How To Drive An Automatic Car

Your Guide to How To Safely Drive An Automatic Car

 

 How To Drive An Automatic Car – Here We Explain How To Start, Drive And Park Your Vehicle

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How to drive an automatic car? It is a question that more and more people are asking.

Indeed, formerly shunned by motorists, the automatic gearbox is beginning increasingly to invade the European road environment. It has to be said that the automatic transmission has undergone remarkable technical evolutions, going as far as offering a ease of driving in some cases much better than the manual transmission (especially in the caps).

DRIVING AN AUTOMATIC CAR: ATTENTION WITH YOUR LEFT FOOT

THE AUTOMATIC BOX

In the automatic car, the driver no longer needs to use the gearshift lever to shift gears, the car itself assesses changes in gears depending on the driver’s pressure on the accelerator
Also, once aboard an automatic, you will notice that instead of the three usual pedals, there are only two pedals: the accelerator and the brake. The clutch disappears. There is no longer any need to constantly press the left foot.
The shift lever also undergoes changes. More inscriptions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and R) on the lever, but rather on the case supporting the lever, you will notice the most common inscriptions:

P: parking – When the vehicle is stopped
R: reverse – Reverse
N: neutral – Neutral
D: drive – Drive.
How to start and drive an automatic car?

 

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Starting The Car

To begin, make sure your handbrake is tight, and the lever on P or N.
Then start the engine, fully depress the brake pedal and then move the lever to D (forward) or R (reverse).

Lower the parking brake and gently raise the foot of the brake pedal. The vehicle will move forward. Then you can press the throttle.

Note that once the lever is engaged in position D or R, the car starts moving at once. It is therefore very important to always keep your foot on the brake pedal when starting and the accelerator pedal raised.

 

Stopping The Car

You will need to position the lever in position P or R. Remember that there is no clutch, so avoid walking your left foot near the pedals or brake unintentionally.

In traffic

You no longer need to worry about shifting gears, this will happen automatically. For acceleration and overtaking, you will need to press the accelerator pedal fully. This maneuver also allows the engine to pass on the optimum ratio.

Parking

All you have to do is position the lever on P while keeping your foot on the brake. Then tighten the parking brake. On the P, the gearbox is locked and the drive wheels locked.

Car Battery Maintenance

Know your battery

A car battery has three important inscriptions:

The voltage: modern cars all use 12 volt batteries
The amperage: symbolized by an “A”, it indicates the maximum intensity available to the starter. Basically, the higher the amps are, the better the battery.
The ampere-hour (“Ah”) indicates the capacity of the battery to hold the charge over time, that is, the amount of energy it can give for a period of 20 hours .
Maintaining your battery

Checking levels

 

A battery contains a liquid, composed of water and sulfuric acid, called electrolyte. The lower the level of this liquid, the more your battery will show signs of weakness. If it is equipped with filling holes, you can check the level by removing the plugs or the closing bar. The liquid must cover all parts of the battery, namely 1 to 1.5 cm lead plates. Make-up can only be done with distilled or demineralised water. Never use special sulfuric acid battery: it is used only to fill new batteries, which are delivered dry.
You should also be aware that there is no deposition of sulphate on the battery lugs. These deposits decrease the intensity and therefore the performance of your car battery. To avoid them, rub the lugs regularly with a wire brush. If this is not enough, you can also use special washers, which isolate the pins and terminals, to prevent sulphate formation.

car battery maintenance

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Finally, a battery problem is sometimes due to an alternator problem. This will recharge your battery when your vehicle engine is running. If your alternator is failing, then your battery does not recharge anymore, and that’s the failure!

To check this, use a voltmeter and measure the voltage at the battery terminals. If all goes well, on a cold engine the battery must indicate a voltage between 12.5 and 12.7 V. Below, it is flat.

If you perform this check while the engine is running, the alternator should display a voltage between 14 and 14.7 V. Below, the alternator does not charge your battery, while on top of it Load too.
You are finally out of battery? No worries, we explain how to restart your vehicle, step by step.

Tutorial
Tools to be provided

Battery cable
A second car (in working order, of course)

Method

Plug the clamp into the + terminal of the second car battery.
Connect the clamp at the other end of the cable to the + terminal on your battery.
Connect the clamp of a second cable to the – battery terminal.
Connect the other end of this second cable to a ground (metallic element of the motor).
Let your battery charge for a few minutes.
Start and take a turn to recharge your battery