of years ago.
The important thing to realise about electric cars is that they are all automatic. There is no clutch and not even any gears, just an electric motor. In fact there are not many moving parts at all which makes maintenance not only easier but also cheaper. Currently we don’t have an electric car at Peter Skelton Driving School but will be looking to add one in the near future.
The most difficult part of driving a traditional manual car is the clutch. It requires a fair amount of skill and control to master it properly. Even when pupils are close to test standards they still will occasionally make a mistake with the clutch, not necessarily a big mistake but a one that will cause the car to jerk or nearly stall. In fact even experienced drivers will sometimes stall which is usually caused by moving the clutch too fast while moving off.
One other part of the manual car that can cause some problems are the gears. It can be a problem when changing gear at the wrong time and at the wrong speed. I will often say to the pupil “Listen to the engine, how does it sound?” A deep sound suggests the gear is too high. A high pitched sound suggests the gear is too low.
Another problem that can occur with the gears is selecting the wrong gear accidently. For example it’s easy to select 4 instead of 2 or 5 instead of 3. In fact the first pupil I ever had who failed a driving test changed from 5 to 1 instead of 5 to 3! That had the effect of making the engine sound very high pitched and also slowed the car very suddenly. I sat in the back of that driving test, as I do on most tests, and I distinctly remember the effect it had on the car. The benefit of me sitting in on tests is that it helps me to learn as an instructor. As a result I work with pupils to male sure they know how to change gears correctly and smoothly.
With an automatic car there is no clutch and the gears are changed, as the name suggests, automatically, or in the case of electric cars, no gear change at all. Therefore the 2 most difficult parts of a manual car are taken away from the driver. That can certainly makes driving around Basingstoke much easier.
So why doesn’t everyone take automatic driving lessons if they are so much easier. Well the answer currently lies in the fact that if you pass your test in a manual car you can drive both a manual and an automatic car. The same is not true if you pass in an automatic car. Manual cars are still the most popular cars currently but that will slowly change. However there will still be a strong second hand market for cheap manual cars, which is why I believe manuals will still be the most popular choice for young drivers for many years to come.
So the choice is still yours. Whichever type of car you learn in will not be a bad decision. There are plenty of pros and cons whichever way you look at it. Please feel free to contact us if you need help making your decision.
Basingstoke is the biggest town, with a population of 113,000, in Hampshire and lies on the River Loddon. It lies 20 miles from Newbury, 19 miles from Winchester and 30 miles from Southampton. Basingstoke is a market town and expanded in the 1960’s after an agreement that catered for the “London Overspill” which rehoused Londoners after the Second World War to neighbouring towns. The town expanded rapidly and became a major economic centre for many companies such as; Motorola, Sun Life Financial, Barracuda Networks, The Automobile Association and De La Rue. The first known settlement was around 3,000 BC during the Neolithic period. However there is evidence of flint tools that predates that time. There are the remains of a fort at Winklebury which dates back to dates back to the iron age. The first recorded historical event was the defeat of Alfred The Great and his brother Ethelred of Wessex by the Danes at Old Basing in 871.
“I’ve passed my exam on my first attempt thanks to Peter Skelton and especially my instructor Tomasz. I’d like to thank you for all your efforts and great lessons.”
“I’m so thankful for Pete (Burke) being my instructor. He’s so calm and patient and it’s thanks to him that I passed my driving test first time with 1 minor.”
“Peter (Skelton) was amazing, thank you so much! I passed first time and I’ve never been happier, the best!”
“I learned to drive with Peter Skelton Driving, and Louise was my driving instructor, Louise is a lovely teacher, she was always really friendly and patient.”