Death of the gearstick? Advances in technology mean fewer Brits are learning to ... trends now

Death of the gearstick? Advances in technology mean fewer Brits are learning to ... trends now
Death of the gearstick? Advances in technology mean fewer Brits are learning to ... trends now

Death of the gearstick? Advances in technology mean fewer Brits are learning to ... trends now

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The idea of crunching through the gears when taking off from the lights is becoming lost to advances in technology.

A new analysis reveals that the number of people taking their driving test in an automatic car has more than trebled in a decade.

At the same time more than 70 per cent of new cars registered in 2023 were automatic.

The shift comes against the background of the rise of electric cars and a decision by manufacturers to drop gearboxes from conventional vehicles.

As a result, most new models now operate in the same way as a bumper car or milk float – albeit with startling speed from a standing start.

A new analysis reveals that the number of people taking their driving test in an automatic car has more than trebled in a decade

A new analysis reveals that the number of people taking their driving test in an automatic car has more than trebled in a decade

Almost 1.7 million people took their driving test last year with 324,000 – 19 per cent - in cars with automatic gearboxes.

That is more than three times higher than the 96,000 automatic tests, which accounted for 7 per cent of the total, seen ten years ago.

The figures have been collated by What Car?

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