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Driving an automatic car: advantages and operation

  1. What are the advantages of automatic cars?
  2. Driving fun despite the automatic?
  3. What do the abbreviations D, P, R and N stand for? And which pedals do I use?
  4. How rare are automatic cars on German roads?

What are the advantages of automatic cars?

All automatic circuits work according to the same principle: The system not only selects the right gear for every situation, it also shifts gears and operates the clutch. This means that automatic cars can also be driven using just one leg, because there is no need to disengage before shifting.

The biggest advantage of such a system is that the engine is always in optimal speed range can work. Depending on how the system is tuned, an automatic transmission ensures better dynamics or, for example, makes it easier to pull a trailer.

In fact, previous systems had the massive disadvantage of increasing fuel consumption. Automatic transmissions are now significantly more fuel-efficient. Current automatic converter or dual clutch transmissions can certainly keep up with traditional manual transmissions. So automatic cars are a great thing in and of themselves, right?

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Driving fun despite the automatic?

Automatic vehicles have long been considered lazy cars and had a reputation for being boring to drive. Not shifting gears actually makes you less busy on the road, but isn't that a good thing? Ultimately, this allows you to concentrate better on other things such as traffic, signage or pedestrians. Some say that driving with gears is more fun. We at PKW.de think that depends entirely on the car, because Driving pleasure is not only linked to the transmission, but also to aspects such as speed, acceleration and cornering behavior. And can't these be savored better if you don't spend time coupling?

What do the abbreviations D, P, R and N stand for? And which pedals do I use?

If you are used to using a manual transmission, driving an automatic car can be quite confusing at first. You will probably step into the void with your left foot a few times until you get to that missing clutch pedal got used. Driving an automatic car is then extremely easy: the gear selector lever only needs to be set to "D" for drive (with the brake pressed). When the brake is released, the car pulls away at idle. Logically, the accelerator accelerates the car further. “R” stands for reverse gear, “N” for neutral, ie idling, and “P” stands for parking. Before changing gears, the car must be stopped and the brakes must be depressed. Incidentally, the pedals for brakes and accelerator are in the same place as in a vehicle with manual gear shifting and should be operated with the right foot. So in principle it's very simple. Newer automatic cars sometimes also have a semi-automatic mode, in which you can change gears manually using paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. The right switch engages a higher gear, the left a lower one.

How rare are automatic cars on German roads?

So driving an automatic car has many distinct advantages, especially if you travel around the city a lot. Also, drivers are who do not concentrate on clutching and shifting often safer on the go. Most automakers have recognized this and are increasingly promoting the increasingly cheaper automatic cars. In 2018, around every second new car was manufactured with an automatic transmissionIn 2000 it was only every fifth car. Automatic gear shifts are often preferred, especially for SUVs and sedans in the higher price segment, while manual gearshifts are the rule in small and compact cars. So the trend clearly shows that rising demandwhat concerns automatic cars.

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