Learning to drive an automaticWatch
Also, whilst an automatic feels nice and easy I miss the added control over the car that you get with a manual.
I have had a few lessons driving a manual car but I can honestly tell you I HATE it. I dread every lesson because I panic about the clutch and junctions which my anxiety doesn't help. My dad drives an automatic and it seems so much simpler and easy for me to understand. Yes I know I can only drive automatics and I know the known disadvantages but I really do want to drive just not a manual. He long does it take to learn to drive an automatic and is it simpler to learn that a manual?
Yes, it's much simpler and much safer as well since you can spend more time concentrating on the road and driving safely rather than fiddling about with your bite point and hesitating at junctions and roundabouts.
Go for an automatic licence, remember you can always take another test in a manual in the future to "upgrade" your licence so to speak, when you've developed that driving "sixth sense", which I think only comes when you've done a few thousand miles after your test.
I think that it's just unnecessary risk to go for a full manual car when you're a new driver and don't have much experience on the roads. You're more likely to miss something, slip up and have a prang. Your first few months driving should be calm and collected, focusing on the road and building up your experience. Not worrying about gears and getting distracted.
Get used to driving on the roads first. Then when you're comfortable, learn a manual gearbox and get your manual license, because it's an invaluable skill to have.