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How to drive an automatic car


Date Posted: 10/1/2012 4:58:22 AM

Posted By: saucer  Membership Level: Gold  Total Points: 4885

First of all you must note that the gear box of the automatic car is different from a manual car. In this case it is referred to as the selector level.
The selector level has 6 basic positions marked on it:
(i) P- Parking. This locks into a gear connected to the out shaft. Also give the vehicle positive lock to resist movement. The vehicle can’t move when in this position.
(ii) R- Reverse. Used to reverse the car
(iii) D- Drive. This is the first, second and third gear combined.
(iv) N- Neutral. The gear box is not connected to the engine and the vehicle can move when pushed. This level always the car to be towed away.
(v) L- lock- up. Low gear. It is safe and allows braking.
(vi) 2- High. This gives extra power to the wheels. It enables the car to move in mud or in rough terrain and in speed to accelerate faster.
The automatic car has two pedals. The brake is in the middle and the accelerator and the extreme right. The pedal on the extreme left is a foot rest. It is inactive in the operations of the car.
1) Adjust your chair so that you can easily reach the pedals.
2) Check your mirrors and adjust them to give you a clear view.
3) Put on your seat belt.
4) Put in the ignition key.
5) Grab the gear lever. Since it is at P you engage the gear into N. Start the engine by turning the ignition key clockwise.
6) Move the gear lever from N to D.
7) Release the handbrake and press accelerator slowly.
8) The vehicle will start to move forward at a slow speed.
9) Since the car is automatic the gear will change by itself. All you have to do is press the accelerator pedal and change the direction according to where you are going.
10) When you want to decelerate release the accelerator pedal and

the gears will change automatically.
11) When braking, release the accelerator and press the brakes smoothly until the vehicle stop where you want.
12) Do not press brake pedal in fully because the vehicle will stop suddenly without warning to other road users and you could cause an accident.
13) When the vehicle has stopped press the gear lever to lock in
14) Put the gear to P (parking.)
15) Engage the handbrake and switch the engine off.
16) Make sure all windows are closed for security.
17) Remove the ignition key by turning it anti- clockwise. Exit the car

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