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Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Driving An Automatic Transmission Car.



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Automatic transmission cars makes driving a lots easier when compared to their manual counterparts.

Automatic transmission is regarded to be one of the greatest inventions in the automobile industry.

Driving automatic cars are less stressful and quite easy to learn. You have little work to do. You just take care of the control and forward and backward movement of the car. Computers will take care of some other strenuous things like changing of gear.

As simple as driving automatic cars can be, it is sad that a lot of people still make mistakes that can even jeopardize their car.

Below are the 3 mistakes you should be cautious of and should avoid in order to keep your car healthy.

1. Revving the engine before you change gear:
revving a car before engaging to a gear

It’s high time you forget all those things you see on movies. Revving the engine before switching to a gear is not a good habit for automatic cars.
This particular act gives the transmission a massive shock that leads to more friction between the internal components, causing damage to engine parts.
Desist launching your vehicle like this.

You might like to read: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Do When Driving A Manual Transmission Car

2. Shifting the gear from Drive (D) to Reverse (R) when the car is rolling:

For those that do this; do you do it to save time or fuel?
Most cars have in their user manual that you should not switch from D to R when the car is rolling. Wait till the car halts.

If you don’t wait for the car to halt, you make your transmission components to change direction rapidly, wearing out the gearbox at a very surprisingly fast pace.
Your transmission isn’t designed to act as brakes; your brakes are there to do this work.

Is your car’s transmission having problems already?

See this post.. 8 Signs Of Car Transmission Problem

3. Switching into the Parking mode before completely stopping the car:

This is for the James Bond drivers. Oga calm down and allow your car to stop before putting it in the park position (P).
Shifting to the Park mode will cause a locking pin to be inserted into a gear attached to the output shaft of the gearbox. The wheels are also connected to the same shaft. So, when you lock it and keep the vehicle rolling at the same time, there’s a risk of breaking the locking pin.

Avoiding these above mentioned practices will extend the life of your automatic transmission car, keep you safe on the road and save you a lot of money from car maintenance.


Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.