How do you rev the engine while driving?

Is there a way for me to rev the engine in my automatic while I’m driving, or can I only do it while parked? I recently switched from a manual car to an automatic and I don’t know how to rev the engine without totally coming to a stop first. I like revving my engine when I’m driving really fast, so I would love to learn how to do it in my new car.

Liz Jenson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Yes, you can rev the engine in your automatic while you’re driving! Here’s how:
  1. Press on
    the brake
  2. Shift into neutral. Your car should continue moving when you do this.
  3. With your car in neutral, press on the gas to rev your engine. You should see the needle on the RPM gauge move when you do this.
  4. Once the needle on the gauge starts falling again, press the brake so that you can shift back into drive.
Be careful when you do this; you’re essentially using the brake like a clutch, but it will take slightly longer than it would in a manual car. While revving your engine occasionally isn’t bad for your car, you shouldn’t let the RPM gauge reach the red line. Doing so can damage your vehicle.
If you tend to drive fast, you might also want to invest in a good insurance policy for your new car.
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