Question:

I recently drove on to the freeway only to realize I was in 2nd gear. I’m driving a new car with an automatic transmission and didn’t even realize I had put it in to 2nd rather than Drive when I started moving. Around town, it was no problem, but after getting on to the freeway, I could hear the engine straining to accelerate to 55. I wasn’t sure if I could actually upshift to Drive or not. So, I kept it in 2nd and held my speed to less than 40 mph until I could exit the freeway and come to a stop. What should I have done?

Answer:

Actually you could have upshifted to Drive while you were in motion. That would have been fine on your transmission. The one thing you never want to do is shift in to reverse once your car is moving forward