How To Drive A Car-For Beginners-Driving Lesson

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hey everybody I'm here today to show you

how to drive an automatic car this will

be a complete tutorial and I will be

going over all of the aspects of driving

an automatic vehicle let's get right to

it as you can see I have my seat belt on

the first thing that you want to do is

you want to get the key put it inside of

the key holder and you want to turn and

hold it let the engine crank when you

hear the engine start release just like

this release now I'm gonna let the car

start up for just a few moments and I'm

gonna actually start driving so what you

want to do is you want to get the gear

selector which is right over here and

you want either press the button or hold

it to the side and move it into drive

because we're moving forward in this

video so we're gonna move it into Drive

let's take it I'm pulling it to the side

bringing it down to drive you'll notice

it goes from park to reverse to neutral

to drive bring it to drive if you have

the emergency brake engaged release it

and you may begin I'm gonna put my turn

signal on and I'll explain all of this

in just a few moments and we're gonna

start moving forward so I'm slightly

pressing the gas pedal I release the

brake pedal and I'm slightly pressing

the gas pedal and on a side note when I

shifted from parking to Drive I had my

foot held down on the brake pedal now

when you are starting to get the car

moving you want to press the gas pedal

nice and smoothly you don't want to mash

it down you want to ease into it and

when you start feeling the acceleration

level that you are happy with then you

can hold the gas pedal at that level so

right now I'm holding the gas pedal at a

certain degree because that's giving me

the acceleration that I want if I press

it more I will accelerate more if I

release it I won't accelerate as much

now I'm approaching a stop sign up there

so I'm gonna press the brake and once

again I'm not mashing the brake I'm

pressing it nice and easily - stop the

car smoothly now if you're if you're in

an emergency situation then of course

you should mash the brake don't try and

stop your car smoothly and risk getting

into an accident but you what you need

to do is try to use your judgment to

press the brake to judge the stop

well enough that you can press the break

nice and smoothly to bring the car to a

smooth stop now

this is a steering wheel and I'm pretty

sure you knew that but let me explain

some things about the steering though

what we have here is a steering wheel

okay some people hold it like this some

people hold it like this I would

recommend getting your hands look at the

middle of the steering wheel bring them

down equally on each side that's where

you want all the steering wheel doesn't

matter field a little bit higher a

little bit lower equi distance from the

center of the steering wheel from the

top center of the steering wheel you

want a nice firm grip on the steering

wheel both don't have this crazy grip on

it just have a nice firm grip on it so

that you have control over the car

now you'll notice that I'm making micro

adjustments as I Drive meaning in order

to stay straight and centered in a lane

you need to make micro adjustments as

you drive you don't hold the steering

wheel in one spot and never make any

adjustments because then you will end up

likely going on an angle to the left or

to the right so you want to make those

micro adjustments now speaking about

staying centered in the lane in order to

stay centered in the lane you don't want

to look at the car in front of you you

want to look far ahead in that lane and

once again keep a firm grip on the

steering wheel make sure your hands are

equally spaced apart from the top center

of the steering wheel and make those

micro adjustments and with those three

key factors you can keep the car

centered in the lane as you drive and

you will not be swerving to the left to

the right you will not be

overcompensating or making hard

adjustments you will just be making the

micro adjustments the next thing I want

to talk about are the things around the

steering wheel if you look to the left

of your steering wheel and this is on

most cars that every car has these

levers and gadgets in these spots but

most cars do

if you look to the left of your steering

wheel there's a lever it is a turn

signal lever it controls the turn

signals the indicators now the cool

thing about holding the steering wheel

right here is that you have access to

both levers now speaking about the one

on the left and continuing with the one

on the left if you press it up it will

turn the right turn signal on so I'm

going to turn it on right now just like

that I'm gonna press it to the middle

again to turn off the signal if you

press it down it will turn the left turn

signal on okay so that's basically on

your left now most cars will also have

the headlight controls on that lever

right there so for the headlight

controls for the most part you're gonna

turn the end of the lever to turn the

headlights on or off or set them to

automatic mode and if you want to use

your high beams you're they're gonna

press the lever out to constantly keep

your high beams on are you gonna just

sort of flick it back like that and that

will that will flick your high beams

boom boom just quick little on and off

just like that now the turn the the

lever to the right of your steering

wheel well most of the time control your

windshield wipers and windshield wiper

fluid it's really easy to operate the

instructions are actually right on it

but for the most part if you pull it

towards you it's gonna let some

windshield wiper fluid it's gonna spray

it onto your windshield like that the

windshield wipers will turn on and if

you want to continue to use the

windshield wipers if it's raining you

can push it down like that or hold it up

um and the instructions will be right on

there now most cars allow you to hold it

up just to use them for the time being

or press it down with different

variations of whether it's gonna be an

automatic mode or intermittent or fast

or slow it all depends on the car but

the instructions should be right on the

lever you'll see the different modes for

wherever you want to place the turn T

the windshield wiper leaver you have

something in the center of your steering

wheel or little buttons on the side

that's your horn okay I believe that

