Driving an automatic car can be a daunting task, especially for new drivers. However, with a little practice, anyone can learn to drive an automatic car safely and confidently. In this article, we will cover the basics of how to drive an automatic car, including how to start the car, how to shift gears, how to brake, and how to steer.
Things You Should Know
- Depress the brake with your right foot before you start the car.
- Move the shifter from P (park) to D (drive) if you want to go forward, or R (reverse) if you want to go backward.
- Leave the car in D (drive) while moving forward. The automatic transmission selects the gear that best matches the speed of the car.
- Put the car in P (park) before you switch it off and engage the parking brake.
Adjusting the Seat and Mirrors
Before you start the car, it is important to adjust the seat and mirrors so that you are comfortable and have a clear view of the road. To adjust the seat, use the levers on the side of the seat to move it forward or backward and up or down. To adjust the mirrors, use the levers on the inside of the car to move them up, down, left, and right.
Fastening Your Seatbelt
Once you are comfortable and have a clear view of the road, fasten your seatbelt. To fasten your seatbelt, insert the tongue into the buckle and pull it until it is tight.
Starting the Car
Putting the Car in Park
With your right foot on the brake pedal, put the car in park. To do this, move the shifter to the “P” position.
Inserting the Key or Pressing the Start Button
Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the “start” position. If your car has a push-button start, press and hold the brake pedal and press the start button.
Checking the Gauges
Once the car is started, check the gauges to make sure that everything is working properly. The gauges should include a speedometer, a tachometer, a fuel gauge, and a temperature gauge.
Shifting into Drive
With your right foot on the brake pedal, move the shifter to the “D” position. This will put the car in drive.
Shifting into Reverse
To shift into reverse, press and hold the brake pedal and move the shifter to the “R” position.
Shifting into Neutral
To shift into neutral, press and hold the brake pedal and move the shifter to the “N” position.
Shifting into Park
To shift into park, come to a complete stop, press and hold the brake pedal, and move the shifter to the “P” position.
Applying the Brake Pedal
To slow down or stop, apply the brake pedal with your right foot. The harder you press the brake pedal, the faster the car will slow down.
Using the Parking Brake
When you park the car, apply the parking brake. To do this, push the lever on the side of the center console up or down.
Turning the Steering Wheel
To turn the car, turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the car to go. The more you turn the steering wheel, the sharper the turn will be.
Keeping Your Hands at Ten and Two
Always keep your hands at ten and two on the steering wheel. This will give you better control of the car.
Using the Turn Signals
Always use your turn signals when you are turning or changing lanes. To do this, flick the lever up or down on the side of the steering wheel.
Using the Horn
Use the horn only when it is necessary to warn other drivers of your presence.
Checking Your Blind Spots
Always check your blind spots before changing lanes or turning. To do this, look over your shoulder in the direction you are turning or changing lanes.
Driving an automatic car can be a safe and enjoyable experience. With a little practice, anyone can learn to drive an automatic car safely and confidently.