First Driving Lesson-Automatic Car (2023)


In this driving lesson, I go over the first things that you should do when you are learning how to drive. I talk about starting the engine, putting the car into drive, and starting/stopping smoothly. The truth of the matter is that driving safely and smoothly is an art form, and for your first lesson, you should be getting the hang of the basics. You should practice turning, starting, and stopping. With enough practice, you will perfect these moves!

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Hey everybody I'm here today with your first driving lesson.

If you are looking for a beginner video for driving an automatic car you've come to the right place.

This will be the perfect driving lesson for an absolute beginner.

Let's get right to it, I'm going to turn the camera around and give you a point of view sort of video video frame of uh the driver's seat.

So let's turn it around right here, I'm in the driver's seat.

This is what you would see in the driver's seat of the car.

You have your steering wheel over here.

You have your dashboard right here, your your your gauges over here.

You have all the controls that you'll need as a driver right here.

These are all of the comfort controls.

As I like to call them.

You have your shift lever right here.

You have your emergency brake right here and then down here.

You have your brake pedal, which I'm pressing right now and your gas pedal, which is over here to the right the brake is on the left and it's wider.

The gas is on the right and it's taller, okay.

So, let's get right to it! This right here is the key that you will use to start the car now on this key.

You have to push this little button in, but on your key.

It might already be out like that.

So what you want to do is you want to take the key and you want to insert it into the key slot, which is right here to the right of the steering wheel, put the key in there now.

What you want to do next is you want to turn it and hold it to hear the engine crank and when the engine starts you're going to release it? So I'm just going to give you a better view: let's go ahead and start the engine and release it.

As you can see, the engine has started.

All of the accessories are starting up, and now, let's go over some of the basics for driving before we actually drive the car okay.

So let's get right to it once again, here's the steering wheel I'll be showing you how to hold the steering wheel in just a few moments.

When I have both of my hands free now, if you take a look over here on the dashboard, this right here is the tachometer.

It has.

These numbers they'll be numbered one through usually six seven or eight.

It should end at okay.

So right here, this is how fast your engine is.


This is the rpm of your engine over here.

Okay, if you look over here on the other side, this is the speedometer you can see.

The numbers are much bigger: 20, 40, 60, 80, blah blah blah all the way up to 260.

Okay, you also have an indicator here, letting you know that you are in park and what gear you you will be in okay, um, reverse, neutral drive we'll go over that in just a few moments, and then you have a little uh a little indicator here, showing you how much gas you have and the trip meter and the kilometers on the engine and so forth.

Now all of this stuff may vary from car to car, but it's all going to be there somewhere on the dash to the left.

Here you have your turn signal lever.

You push it up to go and activate your right turn signal, bring it back to the middle to stop down to activate your left turn signal, and you can see the left turn signal right there, flashing up for right, stop down for left, stop to the right here.

You have your windshield wiper lever, so this lever right here controls the windshield wipers.

You can turn them on by simply, if it's raining, you know pressing it down or up, and you can spray windshield wiper fluid by pulling it towards you.

That will be the case in most cars.

Okay, let's look at the main thing right here.

This right here is the shift lever, and all of this is for the air, the air conditioning, uh, the heating and uh and uh the the radio.

But we don't really need to worry about that, because um we're not concerned about the radio, because we're beginner drivers remember the only thing that you should be concerned about is this right here, which is the defrost setting? Okay, it looks like that, and this is that's for the front windshield.

This is for the rear, windshield turn it on like that turn it off, and for this one you have to turn it to that setting and make sure that the air is on.

So this is the shifter right over here now park.

If your car's in park, if it's in park, then you don't have to worry about anything because the car is not going to go anywhere.

You can push the gas pedal, it's going to rev the engine, but the car is not going to move.

Okay, reverse is how you send the car backwards, how you move backwards in the car neutral, okay will not keep the car in place, but it will also not move the car forward.

If I put the car in neutral, it would just rev the engine, but the wheels would be able to move.

If I were to physically push the car and drive is what you will mainly use it's to drive forward.


So let's get started what we're going to start off by doing because we're on a flat surface, we're going to pull down the emergency brake disengage it just like that.

So right now the emergency brake, the parking brake, the handbrake.

Whatever you want to call it is not engaged.

We can now start to move the car.

So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to put my foot on the brake pedal right over here foot on the brake pedal: okay, I'm going to put the car in drive, so I shifted it into drive.

It's in drive right there and if you take a look up here, it says d for drive.

Now my foot is still on the brake pedal, which means that the car is still going to be staying in the same spot.

Okay, now in just a moment, I'm going to release the brake pedal and what that will do is that will allow the car to move forward.

Now we don't want to press the gas pedal, we're just going to release the brake pedal for just a second and push the brake pedal again and you'll see the car will move forward.

I'll turn this to the side, I'm going to release the brake pedal right now, completely release it press it again, okay, and that will allow you to get the feel for moving the car.

