This section explains the automatic gears; how to use the gear lever, what all the various letters, numbers and symbols mean and other commonly asked questions asked by learner drivers answered.
When learning to drive an automatic car, you’ll need an understanding of the gear selector levers. They come in various form and this tutorial explains how to use them.
When starting out learning to drive, it can be a little confusing trying to understand what all the letters, numbers and symbols mean on the automatic car’s transmission. This tutorial explains what they all mean.
Most automatic cars now come with a manual mode and the type of manual mode varies depending on the vehicle. Here we explain why automatics have a manual option and why people might use them.
Many automatic cars now include an option to manually change gear. In this tutorial, we explain how to change gears, manually in both a traditional and modern automatic car.
Some drivers wonder what’s the point of having both a ‘Park’ (P) and ‘Neutral’ (N) option in the gear selector. Here we explain the differences between Neutral and Park and when to use them.
Here we take a look at ‘Park’ (P), when to use it and what happens to an automatic car when you put the transmission into Park. We also cover frequently asked questions about using Park.
We now look at an automatic car’s ‘Sport Mode’. Sport mode can be activated either via a button or by selecting ‘S’ on the gear shifter. We explain what sport mode is and what happens to your car when sport mode is activated.
In this tutorial, we explain what ‘kickdown’ is in an automatic car and the reasons and particular situations for why you would you use the kickdown feature.
Here, we explain what ‘creep’ is in an automatic car, along with why automatic cars have the creep function and the benefits of using creep, including during the driving test.