How to Drive a Car With an Automatic Transmission
Cars with automatic transmissions are very popular for both new and experienced drivers, as they are generally simpler to operate than manual transmissions and can be more comfortable for long trips. These simple steps will guide you in learning to operate an automatic transmission, but remember: before operating any motor vehicle, please make sure you have a valid driver's license and understand all local traffic laws.
Preparing to Drive
Get into your car.Unlock the vehicle with a clicker or key and climb into the driver's side.
Adjust the car to your needs.Adjust your seat in any direction you are able to/find necessary so that you can comfortably reach any controls and see well out of windows. Move the mirrors so you can see behind and to the sides of the vehicle clearly. Identify the car's blind spots before you start driving, so that you can check them before making any turns or lane changes.
Identify the controls.It essential to find the accelerator and brake pedals, the steering wheel, the gear selector lever, the light controls, the defroster, and the windshield wipers before you begin.
- The brake and accelerator pedals are located at the bottom front of the area where your feet are. The brake pedal is on the left, the accelerator is on the right.
- The steering wheel is the large wheel in the center of the driver's console. Turn it to the left and right to turn the wheels of the vehicle.
- Located on the steering column (usually on the left side) is a small lever that has a rest position in the middle and two locking positions above and below. This is the turn signal. Often on the left side of the steering wheel mounted into the console or a knob on one of the levers on the steering column is the control which turns the headlights on and off.
- The gear selector lever will usually be in one of two places: it is either mounted to the right side of the steering column or in-between the driver's and passenger's seats. It will have a display showing gear indicators, usually marked with the letters "P", "D", "N", and "R" and a few numbers. On steering-column shifting levers, this display is usually located on the instrument panel, underneath the speedometer.
Fasten your seat belt.Ensure that you and any passengers in your vehicle are wearing seat belts at all times.
Operating the Vehicle in "Drive"
Start the car.Place your right foot on the brake pedal and push it down, then insert the key and turn it clockwise to start the vehicle.
Select your gear.Keep your foot on the brake pedal and shift the gear lever into "Drive." This gear is marked with a "D" on the display panel, and will be highlighted when you've successfully selected it.
- For shift levers mounted on the steering column, pull the lever towards you before moving it up and down to select a gear.
- For shift levers mounted on the floor, there is usually a side button to unlock the lever. It can then be moved along its track into position.
Release the parking brake.This is either a lever between the two front seats or a pedal on the far left side of the foot area. There may be a release lever above the lower parking brake or a button to push on the topside model before you can disengage it.
Check your surroundings.Look all around the car, including blind spots, to see if there are any moving objects or beings in the vicinity. Make sure to keep your eyes mainly on the direction you're moving.
Get your car moving.Slowly release pressure on the brake pedal and the car will start to move slowly. Take your foot off the brake, use the same foot to press the gas pedal gently, and the car will begin to move faster. There is no need to change gears in relation to speed in regular road driving.
Turn the steering wheel to turn the car.In "drive," turn it to the left to turn the car left and turn it to the right to turn the car right.
Apply the brakes to slow or stop the car.Take your right foot off the accelerator pedal and move it to the brake, applying gradual pressure so as not to jerk to a halt. When you wish to start again, switch your foot back to the accelerator.
Park the car.When you have reached your destination, bring the vehicle to a complete stop by applying gradual pressure to the brake pedal and slide the shift lever back into the "P" position. Turn off the engine by turning the key counter-clockwise. Don't forget to turn off the headlights and apply the parking brake before getting out of the car.
Operating Alternative Gears
Travel in Reverse.If you need to travel backward, make sure the vehicle is at acompletestop before changing gears in or out of "reverse." Slide the gear shift to select the gear marked "R" and check behind/ around you for any possible obstructions. Gently remove your foot from the brake and place it on the accelerator.
- When turning in Reverse, your car will turn in the same direction that you turn the wheel. You're just going backwards, so the end of the car will swing in that direction, rather than the front.
Use "neutral." The "neutral" gear is only to be used when you have no need to control the speed of your car,notwhen driving regularly. Examples of this include when idling parked for a short time or when being pushed/towed.
