3 common mistakes that should be avoided when driving an automatic transmission car

23/03/2019

Do you own an auto transmission car? These are some 3 common mistakes that should be avoided when driving an automatic transmission car. See them here now!

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Yes, gone are the days of the good old stressful manual transmission because the automatic transmission has now obviously made driving so much easier than the manual. As a matter of fact, many automobile enthusiasts believe that automatic transmission is still one of the greatest among all inventions so far in the auto industry. Is that true?

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Automatic transmission vehicles are arguably easier to drive than Manual transmission ones

Driving an automatic transmission car is relatively as simple as pushing the gear to whichever choice of action you want but as easy as it is, we realized that many people are still making mistakes with it. Some of these mistakes are even jeopardizing these people’s cars, that’s why we are putting this out to get everyone informed and help them enjoy the best from their various auto transmission vehicles. See our discovered 3 common mistakes that should be avoided when driving an automatic transmission car;

1. Revving the car engine before going ahead to change gear

Driving in real life is different from a movie. It is a seriously bad habit for anyone to be revving a vehicle’s engine just before switching to the next gear in an automatic transmission vehicle.

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It is completely unnecessary and unrecommended to be revving a car’s engine before changing gear

What this bad habit does is to give your vehicle’s transmission gigantic shock which normally leads to getting more friction between the engine’s internal components which as a result causes damages gradually to the parts of such engine.

2. Shifting from “Drive (D)” gear to “Reverse (R)” gear while the car is still rolling

It's just ridiculous to see some people doing this and the only question that it poses is why they do it? Could it be to save fuel or time?

It is even writing in the user’s manual of most automatic transmission cars that a driver should not be switching from “Drive (D)” gear to “Reverse (R)” gear while the car is still rolling. It is specified that one should always wait for the car to halt before engaging the reverse gear.

Not waiting as recommended might not reflect any harm to you or your vehicle instantly but know this today that doing that will make your vehicle’s various transmission parts keep changing direction too rapidly thereby wearing out the car’s gearbox at a very fast pace and you might end up having to spend huge money getting a new gearbox later on.

Video: What happens if you put your car in REVERSE while driving? (Things NOT to do while driving)

3. Switching the gear into Parking mode before the car stops

This one is for those drivers that use to imagine themselves being “007” or “James Bond” when on a Nigerian road. Take our advice and calm down to allow your vehicle to stop first before you go ahead to engage the parking (P) gear.

What you might not know is the underlying things happening whenever the parking gear is engaged. Let’s explain to you.

A switch to the Parking (P) position /mode causes a certain locking pin to get inserted into a particular gear that is attached to your vehicle’s gearbox output shaft. The wheels of your car are as well connected to this same shaft internally. So, whenever you engage the “P” gear to lock it and still keep your vehicle rolling simultaneously, you are absolutely just creating possible chances of breaking that locking pin in the transmission.

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Follow the rule of thumb- always wait for the car to completely stop before switching to the Parking mode

Conclusion

Gaining knowledge is one thing, applying it is another!
Even if you don’t drive an automatic transmission vehicle, you can still relate some of these common mistakes to your friends and families that might be affected and help them not only stay safe but also maintain a healthy vehicle that will last longer.

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Oluwaseun Solomon

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