So you want to practice doing that a few times to get a feel for the car moving forward I'll.

Do it one more time release the brake pedal press it again? Okay, and you want to get into the habit of doing it smoothly.

You don't want to be releasing and hammering it you want to get into the habit of a flow out and in on the brake pedal that will allow you to brake smoothly now for the gas pedal.

What you need to do is you need to be prepared to move okay, because if you push the gas pedal, the car is going to move forward at a decent speed.

So we need to have both hands on the steering wheel and for that guess, what I'm going to do? I'm gonna take this camera mount it over here and right now.

You're gonna get the perfect view of myself with my hands on the steering wheel.

Take one hand imagine that the steering wheel is a clock, take one hand, put it at the nine o'clock position or the ten o'clock position and the other hand put it at the two o'clock position or the three o'clock position on your steering wheel.

You'll see this little looks like a t in the middle of the steering wheel.

Almost just put your hands above that t.

Basically, okay.

Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to release the brake pedal, I'm going to start to turn and as I get into a straight line where I have more space, I'm going to just slightly push the gas, so I'm releasing the brake pedal, I'm moving! Turning the steering wheel, okay, turning the steering wheel! Now, I'm turning the steering wheel back and I'm going straight here, I'm going to just slightly press the gas pedal, I'm just barely pressing and I'm moving right now at a very slow speed about 10 kilometers an hour, I'm going to turn here.

We're gonna actually exit the parking lot.

Okay, so barely pressing the gas, but I'm literally holding the gas pedal, probably at one to two percent of the the range of motion that you can press the gas pedal at right.

Now, I'm going about 20 kilometers an hour.

Now I have to come to a stop release the gas pedal press the brake slowly slowly and I'm just slowly pressing it inwards and more inwards, compressing it more and more to bring the car to a complete stop.

I want to turn right, so I put my right turn signal on check.

My mirrors check my blind spot and then turn your steer wheel, hand over hand, as you can see, barely pressing the gas pedal right now, I'm just barely pressing the gas pedal and you're cruising cruising down the street, barely pressing the gas pedal.


Now, let's say you want to come to a stop.

I would recommend doing this on a side street that has no traffic like this right here.

Okay, I'm gonna just put my right turn signal on pull my car towards the curb and just slightly press the brake, I'm just increasing more and more and more and more and more, and when I'm almost fully stopped.

I just put pressure on the brake fully when you're almost at a stop, you sort of just give it all of the pressure now we're going to move forward again.

Put my left turn signal on to indicate that I'm leaving this pulled over position check my mirror my blind spot slowly, press the gas now we're going to speed up just a little bit, so I'm pressing the gas a little bit more now.

What you will find is that you need to find that sweet spot on the gas pedal to hold to hold the gas pedal at that in that spot, at that in that zone right there.

If I just continually press the gas pedal more and more, I'm going to speed up like this, which I don't want to do.

Okay, so just find that perfect acceleration level and hold it there.

You want to hold it there now to take a turn smoothly.

I'm going to show you right now, okay, to take a turn smoothly.

Let's say I want to put on my left turn signal.

You need to sort of practice to get to the point where you can turn the steering wheel, pretty much hold it in that position.

Look I'm holding it in this position.

Turning and then release and I've made the turn nice and smoothly, and that comes with practice.

So, as your first driving lesson, my advice is practice stopping going turning.

Those are the three most crucial things that people really get wrong in terms of when they're taking their driving tests and their driving lessons.

They don't practice enough stopping going and turning okay.

So right now, I'm gonna turn on this onto this little street right here.

It's a court um, so it's not gonna have any traffic.

It's pretty much a dead end.

Put my right turn signal on mirror blind spot turn the steering wheel hold it here: release! Okay, let's pull over again right.

Turn signal break just barely a little bit more a little bit.


All the way, so you want to just basically press the brake a little bit more, a little bit more all the way.

What I'm going to do is.

I will actually take the camera off to give you just a quick view of my actual braking process under the steering wheel.

So right now I have my foot on the brake.

Okay, just like that, let's try and get you get some light in there.

There we go.

I have my foot on the brake.

What I want to do is I want to release it okay, so I'm going to start moving forward just very slowly, there's no one here, no one's around no cars, no pedestrians releasing the brake, and then this is how I would come to stop a little bit a little bit more, a little bit more a little bit more a little bit more all the way, and I just came to a stop right now.

This is how I would start with the gas okay to actually pick up a little bit of speed release the brake.

Put my foot on the gas I'm right now, I'm moving, I'm barely pressing.

It at all, okay, that's all that you need to press it.

Then, when I want to come to a stop transfer to the brake, push a little bit a little bit more a little bit more a little bit more and all the way just like that.

So right now, I'm pressing and I'm at a complete, stop, there's a lot more pressure that I can put, but I I'm at a complete.

