I have a friend that is always putting his car in neutral and revving it up and I find that the coolest thing in the world. If someone could tell me how I can put my 2006 Civic in neutral while in motion that would be amazing.

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    "I find that the coolest thing in the world" great question – Zshoulders Feb 6 '17 at 4:50
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    I'm now starting to regret I bought a hybrid, because on my car pressing the accelerator does nothing when the gear selector is in neutral. – juhist Feb 6 '17 at 6:56
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    I don't recommend doing this while the car's moving. When the car's in neutral, the engine is not attached to the wheels so you have lost one option to control the car. – Hobbes Feb 6 '17 at 11:26
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    Besides the fact that many of us will be looking/hearing you do that and think you are not cool (to put it gently), I hope that you are aware that if you cause an accident this will be an aggravating cause against you. – Martin Argerami Feb 6 '17 at 11:50
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    And I am depressed, becuase I can't figure out how to rev my Segway :-( – Mawg says reinstate Monica Feb 6 '17 at 12:53

You can put your car into neutral by moving the gear selector into the position marked "N".

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    Should a person who does not know this be in possession of a driving license? – Mawg says reinstate Monica Feb 6 '17 at 12:54
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    @Mawg: Absolutely not. Sadly, many people seem to drive without them. – Lightness Races in Orbit Feb 6 '17 at 13:21
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    @Mawg I've possessed a driving license for nearly 50 years, and never yet driven an automatic. But I don't live in a the USA! In fact in the UK there is a special class of licence for people who passed their driving test in an automatic and therefore can not legally drive manual transmission vehicles - and similar restrictions apply to visitors with driving licences issued by some other countries. – alephzero Feb 6 '17 at 13:57
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    I only ever drove automatic when forced to by rental companies in the USA. Otherwise, decdes of manual (stick shift) for me too. And, no, I don't reve at lights, despite having a sporty car – Mawg says reinstate Monica Feb 6 '17 at 14:03

I do this all the time (when coming to a stop). Don't hit the shifter button, just gently tap the shifter forwards into "N", same thing to get back into "D".

Revving in neutral is all fun and games, just makes sure the engine goes back down to idling RPMs before getting back into "D". If not, you'll get a big forward lurch, which I don't imagine is too good for the transmission.


You can put your car to "N" just by selecting/changing gear knob/selector to "N".

I drove Grand Cheroke last week and it was awesome experience there I did the same, press the button on gear shaft(selector) and move to 'N'

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