How To Use Paddle Shifters

VW Golf GTI with Paddle Shifters

A common question we hear at Auffenberg Volkswagen is, “What are paddle shifters?” You may have seen paddle shifters listed as a standard or available feature for many new vehicles, but do you know their function? Many East St. Louis and Madison drivers have questions about paddle shifters, and the team at Auffenberg Volkswagen would be glad to share more information about this popular feature. Learn how to use paddle shifters with the experts at Auffenberg Volkswagen today.

What are Paddle Shifters?

So, what are paddle shifters? Paddle shifters are often found on sportier vehicles and trim levels because they allow drivers to switch gears quickly. This is the case with Volkswagen Golf GTI paddle shifters. You will usually find them located right near the steering wheel. There is one paddle that shifts down a gear and another that shifts upward. How do paddle shifters work? The clutch receives an electronic signal for gear selection when the driver triggers the shifter, causing the gear to shift.

It is not difficult to use paddle shifters, and they provide the added bonus of improved control for better management of RPMs. If you downshift properly, it can even lead to a longer life for your brake pads.

How to Use Paddle Shifters

You may also be wondering about the proper method for how to use paddle shifters. If your vehicle has paddle shifters, it should be in manual mode before using them so you have complete control. The right paddle upshifts and the left paddle downshifts, so it is easy to manually shift gears as you tackle the roads of Caseyville.

You also do not need to worry about causing harm to your vehicle when shifting gears if you use paddle shifters. In the situations mentioned below, you won’t be able to shift gears.

  • 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 you’d rather let the automatic transmission take over for a while, just enter D mode.

Find Out More About Paddle Shifters

If you have additional questions about how to use paddle shifters, or you would like to test drive a vehicle equipped with this feature, do not hesitate to contact us or stop by the dealership. We would be glad to demonstrate how paddle shifters can take your East St. Louis commute to the next level. We would also be happy to discuss financing options once you find a vehicle you love.

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