Originally Posted by davidmanning
Probably because it's good practice to be in the correct gear for a given (low)speed for descending hills.
I'll inform my instructors at the Emergency Services driving college that the Roadcraft driving system that Police/Fire/Ambulance use is flawed.
So the correct gear is NOT top gear for going down steep hills then?
Just try driving in snow or ice and not using engine braking going down hills - or offroad driving for that matter - the golden rule is NEVER touch the brakes!!!
Just phoned a bloke I know who just happens to be a driving instructor for our local Fire Brigade - he said the procedure they use is to select the right gear for the hill - say 3rd or 2nd for a steep one - so that the exhaust brake is working well - use the footbrake as and when needed to stop the vehicle running away.