Driving tips

Driving test

Driving lessons

Theory test

Changing down gear smoothly






Driving test
 
Moving off & stopping
Clutch or brake first? How to change gear
When to change gear When to change gear - hills
How to steer
 
Clutch control
 
How to avoid stalling Hill starts
 
Roundabouts
 
Bus lanes
 
Pedestrian crossings Meeting traffic
 

How to change down gear smoothly


Have you ever felt a little bump when you change down gear or the car jerks? In the video below we look at how to get rid of that bump and have super smooth gear changes that your passengers will especially appreciate.

How to change down gear smoothly is something that takes time to master whilst learning to drive.

When changing down gears you'll either apply a little pressure on the accelerator pedal or foot brake depending on the situation. You would normally slow down before changing down to the desired gear (for example before a turn or roundabout) or you could change down gear before overtaking and need more acceleration.

This page is aimed at drivers who already have some experience.


Video on how to change down gear smoothly





Subscribe for more tips on our YouTube channel




Changing down gear

What's the secret to changing down gear smoothly? Maintain light pressure on the accelerator pedal as you press the clutch down, change gear and then clutch up gently (or the car will jerk). Using the accelerator will raise your engine speed to match your road speed, ultimately giving you a jerk free gear change. In advanced driving this is called rev matching.

Depending on the situation, you might have to press the foot brake as you're changing down gear.

It takes a lot of time practicing to achieve a totally smooth drive with your braking, accelerating, steering and gear changes.

Clutch control

When to change gear uphill






Who are World Driving?

We're a driving school based in Beckenham, Kent. If you're in the area, then give us a call as we provide great driving lessons too!
Phone: 07940 114260 or 020 8650 6153.

The best special offers


Site Copyright © World Driving
Home | Cookie Use | Small Print | Privacy Policy