The gear lever is used to select the appropriate gear for the speed you want to drive at.
Most modern cars have five tbnvard gears and one reverse gear, although smaller and older ears may hal. e just four forward gears.
The forward gears are arranged in an H-shape with fifth gear, added at the top right.
The central bar of the H is neutral: when the lever is in this position there is no gear selected. The position for reverse varies from model, so make sure you know how to select it.