Originally Posted by CKinsella
I've read that when driving steep grades that you should use the same gear going down that you used going up. My 2004 class C has a V10 with a 5 speed transmission. Since we live in Illinois steep grades aren't something I ever deal with.
When going up hills I know that it downshifts once or twice so I may go from 5th to 4th or third. My only choices for gear selection are D, 2, 1.
I would guess that I would drop down into 2nd when going down into a steep grade. Is that the procedure since it's the only option I have?
The best advice I've gotten for driving over mountain passes is, never go down faster then you went up
So use what ever gear is required to keep your speed down so you're not over using your brakes (as others have mentioned).