When to Use Low Gear

Unsure when to use low gear? Selecting a lower gear ensures more control over your speed, especially as you go downhill in the Glenwood Springs area. Low gear is even more useful on slippery roads. It’s especially important to know when to use low gear, because improper use of your gears can lead to significant wear on your brakes. The Service Department at Columbine Ford is here to explain when to use low gear and why its use is crucial.


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When Is Low Gear in a Car?

First and foremost, Grand Junction drivers must know whether or not they have low gear to understand when to use it. Simply put, low gear is in cars equipped with manual transmissions. Select a lower gear before reaching a slope to avoid overheating brakes and potential brake failure. Vehicles that have automatic transmissions, on the other hand, shift without you taking action. That means when you accelerate, ascend a hill, or descend a hill, the transmission activates the appropriate gear automatically.

How to Shift to Low Gear

When it’s necessary to shift to low gear as you approach a downgrade in Craig, follow these steps with a manual transmission:

  • Ease off the gas pedal.
  • Press your foot down on the clutch.
  • Move the gearshift to the next lowest gear. Only move down one gear at a time.
  • Lift your foot off the clutch while simultaneously pressing on the gas. You will feel the clutch disc catch, at which point you can return to the gas for the smooth transition.

It is possible to force an automatic transmission to shift to a lower gear. All that you have to do is ease off the gas pedal. The transmission will shift to a lower gear as the vehicle slows down. Most cars equipped with an automatic transmission can be manually set to drive in low gear. However, you can only shift to low gear when the vehicle is stopped or traveling at low speeds. You should never attempt to shift into low when driving at high speed..

Connect with Columbine Ford for More Information

Maintain the health of your vehicle by fully understanding when to use low gear on your manually equipped car. Connect with Columbine Ford with any questions you may have. Our technicians and staff are happy to help as you navigate the shifting process, especially on your high-performing Ford Mustang.

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