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Thursday 23rd October 2014
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What happens if you put your car in reverse at 70mph?

Question

What would happen if you were driving at 70mph then put the car in reverse? I like to imagine the engine would explode!
Shaun, Finchley

Answer

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Name: Kel, Ruislip
Qualification: Driving instructor
Answer: Your car won't let you do it. There's a mechanism to stop it. So when you try to jam it into reverse, it just won't allow you. If the engine is going forward, it won't let you move into reverse gear. The main way you could damage your gear box is to go from fifth to first gear.

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