In the past we’ve talked about the differences between a manual and an automatic transmission. For the manual, you get that visceral feeling of changing gears, and the effort to find the perfect one for every driving situation. Automatic transmissions take that challenge away. But that begs the question why we have more than drive, park, reverse and neutral on an automatic transmission. When do you use gear two or three when driving an automatic? We’re going to look at a few of the answers to these questions below.
When do you use gear two or three when driving an automatic?
The automatic transmission will not always know that you need to be in a lower gear to tackle a mountain pass, or that you need more power and less acceleration while towing a boat. But because you, the driver, know these things, you can adapt to them and use one of the lower gears.
When to Use Lower Gears
L/Low – Driving slowly on steep hills
Second – Driving on steep hills at a steady pace (somewhat faster than Low)
Third – For cruising at a slow and steady pace, especially while towing or in bad weather
When driving around Austin, especially in urban areas, you aren’t going to need any of these very much. However, if you are taking a vacation with a trailer, or tackling a road trip to some mountains, then these could definitely come in handy and help you keep control of your vehicle.