“No-gears no-tears,” as they say! Being able to forget about the gears and clutch lets you concentrate on the road and other road users.
I also start manual drivers in the automatic — so that they can progress to a manual car once their confidence and competence have had a chance to grow – this often means they need fewer lessons, saving both time and money.
Why try to run before you’ve learned to walk?
(Remember, if you pass a practical test in an automatic, your licence permits you to drive only automatic cars)