When to Use Low Gear

Commercial Truck on Highway Near Lake

Low gear is ideal for driving down steep hills or a downward slope. Low gear can come in handy while driving across hilly terrain, but not every mountain needs the shift in gears. At Lynch Truck Center, we explain when to use low gear. Our dealership is happy to show you how low gear feels inside one of our commercial trucks or heavy-duty trucks. Contact us to book a test drive!


What is Low Gear?

Low gear is the ratio between vehicle speed and engine speed. The engine is still hard at work when in low gear; however, the wheels on the vehicle move faster. Keep in mind that not all low gear shifts are the same for all vehicles. The way low gear performs will depend on the type of transmission within your truck. No matter what you drive around Milwaukee, you need to know how your low gear works:

  • Manual Transmission: You will need to downshift manually into low gear before driving down a hill.
  • Automatic Transmission: Your vehicle will automatically switch into low gear when you ease off the gas pedal to begin to slow down the car. Also, keep these tips in mind:
    • Braking will shift your vehicle automatically into low gear.
    • Remember to slow down before approaching a downward slope, and lower your speed for the automatic switch.

When is the Right Time to Use Low Gear?

The best time to use low gear is for downhill driving. Your brakes fight gravity, especially when driving downhill for any length of time. Thus, your brakes work harder. Low gear is your best bet to protect your brakes while using the engine braking system.

Be careful not to have your brakes overheat, which can cause permanent damage. In the instance your brakes start to wear and tear, our service department is here to help get you back on the road.

Count on Lynch Truck Center for Your Trucking Needs!

Across our new inventory and beyond, you’ll find a great selection of trucks and commercial vehicles. Our team will ensure you have the information and service you need to keep your truck healthy. When you are in the market for a truck, contact us!


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