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On gears, and their utilisation

In these difficult and restricted times I’ve been using my father’s Focus on my rare trips out. It’s got six manual gears as opposed to my accustomed six automated ones.

That’s too many most of the time. The electronic nag on the dash tells me to engage sixth by about 70 kmh so I’m forever changing gear.

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I’ve found a better way.

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On level ground it’s simpler to just go 1-2-3-6. Bonus: the dogleg change from third to sixth is easier than that from fourth to fifth.

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