Tips For Driving an Automatic Car For The Beginners
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If you are learning the art of driving, then you may have been learning the driving skills of basic manual cars where there are a clutch, a break, and an accelerator. However, automatic cars don’t have a clutch. This means that if you have practiced on a basic car with 5 or 6 gears, then you will face some issues in adjusting to this new clutchless system. Therefore, in order to help you out here are five helpful tips to drive an automatic car. Please keep one thing in mind the following points are written for the first time learners who are not familiar with the system of an automatic car.
When you become very anxious, that reflects on your driving. You may not bump into people walking on the road; however, you may end up getting dents on the car. Therefore, don’t be nervous while you hold the steering. Even before you hold the steering, you should be comfortable with your seat.
Seat upright on the driver’s seat and make your footing comfortable. Relax your hands and properly tighten the seat belt before starting the car. Don’t feel that you are driving a special car. This car has almost the same functionalities as the car where you learned driving. If you feel very nervous, then keep an experienced driver beside you who can guide you before things go out of hand.
As mentioned earlier, there are very few differences between a manual and an automatic car, one being that the latter adjusts to higher gears automatically. Therefore, the basic driving technique, that is adjusting the speed, turning left and right with the car will be similar to that of manual cars. If you don’t have to reverse your car too much, then you may not even need higher gears that frequently. Therefore practice a lot on manual cars, before you shift to automatic cars.
Since you are a first-time driver or a learner who will soon be getting a driving license, you should master on these three gears first. Park is a gear that allows your wheels to remain in position and don’t turn. This way, you will get a better grip on the steering. Therefore, it is advisable to start the car with park gear set in the automatic car and the same when you finish your driving and are about to stop the car.
While driving the car, you can slowly shift to Drive gear. This is the gear that is used to drive an automatic car on a clear road. However, on a traffic-congested road try more of the Neutral gear. This gear helps to ease into the traffic transitions. Therefore, your car will get a break from sudden brakes. Such brakes can be harmful to the tires too.
There is one more gear along with the ones mentioned above. This is the Reverse gear. This gear obviously helps to reverse your car. If you are a first-time driver, then try to use this gear, only after you have mastered the art of using the other gears.
If you are still not comfortable with the clutchless property of the automatic car, then it is better that you first master yourself on the gears mentioned in (3). Only after you can use those gears seamlessly, you can use reverse gear like a professional. Therefore, unless really required try not to reverse your car. When you can use the Reverse gear properly and without any issue, you will be able to drive the automatic car like a true professional.
Since you are a first-time driver, you should drive slower than other automatic car drivers, who may be professional. As this car has lesser gears than a manual car, you will feel a little out of place initially. Hence first you should drive slowly to get yourself comfortable with the gears. The drive gear helps you to get a faster pace. However, this is not recommended for learners. You should have the basic driving skills before you can speed up like a professional. If you want to speed up, then you try clearer roads (may be of the rural areas).
The city roads are mostly congested be it day or night. Therefore, it will be foolish of you to start driving at a mighty great speed at the beginning only. Even if the neutral gear helps you to stop the car smoothly, you might not be able to manage the turns with high speed. Your car makes skid and you may end up in an accident. In order to avoid that always be careful of the sharp turns around you and always drive slowly, until you are comfortable with all the four gears of an automatic car.