Poll: Do you shift by feel or by checking your engine's RPM?

What's your take?
by Jason Tulio | Jul 28, 2018

Once you've done it long enough, driving becomes instinctive. Even when you drive a manual, which involves operating three pedals, shifting gears, and steering all at once. It's hard at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's like riding a bike. A big one. With more tires. And passengers. 

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There are a few schools of thought when it comes to changing gears. Many drivers over the years have passed on the idea of shifting based on feel. Rather than checking your tachometer, these guys advise that you change gears based on the engine's sound, your own knowledge of the car's capabilities, and the road conditions to see if more or less power is needed. 

On the other hand, there are those who would advise you to shift based on what the tachometer says. They argue that doing this results in more seamless and well-timed shifts that let you make the most out of your engine. Since many automatic transmissions nowadays come with the option of manual shifting, the same principle could be applied there as well. 

What do you guys reckon? Is it better to shift based on feel, or would you rather check your tachometer with every gear change? Let us know by answering the poll below, and share your thoughts in the comments. 

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