How To Use Paddle Shifters

Paddle Shifter



When shopping for a new vehicle, you may have seen paddle shifters listed on the specs sheet, but what is this feature? Standard or available on many vehicles, paddle shifters can add excitement to your daily drive. Butler Auto Group takes a closer look at what this feature is and how to use it.

What are Paddle Shifters?

Paddle shifters allow for quick gear shifting, so you will usually find them on sportier cars or sport trim levels. Typically, you will find them near the steering wheel or right behind it. One of the paddles is used to bring the car down a gear, while the other paddle brings the car up a gear. When you use a paddle, the clutch receives an electronic signal for gear selection, and the gear shifts.

Paddle shifters give you more control on the roads and are actually quite simple to use. In fact, when you downshift properly, it can improve the longevity of your brake pads.

How to Use Paddle Shifters

To use paddle shifters, the car should be in manual mode so that you are in full control. The right paddle upshifts and the left paddle downshifts for easy gear shifting. What’s even better is that you don’t have to worry about causing damage to your vehicle if you do not shift correctly. You will not be allowed to change gears under the following circumstances.

  • You upshift before the engine reaches the lower limit of the higher gear
  • You downshift before reaching the upper limit of the lower gear
  • You press one paddle while the other is being held down
  • You press both paddles at the same time
  • You try to shift to third or higher while stationary

If, while you’re driving, you want to let the automatic transmission control the drive without your input, all you have to do is switch to D mode.

Turn to the Experts at Butler Auto Group for More Information

If you are interested in finding out more about how to use paddle shifters, do not hesitate to contact the team at Butler Auto Group. We would be glad to show you vehicles with this feature, so you can experience it in person on a test drive. In the meantime, be sure to check out our new vehicle specials before shopping with us.
 

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