How To Use Your Car’s Paddle Shifters

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Have you ever looked down at your steering wheel when driving and wondered what the two stalks to the left and the right side of it with plus and minus signs are? We’re not talking about your blinker or windshield wiper controls, we’re talking about paddle shifters! Whether you’ve been test-driving new vehicles around Oklahoma City, or you just realized your current car is equipped with them, you may wonder what paddle shifters are, or how to use them. We get questions about paddle shifters often from curious drivers in El Reno, so today we’re here to provide you the answers to your questions! Reach out to learn more.

What do Paddle Shifters Do?

Paddle shifters can make driving more fun, engaging, and if used optimally, more efficient, too.  They allow Yukon and Oklahoma City area drivers to switch gears easily and are often found on sportier vehicles and trim levels. Normally these paddles are located somewhere easy to reach, either behind or near the steering wheel. How do you use paddle shifters? You press one paddle to bring you down a gear and the other paddle to bring you up a gear. When you use a paddle, the clutch receives an electronic signal for gear selection, and the gear shifts.

Paddle shifters are not only easy to use, but they also:

  • Can offer more control to help you manage your RPMs better.
  • Can extend the life of your brake pads when used properly.
  • Can help you increase efficiency via more controlled shifts.

Here’s How to Use the Paddle Shifters in Your Vehicle

If driving a vehicle with an automatic transmission that has a manual mode (or “manumatic”) you’ll want to enter manual mode to get full control. You can upshift with the right paddle and downshift with the left paddle to easily manually switch gears as you drive around El Reno and beyond. If you learn how to use paddle shifters the right way, using them won’t have negative benefits to the transmission or vehicle. That said, when learning how to use paddle shifters, make sure:

  • You upshift before the engine reaches the lower limit of the higher gear.
  • You downshift before your engine reaches the upper limit of the lower gear.
  • You press one paddle at the same time the other is being held down.
  • You press both paddles at the same time.
  • You try to shift into third or higher while stationary.
  • If you’d rather let the automatic transmission take over for a while, just enter D mode.

Learn more about what paddle shifters do with the service experts here at Westpointe Chrysler Jeep Dodge!

Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram Vehicles with Paddle Shifters

A variety of new vehicles come equipped with paddle shifters, including many new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram models. Some popular models you may already be driving, or may be researching to buy or lease include:

Contact Us to Learn More about What Paddle Shifters Do

Want to learn more about what paddle shifters do and how to use them on Mustang or El Reno streets? Contact us today! At Westpointe Chrysler Jeep Dodge, we’re here to help explain all the latest Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram technologies to you.  Our sales team will be happy to show you the available vehicles, and our finance experts can provide finance or lease options and new vehicle specials.

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