How to Use Paddle Shifters

Paddle Shifters on Car

Alfa Romeo makes some of the most fun-to-drive cars on the market. Italian engineering heightens the thrill of driving the highways in the San Leandro area, whether you’re headed to Walnut Creek or the neighborhood coffee shop. To help you make sure you’re utilizing all the great performance features your Alfa Romeo has to offer, McKevitt Alfa Romeo of Berkeley is here to help you learn how to use your car’s paddle shifters.

What Do Paddle Shifters Do?

Paddle shifters allow drivers to have more control over when their automatic transmissions shift gears. They’re located in easy reach on the back of the steering wheel and can be operated with your thumbs. They combine the choice of driving a manual transmission with the ease of an automatic by helping you shift the gears of your Alfa Romeo Giulia quickly with the flip of a switch. Hitting a paddle shifter sends an electronic signal to your car’s clutch to shift gears, instead of utilizing a clutch pedal and gear shift. Paddle shifters were originally created by Ferrari in the 1980s for their Formula 1 race cars.

How and Why to Use Paddle Shifters

When you switch into S mode with your clutch switch, your paddle shifters put the power in your hands. Even if you’ve never driven a manual transmission, you’ll be able to enjoy the fun and performance of paddle shifters. They also make for a safer drive, since you can quickly and easily downshift for cornering on tight turns, giving you more control over your car and saving wear and tear on your brakes. If your car is stuck, you can upshift to prevent wheel spin.

Your engine is protected by programing that won’t allow the gear to shift if:

  • You downshift before reaching the upper limit of the lower gear
  • You upshift before the engine reaches the lower limit of the higher gear
  • You press both paddles at the same time
  • You try to shift to third or higher while stationary
  • You press one paddle while the other is being held down

Enjoy Driving Power with McKevitt Alfa Romeo of Berkeley

Ready to embrace the power and simplicity of driving an Alfa Romeo in Fremont? Visit McKevitt Alfa Romeo of Berkeley for a test drive, and experience the control paddle shifters will give you. Keep your car up to date when you lease an Alfa Romeo with us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have, such as “What is the difference between a sunroof and moonroof?

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