Learning to drive is an important skill to master, even if you tend to rely on other forms of transportation. After all, there are likely to be many times in your life when you need to get around and driving a car is your only option. These days, most cars have automatic transmissions, so learning to drive at Streetwise Driver Training with an automatic vehicle is the best approach to take.
You might think that mastering an automatic is a lot easier than learning to drive a manual transmission. In most
cases, this is true. Driving with a stick shift takes a lot more concentration at first. The advantage of driving an automatic is that you do not have to worry about shifting gears on your own or popping the clutch.
However, there are still some things that you need to keep in mind. For instance, if you are used to driving manual transmissions, driving an automatic will feel a lot different at first. You may not feel as if you are really in control of the car. People who are used to driving with a stick often feel as if the car is doing things on its own and that they are out of control.
Because of this, it is a good idea to get some practice under safe, controlled circumstances before you head out on the highway. You do not want to have something happen to you when there is a lot of traffic around and wind up causing an accident. Get some practice so that you feel comfortable before you head onto the road.
Most automatic transmissions have four basic settings. These are commonly marked with the letters P, R, N, and D on the gearshift. These stand for “Park,” “Reverse,” “Neutral,” and “Drive.” Most of the time when you are driving, you can just leave the car in “Drive” and not have to worry about anything.
However, most automatic transmissions have a few other options on the gearshift as well. These are usually marked with numbers, such as 1 or 2. These let you shift into lower gears manually if you need to. For example, if you are going up a very steep hill, you may want to force the car to go into a lower gear than it would on its own.
In most cases, however, you will not need to worry about using these special settings. Many drivers go for years without ever shifting away from “Drive” when they are on the road. One of the advantages of an automatic transmission is that you can just let the car do most of the work on its own, which means that you can focus on the traffic around you without paying attention to what gear you are in.
Learning to drive an automatic vehicle is an important life skill that everyone needs to master. Whether you drive every day or only on rare occasions, knowing what to do when you get behind the wheel is a must.