Good info! I do have a good bit of hills, but I also have plenty of flat rural highways. I'm betting I could get away with mostly going in low gears, until I'm up to speed on the highway, and then going into high? I don't know. I definitely don't need to be splitting gears on my hill, I know I will have to take the whole hill in low gears anyway. Obviously, I wouldn't ever have to use low gears in empty driving. I don't want to damage it, but at the same time, I do want to learn how to do it if its something I am in fact going to need in the future.