Challenges of mastering automatic transmission

Why Automatic Transmission Is So Popular

Automatic cars are in fashion all over the world. Since they are much easier to drive, new drivers prefer cars to manual transmission. New drivers find it quite difficult to learn the clutch controls and gear changes in a manual car. With the car’s transmission shifting gears on the fly, the driver can focus full attention on driving without being distracted by when to release the clutch and when to shift gears. All you need to learn is the driving rules and steering control and you are on your way to becoming a driver. So it’s no wonder that automatic transmission vehicles are so popular these days. In many African countries, manual transmission vehicles still sell well, but in America and Europe the fight has already been won by automatic transmission vehicles.

Tips for driving a car with an automatic transmission

The story is different when an experienced driver in a manual transmission car starts driving an automatic car. Here are some tips to help you make the transition. First, there are only two pedals in an automatic transmission car: the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal (also called the accelerator), the clutch pedal that was causing you so much trouble in a manual is gone. The clutch is no longer necessary because the car changes gears and not you manually.

Second, while using both feet when driving a manual transmission vehicle, you must unlearn this when driving an automatic vehicle. In a motor vehicle, both pedals must be operated by the driver’s right foot and the left foot can relax. Sometimes when you have just shifted from manual to automatic your left foot can land on the brake pedal when changing gears, this can be a problem, so one way to train your left foot is to take off your shoe to feel the difference in the two feet. The other trick is to tuck the left foot under the right foot to keep it out of the way.

Third, you don’t need to learn the motions of putting a car at different speeds. You just pull the stick to the desired setting and the car goes into that gear. All cars have these four settings: P for parking, R for reverse, N for neutral, and D for driving. Other cars and trucks may have more fixed gears for easier maneuverability going down a hill or driving in the snow. Neutral N is used if the car must be pushed or towed.

Before starting the car, make sure the gear is in park mode (P), now start the engine and press the brake pedal with your right foot. Shift the shift lever from park option (P) to drive option (D). You are ready to drive now. Hold the parking brake and look around you, including your blind spots, to make sure it is safe to move. Release the parking brake once you know it is safe. Slowly take your foot off the brake, moving the car forward. Put your right foot on the accelerator and press down to increase speed.

Cruise control

Most cars now come with cruise control in and around the steering wheel. Once the cruise control button is pressed, the car will maintain the precise speed it was traveling at when you pressed this button.

Things to keep in mind when driving a

There are a number of quirks that you should be aware of when driving an automatic vehicle, especially if you are not used to the settings:

· Engine ‘creep’: Most motor vehicles go slowly when the engine is started, so it is a good habit to have your foot on the brake at this time. The good news is that many automatic cars won’t even start if you don’t put the brake on your foot.

· High gears on hills: An automatic car will shift into a higher gear on a steep downhill stretch as its speed increases. Shift to a lower gear setting until you’ve cleared the hill then return to driving mode to put the automatic transmission back in charge

· Reduced engine braking: An automatic car doesn’t offer the same engine braking as a manual car when you take your foot off the gas pedal, so you’ll find yourself braking harder than in a manual car.

· Changing at the corners: Cars with an automatic transmission can change gears when you relieve pressure on the gas pedal in a curve. Avoid this by gradually reducing speed, which will cause the engine to shift one gear and then accelerate through the curve.

· Slippery conditions: In conditions such as snow and ice, it is safer to use a higher gear by manually selecting a higher gear (2 or 3 on the gear stick).

· Left foot braking: It is tempting to use your left foot to brake, but avoid doing so to reduce confusion in an emergency stop. Occasionally you may need to use your left foot to brake when maneuvering up a hill as you will need a bit of acceleration to move the car, but as a general rule of thumb use only your right foot.

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