Guide to When to Use Low Gear

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Whether you are driving in Martinsville or outside of the area, you should know about driving in low gear. Find out what is low gear in a car, if you’re not familiar already, and also when to use it during your drives. In the meantime, if you run into any questions, be sure to reach out to Gunter Nissan of Martinsville today! 

What is Low Gear in a Car?

Before we talk about when you should switch to low gear, it’s important to know what low gear even is in a car. Low gear, or first gear, is a mode on both manual transmissions and automatic vehicles that limits the amount of fuel injected into the engine. This will lower the engine speed while increasing torque. It is common for drivers to not use the low gear lever simply because they don’t know when to use it. Let’s explore these instances when you should use low gear below! 

When to Use Low Gear?

Cars with automatic transmissions nowadays will shift gears automatically as you press down and ease off the gas pedal. However, you might want to shift to low gear manually in specific instances, such as: 

  1. Towing: If you drive an automatic car, you might want to use low gear for towing a heavy load, such as a trailer or boat. Using low gear will provide you extra engine power to safely and confidently tow around Danville. Consult your owner’s manual for any speed limitations while using your low gear.
  2. Steep Inclines: When you are driving up a steep hill, switching to low gear will provide you extra torque to make the climb without putting any stress on the engine.
  3. Long Declines: Low gear can also be your buddy driving downhill as it can help maintain your car to be slow and steady without burning up your transmission or riding your brakes for a long time.

When you are driving up a hill near Roanoke– even if the hill isn’t as steep as Mount Rogers– you can count on low gear to get you up and down safely. Low gear also comes in handy if you go off-road. 

Learn More Driving Tips From Gunter Nissan of Martinsville 

After learning how low gear can help you during your adventures in Virginia, be sure to ask us for more driving information! Our service team knows how to drive efficiently in the Ridgeway area and would be happy to share more how-to guides, including how to save fuel while driving up hill and how to unlock your steering wheel.

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