I leave home for work late to avoid traffic. I'm tired. I go to the gas station. As I leave, I launch in first. With my foot on the clutch, I see that there is no traffic on the main street, so I casually shift to second when I'm going about 10 mph.
Car's not moving too fast, though! Ok, more gas. And then an engine roar. Is that me or something happening outside? The heck? I look at my tach and I see that it almost reaches redline. I had shifted to fourth instead of second...
I doubt I have anything to worry about much, but I'd appreciate any comments.
I've done something almost as bad, if not worse, in the opposite direction. I was moving 45-50 mph and was going to shift 6-4 in order to pass a nard on the highway who didn't know that 70 was legal and appropriate. I overshot 4 and went to second. Luckily I only went to 5,500 RPM and redline is at 6,500 (I found that a couple weeks ago - rev-limiters are...interesting) and I thought that I'd blow up the engine, it only had 3,500 miles on it, but all was good when I realized my goof and shifted up through the gears. All was gravy.
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