It's surprising how much driverless cars will change our future. Most people would agree that driverless cars are the future and here’s how they are going to change yours, especially when it comes to driving lessons.
The driverless car
Can you imagine being a learner driver in an electric car? Sounds mad, doesn’t it? Brace yourself as the UK prepares to move with the times and switch to electric cars for driving lessons.
If you think about it, this could be much simpler for learners, as there would be no need for any clutch or gear movement. The world of cars is changing and young people are well ahead of the game when it comes to keeping up the times. No doubt they are probably more than ready to learn about how to conserve their battery and drive with one pedal without the need for changing gears.
So, if this is the future, you can imagine what future driving lessons are going to look like. The only question is, how will these slow-moving cars fit in with the UK’s current roads?
The Highway Code might even need to be modified too, imagine that! All these changes for cars that are ready to revolutionise our roads. Does sound too good to be true or great knowing that people will be able to get around easily and safely without being tired, drunk, or any distracted driving?
How do self-driving cars work?
Without getting too technical, the simple answer to this question is by using various cameras and sensors. The idea is that this clever car can predict any hazards on the road and then break or accelerate if needed. It also has built-in navigation and computer driving tech, it's got everything you need really.
Where are we now?
Driving lessons up to now have been amazing in helping people hit the road as soon as possible, but who knows, maybe this could be quicker with electric cars?
Right now, as it stands, new learner drivers can take their lessons in either a manual or an automatic car. You have the option to either choose the right gear in a manual - get it wrong and you could stall it, or an automatic which does it all for you, you just got to make sure that you're not in reverse when you don't want to be.
If you're wondering what's easier to have driving lessons in, then an automatic is probably easier. All you need to do is put your car into 'D' for drive and off you go. Manual cars tend to have five gears and you need to make sure that you're in the right gear for your speed and the conditions that you're driving in.
All in all, there is definitely less to master in an automatic car, and generally, some learners might find it quicker to learn and pass their test in one. Each to their own.
The main thing to note here is that if you pass your test in a manual, you can also drive an automatic. However, if your pass your test in an automatic, you'll only be able to drive an automatic. Crazy, isn't it. If you wanted to then learn to drive a manual, later on, you would have to do your test again in a manual car.
So, what does the future look like for new drivers?
Many people learn to drive for the thrill of it. It's an experience, to say the least, and exciting getting to grips with the road. It can give huge pleasure for most people and others love the fact that they can learn and be on the road to driving independently, what’s not to love?
Are driverless cars going to kill the thrill that new drivers are after? For many new drivers, driving is something that many can’t live without but what about conventionally driven ones? Will they go out the window? How about letting them be driven by the driver but under the total control of itself?
In an ideal world, car manufacturers will be able to develop cars that can slow down by themselves and avoid danger. Who knows, these smarty-pants might even be able to recognise the speed limit too and restrict drivers from going any faster, now wouldn’t that be mint!
All this would be in an ideal world. Give new drivers the pleasure of driving, while keeping it all totally safe and in a controlled environment, keeping accidents down to zero.