Use the lower gears.The gears marked "1," "2," and "3" are known as lower gears. These can work as a sort of in-engine brake system when you need to save your actual brakes. Going is a good use of this technique. 1st gear, however, is only to be used when you must go very slowly. There is no need to stop when shifting between these gears and Drive.
QuestionWhich gear should be for parking in an inclined position?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYour gear should be in P because in a neutral gear without applying any breaks (pedal or handbrake), there is a high possibility that the car may move down depending on the angle of inclination.Thanks!
QuestionCan you keep on Neutral when driving down a hill?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can, but it is often illegal in some countries. When the car is in gear, the friction between the engine and the gearbox (as they are connected) will slow the car down (this is known as engine braking). However, in neutral, the engine and the gearbox are no longer connected, which means this friction no longer occurs. This means more braking power will be required to stop, which can be dangerous when going down hill as your speed will increase.Thanks!
QuestionWhy must I drive with only one foot?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFor an automatic transmission, it is not necessary to use two feet, because you should never hit the brakes and the accelerator at the same time. Use the rest provided for your second foot.Thanks!
QuestionWill my car go in reverse if I use the brake?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. The brake slows down your forward momentum by converting kinetic energy from rotating wheels into heat, or in the case of hybrids, electrical potential energy to store in batteries. Once the car is slowed/stopped, you'd have to engage reverse gear to go into reverse.Thanks!
QuestionDoes the brake need to be depressed when putting the car in neutral?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, if you don't want the car to move.Thanks!
QuestionWhen stationery, where should the gear lever be positioned?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you are parked, place the lever in P (park). If you are stopped for a traffic signal or similar, leave the lever in D (drive) and keep your foot on the brake.Thanks!
QuestionIf I release the brake too quickly, will the car turn off? Like it does in a manual transmission when the clutch is released fast?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. In a conventional automatic, a torque converter is used, which allows the engine to stay connected to the transmission so you can come to a complete stop without the car stalling.Thanks!
QuestionMy flying wheel keeps breaking. What can be the cause? I often change to neutral in regular drive, in the name of saving fuel consumption, and do not stop completely before changing to drive/neutral/park. Could that be the cause of the flying wheel getting destroyed?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerGoing into park while the car is moving is a massive no-no. When you put the car into park, a prawl locks the output gear and prevents it from turning. If you engage park whilst the car is moving, you will destroy either the prawl or the output gear (which is a very expensive job to fix). Just leave the car in drive until you come to park up unless you're stuck in a traffic jam. You'll have more control of the car and in some situations leaving it in drive provides better fuel economy (in a modern car) as the engine will use the speed of the wheels to keep the engine rotating rather than providing fuel (in neutral it cannot do that).Thanks!
QuestionWhen stopping in traffic for a short period, can I apply N and also pull out the hand brake?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can, but it's advised to keep it in D (unless you're stuck there for awhile). It won't harm the gearbox.Thanks!
QuestionSome cars have gears labeled S and B. What are they?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerS stands for "sport". On twisty roads, this allows you to keep your RPM up as you wind through corners. B doesn't have anything it stands for. B increases engine drag so that you can slow your car when going down a hill.Thanks!
Do you need to kick down on the accelerator to drop down a gear when overtaking quickly?
Do you have to apply the brake when shifting the lever from one position to the other
- Check your mirrors often.
- Drive defensively and pay attention to your surroundings when you are operating any motor vehicle.
- Donotuse one foot for the brake pedal and the other for the accelerator pedal. Use your right foot for both pedals and leave your left foot on the floor.
- Apply pressure to both the brake and accelerator pedals gently and gradually.
- Always pay attention to traffic signals.
- Keep your eyes on the road; don't text and drive.
- Follow all local traffic laws and always drive with a valid license.
- Never operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
- Lock your car when leaving it unattended.
- Always come to a complete stop before switching to P or serious transmission damage could result.
- When changing from 'R' to 'D' or vice versa, the car must be completely stationary before selecting either 'R' or 'D' or else it could cause serious damage to the transmission.
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