Learn the Basic Driving

Learn the Basic Driving

Are you excited to hop on and drive? Wait until you learn to know some basic letters or the different gear lever layout P-R-N-D. Some have a dissimilar design but you should expect to see the following.

 

P” refers to a park, it always goes to P when you want to stop the engine. This selection mechanically locks the transmission or will prevent the car from moving.

 

R” is for reverse gear, this will be used when you will going to back (just like in manual shifting) up. To be able to select “R” the car must be at a complete stop to avoid severe damage.

 

N” refers to neutral same as a manual gearbox. Shifting into neutral will disconnect the transmission from the wheels.

 

D” is for driving this will allow the vehicle to move forward and accelerate through a range of gears. The number of gears transmission will vary depending on what car brand or model are you using for but common gear runs up to 3, 4 or 5 and 6 to the vehicle with the direct shift.

 

Since you are already familiar with the primary gearbox signs let’s move in on basic steps on how to drive an automatic transmission.

  •    Get into your car, adjust your seat and mirrors at your convenience, and be sure to identify blind spots before you start the ignition.
  •    We all know that an AT cars have no clutch pedal hence familiarization of every control is a must. The brake pedal is on the left while accelerator pedal is on the right, both can be found at the bottom of the front seat area.
  •    Place your right foot on the brake pedal (it is always advisable to use only one foot to avoid confusion) and press it. Insert the key and turn to start the ignition.
  •    Shift the gear into “D’’ or drive (while your foot still on the brake) and release the parking or handbrake.
  •    Make sure to check your surroundings and keep your focus on your direction before you slowly release pressure on the brake. The car will start moving, using the same foot, step the gas pedal gently to let the vehicle move faster.
  •    Take your foot off the gas and step it gently into the break when you are at an intersection or traffic.
  •    Again, “P” is for park thus when you reach your destination, slowly step on the brake pedal and slide the shift into the park position. Turn off the engine and don’t forget to switch off the headlights as well as apply the parking brake before you step out of the car.

 

Either you are driving an automatic or manual transmission there is only one essential factor that you should keep in mind and that is to “drive safe” and keep cool in the road.

 

For automobile advices and parts visit New York City Auto Salvage & Glass or call us at (718) 297-9797 and we will give a hand.

 

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