HIGHWAY DRIVING Technique:
Operating in the "Drive" mode is recommended
for normal driving conditions to reduce engine RPM for maximum
fuel economy. Your Foretravel is equipped with an Allison
Transmission with a secondary shift schedule option "mode
selection button", the mode should be "ON" for secondary mode
versus "OFF" for the primary mode.
MOUNTAINOUS DRIVING (Up & Down Terrain) Technique:
Manually pre-select a lower gear in order to
maintain engine speed within a range of 500 RPM of engine
governed speed. Road speed may decrease but power (torque) will
remain at peak output while ascending a grade. When descending a
grade, never use a higher gear than was used climbing that same
grade. The selection of a lower gear will also minimize cycling
between a gear and the next gear on a series of short up & down
CITY DRIVING (Stop & Go Traffic) Technique:
Select the highest range that will allow the
vehicle to reach the speed you expect to maintain between stops.
This will minimize cycling between a gear and the next higher
gear while driving in stop & go traffic conditions. When traffic
conditions return to normal, move the selector back to the DRIVE
DRIVING ON ICE OR SNOW Technique:
If possible, reduce your speed and select a
lower gear before you loose traction. Select the gear that will
not exceed the speed you expect to maintain. Accelerate or
decelerate very gradually to prevent loosing traction. It is
very important to slow gradually when a lower gear is selected.
It is important that you reach the lower gear selected before
attempting to accelerate. This will avoid an unexpected
downshift during acceleration.
ENGINE BRAKING Technique:
To use the engine as a braking force, select
the next lower gear. If the vehicle is exceeding the maximum
speed for this gear, use the service brakes to slow the vehicle.
Engine braking provides good speed control for going down
grades. When the vehicle is heavily loaded, or the grade is
steep, it may be desirable to pre-select a lower gear prior to
the grade. The transmission control system will inhibit a shift
into any range at a speed that will cause engine over speed. Any
lower forward range may be selected at any time, but the actual
engagement will not occur until road speed is reduced -
downshifting is progressive as road speed decreases. The inhibit
effect will cause downshifts to occur at slightly higher
speeds than normal automatic downshifts.
For additional options information that will
aid in your driving experience please see your Foretravel
For complete operating guidelines for each
Allison Transmission model, reference the Allison Transmission
Operator's manual found in your owner's packet.