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#1 08-11-07 01:45:24

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Driving an automatic

Hi all, just a quickie really, some friends and I are taking a trip up north soon, it's quite far and the two of us who will be insured on the vehicle we are taking don't have much experience driving long distances since we are quite recent test passes (this year) so we were going to do half the journey each, only problem is the vehicle has automatic transmission and neither of us have ever driven an auto before, so just need some advice.

How do you actually drive an auto, what are the differences between that and a manual. Is there anything special about it you need to know? Just to complicate things even more it is a left hand drive car with a 4.6L engine  roll

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Re: Driving an automatic




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#2 08-11-07 08:40:46

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Re: Driving an automatic

Drive it the same way, BUT remember theres no clutch so be careful with ur left foot or u might hit the brake when u dont want too! As its a LHD u need to be extra careful too lots of mirror use and obs, will take u a while to get used to sitting on the other side maybe a drive pre-trip will be a good idea to get u used to the car, and a big engine so be careful on that gas!!!!

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#3 08-11-07 10:49:36

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Re: Driving an automatic

You can only start the engine when the gear lever is in "Park".

Make sure you keep your foot on the brake as you put it into gear; once you take your foot of the brake the car will start to creep, which is great in slow moving traffic but not so great if the guy in front is stationary!


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#4 08-11-07 14:16:57

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Re: Driving an automatic

So it will move even when you don't touch the accelerator? lol sad

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#5 08-11-07 14:20:03

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Re: Driving an automatic

yep lol

Remember brake and gas all right foot. Left foot rests the whole journey lol

Lee

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#6 08-11-07 15:46:11

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Re: Driving an automatic

Getting used to the way the auto works will take minutes - apart from coming off the motorway after 3 hours you'll try to find the clutch pedal the first few times!

The more important bit is the fact that it's left hand drive - be very careful when parking in order to get a good view for moving off safely, and be careful when changing lanes on motorways etc - you've got the passenger and their headrest in the way of your shoulder checks, so look earlier and give yourself time to adjust.

Turning left is easy, but turning right (esp at lights) is less so, as you will have trouble seeing past anything ahead - ditto passing buses or large parked vehicles.

Good luck, but be careful.

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#7 08-11-07 16:13:05

pegasus
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Re: Driving an automatic

Hi

You can only start the engine when the gear lever is in "Park".

Make sure you keep your foot on the brake as you put it into gear; once you take your foot of the brake the car will start to creep, which is great in slow moving traffic but not so great if the guy in front is stationary!

Some autos even require the footbrake on as well as P, in order to start the engine.

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