there are two types of hogs the first

type is a nice easy quick honk

just like that that is in my opinion the

honk that you use to alert other drivers

about something minor you have a flat


your gas cap is open your trunk is open

look the light is green whatever you

whatever you need to let them know ok

the other honk is when you press and

hold down the horn and I'm not gonna do

that because there's a lot of cars

around I don't want anyone to think that

anything is wrong and that's when

there's something serious that you want

to alert the other driver or pedestrian

about for that one you're gonna press

and hold it down the horns gonna go me

just like that okay so those are

basically the two types of honks now on

your steering wheel there will also

likely be a cruise control buttons

cruise control buttons to control the

cruise control they're pretty easy to

operate check your owners manual for

that it's pretty straight forward I've

actually got a whole separate video on

the cruise control buddies and functions

and how they work and then you might

have some volume control some radio

controls some bluetooth controls on the

other side like this Mazda 3 does as

well now with regards to actually

turning and I'll be able to demonstrate

this in just a few moments hopefully if

I approach a turn with regards to

turning like I said when you're just

driving on the street and you want to

stay centered in the lane you want to

make your micro adjustments just like

that okay when you want to actually turn

the vehicle your goal should be to judge

the turn and estimate the turn in a way

that allows you to turn the steering

wheel to certain degree hold it there

throughout the turn and then release the

steering wheel and allowed to turn back

when you have completed the turn excuse

me now if you are gonna if you are over

steering that means that if you only

need to turn it this much you're turning

it much more and what's gonna happen is

you're gonna steer too sharp into the

turn if you're under steering that means

you're gonna see you're too little and

you might go into the curb so you need

to practice your steering to judge it

properly now my rule of thumb is that

the majority of turns will use somewhere

between 25% and 50% of the steering

wheel being turned so if I'm making the

right-hand turn you know what I'm doing

in a regular speed I would have to turn

it something like

give or take and I'm just gonna keep

moving straight right now I don't know

if I'll have an opportunity to show you

a turn but I'm gonna do my best

let's get it to the right hand lane

let's see if we can make an opportunity

because when you're driving if I'm four

do these don't arise you create them all

right that's a little bit of motivation

for you as well I apologize about the

camera moving around on I might have to

fix in just a few moments so we're

driving right here I'm gonna try and

approach a turn and you'll notice that

what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna let my

foot off the gas pedal I'm gonna start

to apply the brake and I'm going to slow

the car down and the goal is to slow the

car down to a speed that will allow me

to make the turn safely that's the goal

right there so I have a turn up here I'm

pressing the brake is this a turn yes

I'm putting the right signal on now

watch as I make this turn watch how much

I took the steering wheel and watch how

I hold it okay we're turning the

steering wheel I'm holding it that was a

sharp turn and I release and now I Drive

straight now what I'm gonna do is I'm

gonna turn into this parking lot to just

give you a brief idea about reversing

okay and I'll fix the camera as well

putting my right signal on we're turning

into the parking lot release just like

that just like that okay so I'm going to

turn it to this parking spot right over

here let's put my signal well turn into

the parking spot right here

okay now sometimes I make turns with one

hand that's completely fine but when you

reverse let's just fix this camera there

there we go I think we're good let's

tighten it up sorry about that everybody

okay we're good to go

now it's really dark I apologize it's

really not not what I wanted to happen

okay we're back okay now to put it into

reverse I'm gonna take the gear selector

that's so bright Wow

so bright I'm really sorry this is not

what I'm there we go good enough take

the gear selector move it to reverse now

when you reverse the car you want to

turn your hand around completely look

out that rear windshield ramires start

to reverse and you want to turn your

steering wheel now if I was parked

beside another car I will not turn my

steering wheel this much because when

you reverse and you turn your steering

wheel what's gonna happen is

your friend is actually gonna swing out

and if you're parked too close to

another car if your front end swings out

then you actually have the risk you run

the risk of actually damaging that car

and your own vehicle so I'm gonna put my

left turn signal on will turn out in

this parking lot and then I will tell

you I will tell you some other things

about reversing now when you're when

people are reversing most people tend to

think that if you turn the steering

wheel right okay

the back of the car is gonna go left cuz

your reverse things are backwards well

that son I'm sorry but it's actually the

reverse if I'm reversing and I turn my

steering wheel to the right what's gonna

happen is the back of the car is gonna

also go to the right so if I'm turning

my stairwell to the passenger side the

back of the vehicle will be led to the

passenger side okay so that's and if the

same thing with the exact opposite if

I'm reversing out and I turned my

stairwell to the left the back of the

vehicle will head to the left which is

the driver's side I'm gonna make this

turn right here now

another thing to know following distance

okay when you are driving your vehicle

you're gonna likely be behind another

car you don't want to follow too closely

you really don't want to because what's

gonna happen is if they press their

brakes hard you're gonna have to mash

your brakes run the risk of damaging

your car damaging their car damaging

yourselves as people doing causing an

accident putting everyone in a dangerous

situation so with that being said keep a

good following distance now it all

depends on the speed that you're driving

at but there are good following distance

