How To Drive Faster:
Skip Shift – What Is It?
As you approach a corner, if you have to downshift from, let’s say, 4th to 2nd gear, there are two ways you can do so:
- You can downshift from 4th to 3rd, and then from 3rd to 2nd.
- You can downshift directly from 4th to 2nd gear, without going through 3rd
This second method is called skip shifting, because you skip going through the intermediary gear(s).
The benefit of skip shifting is that you’re doing less. Anytime you do less, that’s less opportunity for an error, and it can help you be smoother. The downside of skip shifting is that it’s harder to get the timing just right so you don’t either over-rev the engine, or over-slow your car.
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