The gearbox is a central part of your gameplay in Snowrunner and it will play an important role in your progress in the game, as will your mastery of AWD and differential lock. It is essential to master its operation well so as not to get stuck at the first rut. With this guide, you will understand everything about how the gearbox works in Snowrunner.
Quick overview of the gearbox
Your vehicle’s gearbox is shown at the bottom right of your screen. Let’s start this guide with a quick overview of the different speeds:
- Position N : it is the neutral point of your vehicle, it is started well but no gear is engaged. You will therefore not be able to move forward, but be careful, you continue to consume fuel. In addition, if you are on a slope, be sure to apply your handbrake as the N position does not block the wheels. In short, do not simply leave the vehicle at a standstill if you decide to take a break because you risk finding yourself dry or in the ravine next door …
- La position R : it is the reverse gear of your vehicle. This position has the big advantage of being able to always be used at the same time as the AWD and the differential lock (of course if they are available on your vehicle), unlike the reverse gear of the automatic position.
- La position A : this is the automatic position of your vehicle. By selecting this position you will not have much to do. When you accelerate your vehicle will shift gears (from 1 to 5) on its own and may also reverse. In automatic gearbox, however, you will not always be able to activate the differential lock.
- La position L : these are the low speeds of your vehicle. Basically you have a low gear, but on the advanced gearboxes (like the one shown on the screen above) you have three low gears called “low -“, “low” and “low +”. At low speed you can still activate the AWD and the differential lock.
- The H position: this is the high speed of your vehicle. You cannot start in this position otherwise your engine will stall. At high speed you cannot always activate the differential lock.
When and why should you use automatic gears (A)?
Automatic gears are quite aptly named. Your vehicle goes on its own and depending on your pace, shift from gear 1 to gear to allow you to accelerate. In position A, you can also move backwards without having to change position.
Automatic gears are a bit of a catch-all. They will be mainly used on roads or on dry and little dented paths. You will not have much to do then except pay attention to the trajectories.
Finally, note that in position A you will only be able to use the differential lock of your vehicle if it is “always active”, if it is “activated” you must necessarily switch to low gear to take advantage of it.
Small additional tip, when you are in position A, you can quickly press your clutch button (L1 for example on PS4), this will make you change gears more quickly allowing you to gain a little speed.
When and why should I use low speeds (L)?
The L position of your gearbox decreases the overall power of your vehicle. This will have two direct consequences: you will go slower but in return you will have better grip and better control of your vehicle.
This position is particularly useful when you are on surfaces where grip is poor (mud, snow, ice) or on very rough terrain. When riding in mud or snow, the L position will allow you to maintain a steady pace and not put too much power into the spinning of the tires, thus avoiding getting stuck. When you are driving on very steep or rock-filled terrain, the L position will allow you to keep perfect control of the vehicle and thus avoid overturning or pouring into the ravine.
Advanced gearboxes offer three low speeds (L-, L and L +) which allows for a wider range of speeds to better adapt to the terrain. L- will be favored on very rough terrain and L + on easier access terrain.
When the vehicle is in position L, it cannot reverse, unlike automatic speeds. It will therefore be necessary to return to the reverse (R) position to do so.
Finally, it should be noted that low speeds have the great advantage of being able to be used all the time at the same time as the AWD and the differential lock, reinforcing their all-terrain aspect. In short, in all difficult situations, it is generally necessary to shift to low gears. You will certainly go slower, but you will be able to arrive at your destination.
When and why should you use high speed (H)?
In general, position H will be used much less often than position L or A. It is first important to remember that the vehicle must not be started with the gearbox positioned on H at the risk of stall the engine.