When Can Block Gear Changing be Used?

This guide will explain the most common use for block gear changing or ‘selective gear changing’ as it’s also known. If you’re currently learning to drive, aim to use block gear changing particularly when changing down gears.

4th to 2nd Gear

Changing from 4th gear to 2nd is one of the most common block changes made. This block change is used when driving in towns at 30 mph and in 4th gear, then changing into 2nd gear to make left or right turns and when approaching junctions.

Block changing from 4th to 2nd gear is commonly used when making direction changes.

4th to 1st Gear

Changing from 4th gear to 1st gear is often used in towns when driving at 30 mph in 4th, then block changing directly into 1st gear when coming to a stop in traffic.

Block changing from 4th to 1st gear is commonly used when coming to a stop in traffic.
Block changing from 4th to 1st gear is commonly used when coming to a stop in traffic.

6th or 5th to 3rd Gear

Block gear changing from a high gear such as 5th or 6th (if your car has a 6th gear) down into 3rd often occurs when driving on high speed 60 mph roads or 70 mph dual carriageways, in order to take a roundabout.

Block changing from 5th or 6th to 3rd gear is often used when coming to a roundabout on a high speed road.
Block changing from 5th or 6th to 3rd gear is often used when coming to a roundabout on a high speed road.

3rd to 5th or 6th Gear

Block changing up gear isn't often required, but if you gain a lot of speed in a lower gear, you may find that you can miss a gear or two. As an example, you'll often need to gain a lot of speed over a short period of time on a dual carriageway or motorway slip road. This is often achieved in 3rd gear. Upon entering the main carriageway, 4th gear may be unnecessary meaning you can block change straight into 5th or 6th gear (if you have a 6th gear).

Block changing up gear isn't often required but can be used on occasions.
Block changing up gear isn't often required but can be used on occasions.

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