Help me drive up a hill safely.
June 10, 2007 2:04 PM Subscribe
I'm driving an automatic car for the first time. How should I safely move off when stationary in heavy traffic pointing up a steep hill?
posted by thparkth to travel & transportation (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In this previous Ask thread about manual vs. automatic driving
a number of posters commented that hill starts are difficult in a manual transmission car if there is someone close behind you. By implication, they seem to suggest that it's easy in an automatic car.
I learned to drive in a manual a long time ago, and have driven stick the whole time until recently. I've never had a problem doing a safe hill start because you coordinate the clutch and handbrake to move off with no rolling back at all. In fact you'll fail the UK driving test if you can't do this safely.
But how can I do it safely in the Canadian automatic I find myself driving now? There is no handbrake at all, so that's no help. Inevitably I find myself rolling back at least a little as I switch my foot from the brake pedal to the gas pedal. In light of the previous thread, I figure I must be doing it wrong. What am I missing?