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).



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.


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.