How to Use Paddle Shifters

March 27th, 2016 by

2018 Honda Fit Paddle Shifters

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Goshen and Monroe drivers frequently wonder how to use paddle shifters on their Honda vehicle, so we’re taking a moment to help answer any your questions.

What are Paddle Shifters?

Paddle shifters are typically featured on sportier vehicles and trim levels because you can shift gears in seconds. One paddle brings you down a gear, and one will take you up a gear. When you hit a paddle, an electronic signal is sent to the clutch, and the gear shifts.

The good news is that paddle shifters are simple to use once you know how, and they can provide more control over your vehicle to better manage your RPMs. You can even extend the life of your brake pads with proper downshifting.

Driving with Paddle Shifters

When you’re driving in a car with paddle shifters, you’ll be able to enter S mode with your clutch stick. Once that is done, you will be in full control, so tap one of the paddle shifters to move up a gear and the other to move down. The right paddle will upshift and the left paddle will downshift.

There’s no need to worry about causing any harm to the vehicle. The shifters will not cause a gear shift if:

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

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

2018 Honda Accord Sedan Paddle Shifters

2018 Honda Accord Sedan Paddle Shifters

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Paddle Shifters

2018 Honda Civic Hatchback Paddle Shifters

Honda Models with Standard or Available Paddle Shifters

Learn More How to Use Paddle Shifters with Middletown Honda

Now that you know how to use paddle shifters, you’ll be much more comfortable behind the wheel of a Honda vehicle that has them standard or available. To learn more or test take some test drives, contact Middletown Honda.