What Speed Should You Change Gears?
When learning to drive a manual car, you’ll need to change gear a lot and once you’ve got the hang of knowing how to change gears (see palming method for changing gears), the next stage is when to change gears.
As a learner, your driving instructor or supervising passenger will initially help you by providing prompts for changing gear, but for some learner drivers, they gain a better understanding by knowing what speed they should be going for a gear change.
All cars are a little different, but if you want to have a general idea for what speed you should change gears at, follow this guide:
|1st gear||Between 0 mph and 10 mph|
|2nd gear||Between 10 mph and 20 mph|
|3rd gear||Between 20 mph and 30 mph|
|4th gear||Between 30 mph and 40 mph|
|5th gear||40 mph and above|
|6th gear||40 mph and above|