We’ve all learnt to drive cars on manual gearboxes, and although it may seem easier than driving a manual car, sitting in an automatic car and driving it for the first time can be a daunting experience for some.
It may seem pretty simple at the start, D for Drive, R for Reverse, but what exactly are the rest?
N stands for Neutral, this is for when you don’t want the car to select any gear
P stands for Park, this is used when the car is completely standstill and it locks the gearbox
S stands for Sport, this is used when you are driving through twisty roads and you want to keep the RPM up as you wind through corners.
Here are some tips which you can keep in mind, so that the transition from manual to automatic is smooth:
1. Starting the car:
Always remember, before you start the engine ensure that the car is in park and press the brake firmly and then select the gear and release the brake slowly.
2. Taking turn and changing speed:
Taking turn and changing speed is similar to manual transmission, you can easily change the direction by turning the steering wheel left or right and press the brake and accelerator for slowing down and speeding up respectively.
3. Foot work:
One of the most important transition from manual to automatic is the foot work! While driving any car, you need to understand the footwork in order to control the vehicle at its best. Automatic models don’t have a clutch pedal, they just have accelerator and brake. While new drivers may face some difficulty, its pretty easy; you use only your right foot to control the accelerator and brake, and your left foot will remain at rest all the time.
4. Last but not the least, Parking:
In order to park perfectly, always press the brake pedal along with shifting the gear to P!
Car enthusiasts may find these tips to be a no brainer, but these small tips for transition from manual to automatic can extend the life of your car, keep you safe on road and save a lot of money from car maintenance.