Hiring a car in Uganda among the many car rental agencies seems easy process however do you surely know how to drive an automatic car? A common rental car for self drive in Uganda. Probably you have known how to drive manual cars in your home country but have you tried driving the easy Automatic transmission vehicle? Learning the basics of an automatic transmission would definitely be a step to driving an automatic car in Uganda. As part of the Auto Rental Team we think this article can be helpful in knowing the steps of driving before starting to practice for real and hiring a car for self drive in Uganda and the beautiful lands.
Know the use of the feet
Just un-like the manual cars in Uganda, the automatic vehicles in Uganda don’t have the clutch pedal. They do have only the brake pedal and accelerator and you will use only your right foot to control them. The first lesson of learning how to drive an automatic car is to know that your left foot should remain at rest all the time.
Starting the car
The lever should be in P when the engine is off. Push the brake pedal and insert the key to the ignition to turn it on. Gently shift the gear to the D and then release the pressure on the brake pedal slowly. The vehicle will start moving automatically.. However keep the slight press on the pedal and release gently so you don’t get it fast.
If you want it to move faster, simply press the gas pedal. The speed has nothing to do with the gears. So, don’t change it for regular road driving.
Taking turns and slowing down
You have to turn the steering wheel left or right to drive the car in that direction. Apply the brakes to slow it down or stop. The accelerator is for speeding up and you have to limit that speed by shifting the foot on the brake pedal. Apply pressure on it slowly and gradually unless you need to stop the vehicle all on a sudden.
This is the last step of this procedure of how to drive an automatic car. You have to gradually press the brake pedal and shift the gear to the P position to stop the vehicle completely. Use the ignition key to switch off the engine. Finally, turn off the headlights and get out of the car.
Besides learning these basics of an automatic car, you should also read the owner’s manual of your rental car so to be covenant with in preparation for your intended self drive car rental in Uganda.