Automatic transmission spells convenience for many and confusion for many others. This lack of clarity may arise from not being aware of the different automatic transmission options available in the market today, how an automatic car drives in city conditions and on the highways, or even doubts related to maintenance. That being said, here are some of the most common misconceptions that surround automatic cars: -
⦁ Automatic Cars are Not As Fuel-Efficient As Manual Cars
It is a common belief that cars with automatic transmission cost a lot of fuel to run. While this may have been true in the past, it is not so anymore. Automatic transmissions by Maruti Suzuki namely AGS (Auto Gear Shift), CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and AT (Torque Converter) are optimized for Indian driving conditions to deliver better fuel efficiency.
⦁ Driving Performance Isn’t Great in Adverse Driving Conditions
Another misconception that people tend to believe is that automatic cars make for a “less than inspiring” driving experience in adverse conditions. That’s not the case with Maruti Suzuki automatic cars. With both the engine and transmission optimized for Indian driving conditions, you can rest assured of consistent performance in different terrains and road conditions.
⦁ Put Your Automatic Car in ‘Neutral mode’ When You Stop
People would tell you that it is a good practice to shift to Neutral when you stop (at a red light for example) as staying in the Drive mode will wear your clutch and increase fuel consumption. Well, here’s what you must know. Any transmission that includes electronic components is fine to be left in ‘Drive’ mode even when stopping.
Until the experience of driving one comes along, knowledge is the best way to understand automatic cars. Stay well-informed and help others around you to make the right decision when it comes to buying an automatic car.