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There is no point, logic, or rationale to downshift an automatic transmission to slow a car. Even with a manual, there isn't any reason to do so for braking purposes.

Ever smell burning brakes in the Smoky Mountains following a line of vehicles winding down from Clingman's Dome? I can go from the top to either Gatlinberg or Cherokee without touching the brakes once, unless someone in front of me panic brakes.

How about on I-24 at Monteagle, TN? Or the Tenn/NC border on I-40?Definitely a good place to downshift to slow vehicle and the lower gear keeps it slow. In regular overdrive, once I let off the brake, the vehicle's weight gets it going too fast again. At least I also have all disc brakes. Shoe brakes in the past would overheat/fail if used too much.

In a manual, I would do it to slow a bit for a light about to change, and to give me a boost to shoot through it when it did change.

'Sides, the roar of the engine is cool. (subjective point)

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