Start an automatic car by pressing the brake pedal when the vehicle is parked. Place the key in its ignition slot and rotate three clicks forward. Release the key once the engine cranks.
- Inspect the vehicle
Check the vehicle to ensure it is in park, or P gear, and that the emergency brake is activated. The location of the emergency brake varies based upon car make and model. Refer to vehicle-specific owner's manual to confirm its location.
- Secure the brakes
Press the brake pedal, located to the left of the accelerator pedal.
- Insert the key
Locate the ignition slot, typically found on the right side of the steering column. Insert the key, rotate forward three clicks, and hold until the engine cranks.
- Release the key
Let go of the key once the engine starts. Do not continue to push the key forward once the engine cranks.
- Disengage emergency brake
Continue pressing the brake pedal but release the emergency brake.
- Check surroundings
Look around the car to make sure it's safe to move.
- Switch gears
While still pressing the brake pedal, change gears from park to drive, indicated as P and D on the gearshift.
- Release the brake and accelerate
Slowly remove pressure from the brake pedal and press the accelerator pedal, located to the right of the brake pedal.