The first part of this article, how to drive an automatic car, an effort had been made to explain how one should “reverse” an automatic car. This article I will concentrate on explaining how to move the automatic car “forward”.
Driving the “auto” car forward is exactly the same as a manual car. First, ensure the gear is in Neutral or “N”. The gear should not be in “P” (Parking). This will also not start the car either.
Assuming that you have managed to start the car, move the gear to “D” (Drive) position to drive forward. Step on the accelerator lightly. The car should move forward gently.
The difference between the manual car and the “auto” is this. When driving the “auto” car, your right foot which is used to accelerate the car, should be able to react slightly faster than when driving a manual car.
This is because, should you accelerate too fast, the car will launch or move forward dangerously. Your right foot should then be able to flip over quickly to the brakes to control the car.
As the car moves forward and gain momentum, the “auto” car will automatically change gears by itself as you drive along.
Likewise, if you should release the accelerator, the gears would change back to the lover “revs” (revolution) this slowing down the speed of the car.
Initially, you are bound to experience some teething problems when you begin using the “auto” car. As time goes by, I’m certain you’ll get over it. You should then be able to enjoy driving the automatic vehicle.
A few things one should take note of the “auto” car though. An “auto” car need a strong, good battery to start it. A weak battery would probably not be able to do the job.
So effort to either “jump start” the car and “push starting” the vehicle will probably end in failure.
Therefore, maintain the car battery in good condition. You are advised to change the battery as soon as you see signs it is getting weak.
Hopefully with good car maintenance on your part, you should then have no problem with an “auto” car.
When stopping the “auto” car, remember to move the gear back to position “N”. If you’re parking overnight, you are advised always to move the gear back to “P” or Parking position.
When waiting at “traffic lights” or if you’re stopping for a while only, move the gear to “N” ideally.
With part I of this blog teaching you how to “reverse” and this post instructing you how to move the “auto” car “forward”, this driving blog has finally managed to teach you how to drive an automatic car eventually.
Good bye and take care!