How to Use Paddle Shifters

Close-Up of Paddle Shifter

Drivers around Ascension looking to learn more about how to properly use paddle shifters have come to the right place. Paddle shifters are an available, or sometimes standard, feature on many vehicles. So, what do paddle shifters do, and how do you use them? Learn how to operate paddle shifters on your new Acura with Acura of Baton Rouge today!


What Are Paddle Shifters?

What do paddle shifters do exactly? Paddle shifters can be found near the steering wheel on sportier vehicles and upgraded trim level models. On either side of the steering wheel, you’ll find corresponding paddles that shift the gear up or down. In most cases, when you use a paddle shifter, the clutch receives an electronic signal for gear selection, and the gear shifts.

One benefit of paddle shifters is that they generally offer more control to help you manage your engine speed or RPM better. Utilizing paddle shifters to allow for proper downshifting can even extend the life of your brake pads.


How to Use Paddle Shifters

Now that you know what paddle shifters do, it’s time to learn exactly how to use them. You’ll want to enter manual mode to put yourself in full control to paddle shift. Typically, the right paddle upshifts and the left paddle downshifts. Fail-safes are in place to take the guesswork out. So you don’t have to worry about harming your vehicle when shifting gears – paddle shifters won’t change gears if you:

  • Upshift before the engine reaches the lower limit of the higher gear
  • Downshift before reaching the upper limit of the lower gear
  • Press one paddle while the other is being held down
  • Press both paddles at the same time
  • Try to shift to third or higher while stationary
  • Let the automatic transmission take over for a while by entering D mode.
Red 2020 Acura MDX on Open Highway

Paddle Shifters on Acura Models

Acura knows how valuable the ability to paddle shift is. Acura paddle shifters come standard on all Acura models:


Learn More about Paddle Shifters at Acura of Baton Rouge

Interested in learning more about how to use paddle shifters on Livingston roads? Simply contact us to set up an Acura test drive in Baton Rouge and experience them for yourself! If you have any questions or want to explore our inventory, stop by our Acura dealership near Ascension today!


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