Monthly Archives: October 2021

When Am I Supposed to Be In Neutral?

When Am I Supposed to Be In Neutral?

The neutral gear is the least used gear for motorists with automatic transmissions; in fact, it's technically not even a gear. More importantly, it serves such a critical function. While a car is in neutral, the gas pedal does not accelerate the vehicle, and no power from the acceleration is ever transmitted to the wheels. For those with manual transmission vehicles, you are an exception. Manuals require the driver to be neutral before anything gear changes. However, most automatic transmission drivers seldom use this tool. So why is it there? During a Drive-Thru Car Wash If you are a mechanical car wash goer, you are probably familiar with the process. You must place your car in neutral gear so that you can safely pass through the cleaning cycles smoothly and safely. Otherwise, the chances of accidents in a car wash would be increased. During a Tow Without a Dolly Placing a vehicle in a neutral state during a tow isn't usually advised unless the tow truck lacks a dolly. Pu ... read more