Understanding When to Use Low Gear

2019 Buick Regal Sportback



Whether you’re driving a new or certified pre-owned vehicle around Peoria, you want to be prepared for any road conditions. As a result, you might be curious about when to use low gear in your vehicle.

Then again, if you’ve never used this before, you might be asking, “What is low gear in a car?” In the following guide, Ray Dennison Buick GMC explores everything related to low gear and when it’s best to use it around Pekin. 

What is Low Gear in a Car?

Also known as first gear, Low gear is a mode on both manual transmissions and automatic vehicles that restricts the amount of fuel injected into the engine. This reduces engine speed while increasing torque.

Most Morton drivers don’t use the low-gear lever because they’re not sure what’s the best moment to do so. However, there are a few easy-to-remember times when it’s ideal to downshift into a lower gear.

When to Use Low Gear

While newer cars with automatic transmissions automatically shift gears as you press down and ease off the gas pedal, there are moments when you need to shift to low gear manually:


  1. Towing: Automatic car drivers might want to use low gear for towing heavy loads, including a boat or trailer. This provides extra engine power to confidently and safely tow. Read your owner’s manual for any speed limitations when using low gear.
  2. Steep Inclines: When you’re heading up a steep hill in the Bloomington area, you’ll have extra torque to make that climb without stressing your engine.
  3. Long Declines: Shifting to low gear while driving downhill helps maintain a steady and slow pace; without burning up your transmission or riding your brakes, which can cause brake failure.


Whether you’re taking an off-road adventure or driving the highways outside Peoria, low gear is your best friend.

Visit Ray Dennison Buick GMC Today!

Now that you know the answer to the question, “What is low gear in a car?” Ray Dennison Buick GMC is here to help with all your vehicle needs. Beyond helping you to understand when to use low gear, our goal is to keep your vehicle on the roads around Morton for years to come.

Check out our service specials and see how much you can save on your next appointment. Whether it’s new tires or brakes, our Pekin service center is here to answer all your questions and keep your vehicle at peak performance!

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