When Should a Driver Use Low Gear?

Shifter for an automatic or CVT

If you own a new or used Chevrolet vehicle, it is good practice to be prepared for any road conditions when traveling from %%target_city1%% to Bartlett by learning when it is appropriate to use low gear. Read ahead to understand the how and when to use your car in low gear, then contact Biggers Chevrolet with any questions you may have.

Low Gear: Definition 

By definition, low gear, or first gear, is the transmission configuration that produces the lowest vehicle speed relative to the engine in a manual or automatic transmission. It essentially means it is the gear that allows for the lowest speed while driving. While driving in low gear, the engine takes in less gasoline, which increases the torque. Many Streamwood drivers are unaware of when it is helpful to put your car into low gear, but there are times when it is beneficial to downshift into first gear that is easy to remember.

Low Gear: When to Use It

Most newer model cars come equipped with an automatic transmission, so they shift through the gears as you push the gas pedal automatically. There are several different scenarios where manually shifting into low gear is helpful:

  1. Towing: One of the most common reasons to put a manual transmission into low gear is when you are towing something. If you keep your car in low gear while towing allows the engine to have more power consistently. If you do not have your vehicle in low gear, it will continue to shift through gears, reducing the torque and putting stress on the engine.
  2. Driving up inclines: It is a good idea to put your car into low gear when driving up a steep hill or mountain because it will give your engine more power to do the climb. 
  3. Descending long declines: It is also good to shift to low gear when descending the hill or mountain as it keeps your vehicle at a steady speed, meaning you do not have to keep your foot on the brake or cause damage to your transmission.

Whether you are towing a boat or camper, exploring mountain driving, or off-roading, low gear will make it easier and cause minor potential damage to your vehicle.

Visit Biggers Chevrolet Today!

Contact us today if you have any questions about when it is appropriate to use low gear, and our expert team will have the answers for you. Bring your vehicle in if it is time for a routine inspection, oil change, or you require significant repairs. Check out our service specials and set up a service appointment today!

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