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Old 10-27-2014, 08:49 PM
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Tried this today and love it. It is much more responsive in braking (electrically) and I will keep driving like that until I hear that this is not a good idea and will shorten the life of the car. Does anyone have background knowledge about this?
   
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Tried this today and love it. It is much more responsive in braking (electrically) and I will keep driving like that until I hear that this is not a good idea and will shorten the life of the car. Does anyone have background knowledge about this?

When I told my husband I was driving in low, he told me I had better check out if it is really safe for the car or not. I too have 2015, I checked the owners manual and found it recommended by Chevy to drive in low (L) in the city and drive (D) on the highway.
   
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I breezed through the manual the first day and that did not register - so thank you for pointing that out.
   
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Here's the section from the Manual in context:

   
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I'm on my second Volt, have always driven in "low" without any problem. Regenerates more and you don't use the brakes as much.
   
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Anytime I'm driving under 50-55 mph I drive in low. 40K on car no problems.

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I use it in poor driving conditions ( Wisconsin). Works good for slowing down in slippery conditions.
   
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Just a caution, in a first gen Volt, your brake lights will not illuminate when slowing in low, so people driving behind you may not realize you’re slowing as quickly as you are. In the 2nd gen cars, the brake lights illuminate whenever you’re in low and are not pushing the gas pedal.

Personally, I drive in D normally, and shift into low when I want to start slowing. Basically, it allows me to coast farther, then I shift to low for the start of my ‘braking’, then press the brake pedal much later. I think this is the most efficient use of low since I can coast much farther, but am still getting the benefit of the better regenerative braking. It also saves on brake wear. I started doing this in my 2012 Volt, but was paranoid I was going to get rear ended. When I got my 2017 Volt, I was happy to see the brake lights come on when I was slowing in low.

Doing this has also caused me to just naturally shift into low any time I have to brake. In an emergent condition, I think I get slowed down faster since the car helps me slow down.
   
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