- How can you control your car while driving on downhill grades?
- In addition to lifting off the accelerator and applying the brakes, you can downshift to a lower gear to use engine braking to your advantage. When you’re in a gear that is lower than Drive, such as 3rd or 2nd gear, drag from the engine helps to slow your vehicle. Downshifting to a lower gear helps you avoid overheating the brakes on long, downhill grades.
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