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low gear Line breaks: low gear

Definition of low gear in English:


A gear that causes a wheeled vehicle to move slowly, due to a low ratio between the speed of the wheels and that of the mechanism driving them: I could hear a heavy lorry in low gear [count noun]: congestion forces motorists to travel more frequently in low gears
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  • Mountain bikes may offer an extremely low gear to facilitate climbing slowly on steep hills.
  • Avoid running the car on high speed with low gears, as this will obviously bring the mileage down.
  • Nervous drivers are more likely to make mistakes such as leaving an indicator on, driving at excessively low or fast speeds, staying in low gears and driving too close to the car in front.

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