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Automatic Car Driving Tips and Guide for Manual Transmission Drivers

Automatic Car Driving Tips and Guide for Manual Transmission Drivers

Are you concerned on how well you can drive an Automatic Car, as driven a Manual Transmission Car for years on years. Guide and Tips for Driving an Automatic Car for those who drive a Manual Car for long


Automatic Car Driving Tips 

Most of us in India – almost 95%+ in India have first started driving a Manual Transmission Car. The reason is the choice of Automatic in yester years was very limited to specific Model. 

But with Times changing, increased traffic levels and Manufacturers Offering in Automatic / AMT Auto Gear Shift Models in most of the range including our entry segment Tata Nano, Renault Kwid, Maruti Alto K10 available in AMT giving convenience of buyers.

Car owners are looking to upgrade there Old Cars (Manual Transmission Cars) with much modern Technology, Features, Styling and also are seriously looking to drive an Automatic Car as what the trend says.

But – at the back of mind is an apprehension of most of the owners is a question. Whether Driving an Automatic Car would end up to be easy to drive as what a Manual Transmission Car is ? Answer is Yes - its a breeze to drive in, refer our simple guide and Tips on Driving Automatic Car


Is Driving Automatic Different than Manual Transmission

Its to be noted that driving Automatic is almost as good as what Manual Transmission is, you get the same steering, same brake, same accelerator. Only thing changed is Gear Box and to offer in convenience is no Manual Clutch Option given as gears are changed Automatically with the increase and decrease in Speed

So your Left foot is completely free and can rest easily on Footrest (as placed in) instead of Clutch Pedal. The Brake and Accelerator pedal to be used only by the right foot.

Effectively means - driving an Automatic Car is more Easier and Convenient than a Manual Transmission Car


Refer this Video on how to drive Automatic Car


Refer this Video on how to drive AMT Car


Automatic Car Gear Box

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This is how the Gear Box looks and has generally been P-R-N-D. P means Parking, R means Reverse, N means Neutral, D means Drive. Also some Gear Box additionally have S-L Mode, S Means Sports Mode and L means Low Gear Mode. 

Needless to mention what Reverse and Neutral means as you already driving a Manual Transmission Car. Below are other Modes explained.

D Mode: The car when driven on road needs to be on Drive Mode. In Drive Mode with the change in Speed – the car transmission system automatically changes gear to give acceleration

S Mode: Sports Mode in which the gears are long, means a delay in upshift of gears with the increase in speed. However with Speed coming down – it remains same as in regular Drive Mode. Due to higher rpm been attained in S Mode, the pickup turns better on overtaking the vehicle. Essentially used on highway drive.

L Mode: means Low Gear and is essentially used when driving uphill on slow speed. Its like the 1st Gear as otherwise is in your regular Manual Transmission Car.

P Mode: Park Mode. The car when reached to destination is stopped and Parked in Park Mode

Its important to note that you have to press shift release button and slot gear in specific mode as per drive condition.


Set Up and Driving Automatic Car

1. Here the car is set on Park Mode. To Start the Car in Automatic – one always has to press brake and then turn on the ignition. Else the car engine will not Start

2. Been the car in Park Mode, when the engine start the car will not move unless you change the Gear to either Reverse or Drive Mode. Important to note that your Foot should remain on the brake till the time you select Drive or Reverse Mode.

3. Remove Foot from Brake only when the Hand Brake is down and Hold Steering Wheel in below way

4. Now slowly release in the foot over Brake and the car automatically start moving in or reversing back as what the mode is chosen. This is what effectively the car crawls in automatically – known as Creep Function in Automatic car.

5. Next is to press the Speed Pedal as what you do in regular Manual Transmission car to gain in speed. Easy and Simple

6. In case of slowing speed – again use brake to slow down the vehicle.

7. Important to note that in Drive Mode – the gears are automatically shifted by the transmission system, only thing is to consider in speed to increase speed by pressing down accelerator or decrease speed using brake.

8. Rest – Steering, Brake, Acceleration – all will work the way your regular car is. It turns out to be very easy to drive in the vehicle. At the time to halt the vehicle – release the acceleration pedal and press Brake pedal slowly to slow down the speed as what you do in your regular Transmission Car.

9. If reached destination on halt – use Park Mode to park the car.


Some Pointers

1. Your Left Foot is always relaxed, you only need to control Brake and Accelerator using Right Foot

2. While reversing – you only to release the brake pedal without even use of accelerator as car will reverse automatically.

3. To Turn the speed slow – you have to release foot from accelerator and mildly press in brake pedal

4. To Stop Car on red light for a brief – one can remain on drive mode and keep the foot on brake pedal. For a longer halt – one can turn off ignition and and shift hand lever up. Park Mode is best to be avoided on red lights and only be used only once you reach your destination for a longer Halt.

5. Shifting Mode from Reverse to Drive or Drive to Park or to any other mode, always press Brake before selecting the mode. Else can impact on Transmission System on longer term causing expensive repair

6. Last once you reach your destination – park the car in Park Mode and also raise up the Hand Brake.

Its simple and absolute ease to drive an Automatic Car. 


Refer Details

1. Best Automatic Cars in India

2. Automatic Cars with Best Mileage

3. Myth with Automatic Car

4. Automatic Vs Manual Car Pros and Cons

Hope should help in making an Informed Pick on Driving an Automatic Car.

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