rules I would say you're following

distance timelines should be between two

and three seconds okay so what that

means is that I'm looking at four in

front of me

the truck is gonna pass this pole

I'm gonna count from what the truck

passes the pole at least two to three

seconds should pass before I pass the

pole you want to use an object as a

judgement and then you're gonna wait the

amount of seconds and make sure that you

don't pass that object within that time

frame and after that the other vehicle

passes the object so once again I'm

looking at the truck in front of me the

truck is passing this set of lights and

it passed it one two three four and a

half and I passed a set of Lights

so with that being said you have to use

your judgement okay

don't follow too closely the faster that

you go but the faster that you're

driving the more distance that you need

to keep because at higher speeds there

are longer braking distances so your

stopping distance is much higher when

you're traveling at 120 kilometres an

hour that when you're traveling at 40

kilometres an hour so with that being

said you have to incorporate it remember

driving safety is the number one thing

when you're driving a lot of people want

to look cool a lot of people want to

have these cool maneuvers safety is your

number one concern when you are driving

holding two hands on the steering wheel

like I told you right there keeping your

eyes up ahead of you to stay centered in

the lane not being distracted while

you're driving is unbelievably important

try and stay as undistracted as possible

okay making turns reversing I've gone

over I've gone over all of the things

here you have your radio controls here

you'll likely have your climate controls

here now I would recommend getting fully

acquainted with a vehicle before you

drive it and that's because I recently

just bought a brand new Honda CRV and

when I first drove that Honda CRV I

didn't really know where everything was

and I drove a Honda Civic before and it

you know things were in different spots

you think that because it's the same

manufacturer I'd know where everything

was but things were in different spots

because it was a different vehicle and

it was much newer than my Honda Civic

and what happens is instead of

focusing on the road you end up focusing

on doing things in front of you which is

not what you want to do definitely a

no-no so with that being said get

acquainted to your vehicle now if you're

starting to drive whether you're a new

driver or whether you are just getting

your new vehicle practice in a parking

lot of practice on a street that has

virtually no traffic during the non peak

hours I mean don't go driving during

rush hour if you're uncomfortable

driving now with regards to fear of

driving because if you're watching this

video to learn how to drive you might

have a slight fear of driving so I want

to incorporate it in the vehicle as well

I would advise you to not have anxiety

or fear of driving at all because the

things that you're thinking about are

highly highly unlikely situations and

with that being said if you remain safe

while you're driving there's an

unbelievably low chance that anything

significant that you're imagining will

actually happen okay a very extremely

low chance and the more the more the

more safely that you drive the better

that your chances will be of not getting

into an accident I do understand that

accidents can happen and other people

can cause accidents too but if you're

paying attention to the road you stand a

good chance at avoiding many of those

accidents that we imagine when we have

driving fear or driving anxiety I want

to put my turn signal on another thing I

want to talk about checking your blind

spot okay so when you are changing lanes

okay it's a very important thing because

we change these all the time and when

you are making a turn whatever you are

basically redirecting your vehicle what

you want to do is you want to make sure

that you check your blind spot so put

your signal on and you'll look in your

mirror to see what's going on beside and

behind your car now when you look in

your mirror what you'll end up seeing

are the sides of your vehicle and behind

your car but there's actually a small

blind spot that your vehicle has okay

and I say to do I always recommend doing

this on both sides the driver side and

the passenger side some people want to

do with one I always do with both so the

blind spot is basically the spot between

there's an area that you can see when

you look in your ears and then there's

an area that you can see right sort of

in front of you over here your blind

spot is between those two areas so if

I'm making a left-hand turn here

I check my mirror and I look over here I

can see out the window here I can see

behind my car there's a little spot a

decent-sized spot between those two

sections that's your blind spot on both

sides look your blind spots so if you

don't check your blind spot you're gonna

look in your mirror say okay there's no

car there's a pedestrian no obstruction

then you're gonna check out the window

you're gonna say I also don't see


you're gonna think there's nothing there

and there might be a whole vehicle in

your blind spot your blind spot is large

enough that I'm checking it right now

it's automatic right your blind spot is

large enough that a whole vehicle gonna

can actually fit inside of it so with

that being said you really really really

should try to check your blind spot with

every single time that you redirect your

vehicle it is absolutely crucial and

important and I believe that I've gone

over every aspect of driving I haven't

gone over parking but that's a whole

video in itself and I've done many

videos on parking but this bull has been

made I would call it a complete tutorial

because I've sort of taken you from

start to finish

with regards to starting the car getting

it going driving safely maneuvering as

well as some simple tips that I've come

up with now with all of that being said

safety once again is should be your

number one concern I do apologize for

the sun shining in the camera for the

single camera angle it's just the way

that I do things I'm resourceful I get

stuff done so with that being said I

wanted to bring you the best videos that

I could while still giving you the

simple the most simplistic video that I

can give you and that's basically it I

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