|Posted on December 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM|
When you are learning how to drive, one of the things that will influence the ease with which you can do so is the type of car you use. By the time you complete driving, you should be in a position to drive most cars in the class that you are proficient in with ease. However, there are some cars that are set up in such a manner that it makes them much easier to learn in. Of course, not everyone has the luxury of picking a specific type of car from a large pool when they are interested in learning how to drive. However, by understanding the characteristics of an ideal car, you can easily choose the best one to learn in if you are ever given the chance. Some of these include:
The size of the car
For most learners, a car that is medium sized, such as a mid-range sedan, is the best size to learn how to drive in. Smaller cars are technically easier to drive since they are usually lighter, but the fact that they are smaller also means that they might not be as safe. On the other hand, large cars such as SUVs tend to be very heavy, and this might make it difficult for you to learn how to control the car with ease. The fact that they might be lumbering also means that you may have a slightly increased risk of getting involved in an accident when you use it to learn how to drive.
It is important to reiterate that using a mid-size sedan does not mean that you will not know how to drive other cars. Once you become experienced with an ideal car, you will find it much easier to adapt to any other, whether it’s a light compact car or a heavy SUV.
Cars that have engines that can be classified as ‘upper low end’ are usually the best to learn how to drive in. The car should have little power, but not so little that it makes it difficult for you to carry out maneuvers such as joining traffic or overtaking. Using a very powerful car to learn how to drive will be unnerving for you, since you will always get the feeling that the car is raring to go and that you have little control over it. When you use a slightly underpowered car to learn how to drive, you will have enough room to make mistakes and correct them before they become unsalvageable. For instance, if you accidentally press the accelerator in a car with a smaller engine, you will have enough time to react before it moves too far. In one that has a very powerful engine, you will have much less room.
The drive train
If you are new to cars, you will come across specifications such as all-wheel drive, front wheel drive and rear wheel drive. This simply designates the way in which the power is distributed from the engine. For instance, in a front wheel drive car, it means that all the power is delivered from the engine directly to the front wheels, and the rear wheels are somewhat passive.
The way in which this distribution is done can influence the agility of the car, and hence the best choice for someone who is learning how to drive. The front wheel drive and all-wheel drive cars are usually much easier to handle, particularly in situations where there is loss of traction such as when it has rained, when it’s muddy or when it’s snowed. If possible, you should choose cars that have these types of drive trains to learn how to drive. Once you have experience with them, you will find it easier to control the rear wheel drive cars, which are traditionally known to lose control when driven in bad conditions by inexperienced drivers.
A car with a manual transmission
The manual transmission is on its way out, as most of the cars produced these days are automatic. However, given the chance, you should consider learning how to drive a stick shift. Some of the benefits of doing this include the fact that it gives you a better idea of how car mechanics work, since you will need to be more involved in the driving. In addition to that, it gives you the ability to drive a wide range of cars once you are done training. You will find it easy to drive old manual transmission cars, as well as current automatic transmission ones as well. Finally, most people who drive stick shift cars tend to find them to be more enjoyable to drive, since they give the driver more control. You might just find yourself joining this bandwagon. If you find that it’s not your cup of tea, however, you can still drive a manual transmission car with ease since you will not need retraining.