How to Drive an Automatic Car

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Follow these steps if you are wondering on how to drive an automatic car in Canada:

Step 1: Start a Car

Beginners looking for how to drive a car must first push down the brake pedal with their right foot, then insert the key and turn it clockwise for starting their car.

Step 2: Select Your Gear


Place a foot on the brake pedal and shift the gear lever into "Drive”, which is marked with a "D" on the display panel. The same will get highlighted when you select it.

For cases where shift levers are mounted on the steering column, pull the lever towards you, then move it up and down to select a gear. In cases where shift levers are mounted on the floor, a side button is usually present for unlocking the lever. You can then move it along its track into position.


Step 3: Release the Parking Brake

This either comes as a pedal on the far left side of the foot area or as a lever between the two front seats. There might be a button to push on the topside model or a release lever above the lower parking brake before one can disengage it.

Step 4: Set a Car in Motion

Release pressure from the brake pedal slowly, and the vehicle will slowly get moving. Next, take your foot off the brake and use it to press the gas pedal gently. This will lead the car to move faster.

Step 5: Use the Neutral Gear

Individuals must use the "neutral" gear only when there is no need for controlling the car’s speed, not while driving regularly. This includes situations when a car is being towed or pushed.

Step 6: Using Lower Gears

The gears denoted by "1," "2," and "3" are lower gears. These work as a kind of in-engine brake system when drivers need to save their vehicle’s actual brakes. The lower gears can come in handy while going down steep hills. Drivers must use first gear only when they want to travel very slowly. They need not stop while shifting between the lower gears and drive.

Step 7: Stop a Car

Apply brakes for slowing or stopping a car. Take your right foot off the accelerator pedal, place it on the brake, and apply gradual pressure so that you do not jerk to a halt.

Step 8: Drive in Reverse Gear


Individuals having a search query on how to drive a car backwards, must ensure that their car is at a complete stop before the gears change in or out of "reverse." 

You can slide the gear shift for choosing the gear marked as "R" and look around for any possible obstructions. Then gently place your foot on the accelerator after removing it from the brake.

While turning in “reverse”, the vehicle turns in the same direction in which the wheel is turned.


Step 9: Park a Car

Apply gradual pressure to the brake pedal, and slide the shift lever back into the "P" position if you want to bring a car to a complete stop. Turn the key counter-clockwise to turn off the engine. Additionally, turn headlights off and apply the parking brake before you get out of your vehicle.

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