Choosing The Car
Manual or Automatic
Whilst driving an automatic car allows you more time to focus on the road and other vehicles around you, passing your test in an automatic means you will not be licensed to drive a manual car.
Passing in a manual car on the other hand has no such restrictions and allows you to drive either a manual or automatic freely with your license. It is something to consider especially with regard to hiring a car in the future as automatics are harder to come by as car hire agencies tend to have fewer for hire.
Automatics however to offer relief for those who are really struggling with learning to drive as they enable the driver to focus more on the road rather than on the controls of the car.
Often learners who have been without confidence on the road get a tremendous boost when they make the switch to an automatic.
Make, Model and Age
The specific car you are learning in may be something to consider, particularly the age of the vehicle. If you are wanting to buy a specific car in the future, you may use your lessons as a test drive for trying out that particular model.
As a beginner driver, there is nothing more comforting than knowing your instructor can apply the breaks for you! If the car you will be learning in does not have dual controls, you may want to look elsewhere as this feature offers tremendous comfort and gives the student more confidence.