Planning on learning to drive (finally...im early 30s at this stage), but i now live in North America. Most people seem to drive automatics and I can only find lessons that teach in automatic cars.
Mainly, what im wondering is if learning the gears/clutch is the hardest part of learning to drive?? (as opposed to just getting used to manouvering around the road, dealing with traffic etc)
The reasons im wondering are cos:
1. I dont want to sign up for the full 10 lesson package which wont involve learning any of that if its not necessary, as it is pretty expensive.
2. When buying a car, manuals are cheaper - if I get comfortable driving around in an automatic, will it make it easier to pick up a manual with the help of a friend. Or will that be like starting to learn to drive all over again??
Sorry if I sound clueless here...ive never been behind the wheel before and really want to learn - bit embarrassing not being able to drive at my age.
And i dont know whether to go with manual or automatic. It would be handy knowing how to drive manual for times when Im back home. But, theres a lot of traffic over here, so then im thinking maybe having to deal with clutch/changing gears will be a bit of a nightmare over here anyway.