Stop, I'm pressing all the way to the point where it's enough pressure to stop the car.

I don't mean all the way.

Is it right to the floor? You don't have to do that unless you're, you want to sort of come to a very, very aggressive stop, but you don't need to do that when you're learning how to drive because you're not driving that fast.

Okay, that's basically it okay! So for your first driving lesson, what I can recommend to you? Okay to practice the takeaway points, what you should do when you're done watching this video practice starting practice, stopping practice turning start off in a parking lot uh! You know at a time where there's no one there, so you don't have to worry about any cars or any obstructions and then, when you feel comfortable enough move to a very, very low traffic side street, and then you can move on to main roads and stuff.

But you got to start small and keep progressing uh harder and harder.

You know to to harder and harder difficulties and that's basically it in this video.

I just wanted to go over your first driving lesson with me as a driving instructor.

I wanted to go over some of the basics of driving an automatic car, and I wanted to tell you the three most important things to practice.

If you want to be a good driver, pass your driving test and get your license practice, starting stopping and turning- and that's all I have for you today, thanks for watching.


How many lessons does it take to learn to drive automatic? ›

If you're looking for a rough estimate, the amount of hourly lessons you'll need to pass the automatic driving test are as follows: Exceptionally quick learners: 20 lessons. Quick learners: 30 lessons. Average learners: 45 lessons.

How do you drive an automatic car for the first time? ›

Driving automatic for the first time

With your foot still on the brake, move the shifter to Drive or Reverse, depending on which way you want to drive. Once you're moving, the gearbox will select the correct gear for the speed.

How fast can I learn automatic car? ›

How Long Does It Take to Learn to Drive Using Automatic Transmission? Learning to drive an automatic transmission vehicle is easier and quicker than learning to drive stick shift. Becoming competent may take less than 20 days, but it still takes skill and practice.

Is 1 hour enough for a driving lesson? ›

If you're someone who prefers shorter bursts of learning interspersed with breaks throughout the day, then an hour-long lesson may be better suited for you. On the other hand, if you prefer longer periods of focused instruction followed by a break afterward then two hours may be better suited for your learning style.

Is it hard to learn how do you drive automatic? ›

While it restricts the range of cars you can drive, some people find it easier to learn and subsequently pass their test in an automatic as it takes away a lot of the aspects of learning to drive some people struggle with, like clutch control and using the gears.

Is automatic better for beginners? ›

Most people find it easier to learn to drive in an automatic car. This is mainly because an auto takes care of changing gears for you, so you don't need to get used to use a clutch pedal and gearstick to change gears.

Do you use both feet to drive automatic? ›

When driving an automatic car, you would mostly use the right foot only for braking or accelerating in normal driving conditions; as you would in a manual vehicle. If you need to do some manoeuvring, it is ok to use both feet lightly; left on the brake and right on the gas.

How do you slow down an automatic car? ›

To slow down, transfer your right foot from the accelerator pedal to the brake pedal. Because of the reduced engine braking, you must brake sooner and more progressively than in a manual car. The transmission will automatically work its way down the gears as you slow down, so you are always in the correct gear.

How can I learn to drive faster? ›

Learn to Drive Quickly: 5 Ways to Speed Up Learning to Drive
  1. Apply for your provisional licence ASAP. ...
  2. Take an intensive driving course. ...
  3. Book your tests early and stay organised. ...
  4. Take practice lessons to supplement your regular lessons. ...
  5. Make sure you really are test-ready.

Can I shift my automatic transmission from D to 3 2 or 1 without stopping the car? ›

Yes you can. The handbook for your car will specify maximum revs at which it's safe to shift down. A modern car won't let you do it if your revs are too high. You should be able to shift from a number to D at any speed.

What is the best time for a first driving lesson? ›

If you're starting out learning to drive, have little experience or if it's your first driving lesson, the best time to take a driving lesson is when the roads are at their quietest. This may vary a little depending on where you live, but for weekday lessons, ideally aim for late morning or mid-afternoon (around 2 pm).

Do driving instructors pick you up? ›

In many cases, yes, driving instructors can pick you up. Depending on the school and your instructor, you may be picked up at any of the following places: Your home. Work.

Should I switch to automatic driving lessons? ›

Most people find it easier to learn to drive in an automatic car. This is mainly because an auto takes care of changing gears for you, so you don't need to get used to use a clutch pedal and gearstick to change gears. With an automatic car, you just put the car into 'Drive' and go!

What to do before driving? ›

How To Drive a Car | 7 Things to Do Before You Start the Car
  1. Walk Around the Car. a) When learning how to drive a car get in the habit of walking around the car before you get in. ...
  2. Adjust your Seat. ...
  3. Adjust Your Mirrors. ...
  4. Adjust Your Headrest. ...
  5. Adjust the steering wheel. ...
  6. Do your “Seatbelt Check!”
  7. Lock the doors.
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