How Do You Drive a Car?

How Do You Drive a Car?

Drive an automatic-transmission vehicle by starting the car, releasing the parking brake, shifting the car into the appropriate gear and accelerating. Steer using the steering wheel to alter the direction of the car.

  1. Start the car

    Start the car, either by turning the ignition key or pushing the button on the dashboard panel. Allow the engine to idle for a moment, especially in cold weather, to warm up the vehicle.

  2. Push the brake pedal

    Move your right foot down on the brake pedal, then shift from park into drive, reverse or neutral. As of November 2014, automatic-transmission vehicles require drivers to release the parking brake before shifting from park.

  3. Accelerate away from your position

    Move forward or backward away from your vehicle's starting position by pushing the accelerator pedal on the right side. Gently apply pressure to the accelerator pedal to gradually move the car.

  4. Steer to go left and right

    Turn the steering wheel with both hands to move the car left and right while driving. Rotate the steering wheel to the right to point the front wheels towards the right, which moves the entire car in that direction. Move the steering wheel to the left to get the same effect in the opposite direction.

  5. Maintain alertness

    Look out for hazards on the road such as other vehicles, pedestrians, motorcycles, debris and weather conditions. Keep alert by looking forward, in rear-view mirrors and at dashboard instruments.