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Automatic transmissions have a lock
release button or control built into the gear
selector to reduce the possibility of shifting
incorrectly. The lock release provides the
following safety features:
• It must be used to move the gear
  selector from Park to Reverse or any
  forward gear while the brake pedal
  is pressed.
• It must be used to shift the vehicle
  from Drive to a lower gear (first or
  second).
• It must be used to shift into Park from
  any gear.

Refer to your owner’s manual for
more information about the transmission
lock release.

 P   PARK 

To be used when starting the engine and
when leaving the vehicle parked. The
Park position locks the transmission,
which prevents the wheels from turning.
The vehicle’s engine will start when the
transmission is in Park.

 R   REVERSE

To be used when backing or reversing the
vehicle. When the vehicle is in reverse
gear the white or clear lights at the rear of
the vehicle will be lit. The vehicle’s engine
will not start in Reverse.

 N   NEUTRAL

To be used when the transmission is in
a position that no gear is selected. The
wheels are not locked, and there is no
power to the wheels. This position is
used for towing the vehicle. The vehicle’s
engine will start in Neutral.

 D   DRIVE 

To be used for normal forward driving.
The transmission will change up
and down through the driving gears
automatically. The vehicle’s engine will not
start in this gear.

 3   THIRD   2   SECOND, 
AND
 1  FIRST GEAR 

To be used when you require more
power but less speed and to prevent the
transmission from shifting to a higher
gear. These gears may be used when
going up or down hills and on road
conditions like slush, loose gravel, snow,
sand or ice, where you need more power
but less speed. The vehicle’s engine will
not start in this gear.

 O  OVERDRIVER (IF EQUIPPED

To be used for driving at higher speeds.
This gear helps to save fuel. Not all
vehicles have this option. The vehicle’s
engine will not start in this gear.

For more information about
gear selection and use, refer to your
vehicle’s owner’s manual.

Driving a vehicle with
a manual (standard)
transmission

Shifting gears in a vehicle equipped with
a manual transmission is a skill requiring
considerable practice. You must operate
a clutch pedal with your left foot while
using a gear shift lever with the right hand
to manually select the desired gear.

When the clutch pedal is pressed
down, the connection between

44  A Driver's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

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