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Driving an Automatic Car

Test CarYou can take the driving test in an automatic car. However, when you pass your test, your driving licence will only entitle you to drive an Automatic. If you wanted to drive a manual car, you would have to take the manual test.

Learning to start, stop and steer is much easier in automatic cars. The right foot should normally be used to control the accelerator and footbrake. Because there is no clutch, your left foot should not need to be used at all. When the initial gear selection has been made, usually when the vehicle is stopped, all subsequent changes are carried out automatically. They are regulated by the car's speed and the pressure applied on the accelerator. When driving automatic cars, the brakes have to be used more often to avoid it's natural tendency to creep forwards.

Automatic cars enable drivers to concentrate on important things, such as planning ahead and steering. It makes learning to drive easier, particularly for older or disabled people. Your instructor should explain about the extra use of the handbrake and different techniques used to control the car at low speeds.

Practice makes perfect, so get plenty of practice from a Approved Driving Instructor.

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