What Are Paddle Shifters?

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Paddles shifters are a feature that is available on many vehicles, and standard on others, but you might have wondered what they were for, and what do paddle shifters do? Jaguar Akron is ready to help you find out all the information you might need about this surprisingly vital piece of shifting equipment so that you can take to the streets of Akron with confidence.

What Do Paddle Shifters Do?

Paddle shifters can usually be found on sportier vehicles, or on certain trim levels. They are designed to work in place of your standard gear shift, allowing you to rapidly shift gears up or down depending on your speed. Cleveland drivers that are able to open up their vehicles on the roads will often notice the ease at which shifting can occur, especially at higher speeds. These paddles are often located near the steering wheel or behind it, with one paddle designed to shift your gear upwards, and the other downshifting you. When you use a paddle, it sends an electronic signal to the clutch for gear selection, so that the gear can shift.

Between your stick shift and paddles, it really is a debate on which you prefer when driving, however many drivers find paddle shifters to be easier to use and offer you more control over your RPM. You can also increase the life of your brake pads by utilizing correct downshifting with the paddle shifters.

How Do You Use Paddle Shifters?

While you’re driving in a vehicle that is equipped with paddle shifters, you’ll want to enter manual mode. This puts you in full control over the paddle shifts, with the right paddle upshifting, and the left downshifting. This allows you to easily switch gears manually while you’re driving around Pittsburgh. Another benefit to driving with paddle shifters is that they reduce harm to your vehicle by not changing gears if: :

  • 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

Learn More about Paddle Shifters at Jaguar Akron

Now that you’ve learned what paddle shifters do, you can feel more comfortable when you’re shopping for a new vehicle from Jaguar Akron. Contact us to set up a test drive of a new vehicle with paddles, or ask us about installing them on your used Jaguar F-PACE SUV! You can also view our selection of new vehicle specials, with assistance from our finance department, so that you can take home a new Jaguar at an affordable price.

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