As we say
“It better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it”
In British the vast majority of drivers learn in a manual car, were gears are selected using a lever or a stick as some call it, and a clutch pedal. This is still considered the ‘normal’ way to learn despite the growing popularity of the automatic car and driverless car in the horizon. If you do learn to drive in an automatic, your licence won’t entitle you to drive a manual car. So you have the expense of taking manual driving lessons and sitting for a driving test in the future if your needs changes.
Consider this, only around 41,000 of the 720,500 driving tests taken by UK learners are ‘automatic’ tests. Even though the number of automatic gearboxes is on the increase. It is normal to assumed that someone with a driving licence will know how to drive a manual, and your friend hands over his keys to a beautiful F type Jaguar manual car and he is not fit to drive. What will you say!
So learning to drive in a automatic is easier and less stressful on a Bank holiday travelling in a busy slow moving traffic.