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Stop n Go traffic + Manual

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thrifthunter wrote:
Nov 19th, 2011 7:15 am
Just give it a shot of gas in first gear, then put your foot back in on the clutch and pop in the neutral, foot off clutch - and coast the rest of the way to when you need to stop again.
JohnB wrote:
Nov 19th, 2011 8:33 am
Thats pretty bad advice...

I think what he meant as 'bad advice' was the coasting in neutral during traffic. If an emergency came up and had to accelerate you would not have ability to easily get out of the way. Yes yes of you're paying attention then you would know what's coming toward you. Just my two cents as I'm still a "novice" driver with < 5 years of driving. I was just taught to always have the car in gear. Of course you would have the car in neutral after coming to a complete stop.
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defencerulez wrote:
Nov 19th, 2011 10:42 pm
Talking about driving a standard, I used to own a VW GTI, a honda civic SI, a honda prelude :razz: I still own a nissan sentra as my economy car in a stick. Honestly it's just not "cool" to lug a car, no matter how you wanna define "cool"... I feel pretty cool when I was driving in 3rd gear going 130kph at 6500rpm with my vtech turn on on my prelude and SI though... ;)

Please, its VTEC!!!

VTech is what I use to talk on my home telephone.

Anyways I digress.

Driving manual in traffic is tough but just gotta be patient and go slow enough that you don't have to stop all the time and fast enough so you don't stall in 1st or 2nd gear.
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DaHonga wrote:
Nov 21st, 2011 1:47 am
Please, its VTEC!!!

VTech is what I use to talk on my home telephone.

Anyways I digress.

Driving manual in traffic is tough but just gotta be patient and go slow enough that you don't have to stop all the time and fast enough so you don't stall in 1st or 2nd gear.

lol agree.
learn to anticipate, keep a good gap. manuals are great for open road. the purists will agree.
downside to manual is the pain in stuck and go traffic and wear and tear of clutch. If your car has enough torque, 2nd gear isn't too bad.
Otherwise get a car with automated clutch.

When you live in Toronto, home of the worst hwy traffic in the world, automatic doesn't sound so bad.
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imbane wrote:
Nov 19th, 2011 9:08 pm
The best way to fix this is getting an auto
maniacshopper wrote:
Nov 21st, 2011 10:59 am
lol agree.
learn to anticipate, keep a good gap. manuals are great for open road. the purists will agree.
downside to manual is the pain in stuck and go traffic and wear and tear of clutch. If your car has enough torque, 2nd gear isn't too bad.
Otherwise get a car with automated clutch.

When you live in Toronto, home of the worst hwy traffic in the world, automatic doesn't sound so bad.
Best of both worlds; 200-hp GTI with DSG (lightning fast automatic with paddles)???? :twisted:

[IMG]http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk13 ... dsggti.jpg[/IMG]
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This is why I stored my manual car (not the only reason but one of them) and picked up an autotragic beater. I sure do miss driving manual sometimes...I gotta say driving a manual in traffic during summer has made me a mellow driver, now I don't get aggravated by traffic and yell at poor innocent drivers that don't speed up :P
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Because driving a manual is soooo manly.
I think too many 'purists' have penis envy. :D

There's no denying a manual in the right environment, is fun and offers more control.
But if 90% of your driving is stop and go traffic in downtown Toronto traffic, you should probably get an automatic (unless you have lots of patience).
Bottomline, get a vehicle that suits your environment and usage.
maniacshopper wrote:
Nov 21st, 2011 10:59 am
lol agree.
learn to anticipate, keep a good gap. manuals are great for open road. the purists will agree.
downside to manual is the pain in stuck and go traffic and wear and tear of clutch. If your car has enough torque, 2nd gear isn't too bad.
Otherwise get a car with automated clutch.

When you live in Toronto, home of the worst hwy traffic in the world, automatic doesn't sound so bad.
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NotMoneyGuy wrote:
Nov 23rd, 2011 9:13 pm
Best of both worlds; 200-hp GTI with DSG (lightning fast automatic with paddles)???? :twisted:

[IMG]http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk13 ... dsggti.jpg[/IMG]

Don't get me wrong here but
1) I use manual because I want a clutch pedal. There is something about learning how it all works and being able to say that you can drive manual that is satisfying. Also, if I go to europe, I don't get screweed when I want to rent a car.
2) I'm only 20 and I can't afford a GTI but I consider it a boy-toy. Econ box + turbo + nice engine + suspension mods to me is still an econ box. I'm also a strong believer in keeping many things simple. Technology is crucial to our lives but I have no idea about the long life durability of DSG nor the price to rebuild/replace one. It's more complicated than a normal auto and has more moving parts. Transmission failures are a prominent reason why many cars get scrapped over getting repaired. So until I hear DSG running well on an engine wtih 250k km+, I can't comment on it.
3) Rear wheel drive.
4) Ugh red stitching overkill....is there any class in that vehicle?
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NotMoneyGuy wrote:
Nov 23rd, 2011 9:13 pm
Best of both worlds; 200-hp GTI with DSG (lightning fast automatic with paddles)???? :twisted:

The Acura thermos should not be in that pic... :twisted:
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I'm sure everyone who drives stick has that feeling, "yea I know my car" like you know when its safe to hit the clutch and put it into 1st gear coming from a neutral slow roll without agitation. :) Give it a little gas pop into neutral when its bumper to bumper. I could never ride my clutch in traffic maybe in a parking lot or going up the circular ramp in Eaton's Centre when theres traffic > :( but other wise nop.
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Like I am sure people have been saying, when you see yourself coming to a stop, just put the car into neutral and break, if you do not come to a complete stop (depending on your car) pop it into second rather than first, if you are stopping and starting all the time, which is a pain.

Ive dove a manual since i started driving - back in the UK, and over here I got an automatic for a year then switched to a manual. I find it extremely annoying driving in the GTA in a manual, because especially since I hadnt drove in around 2 years, I would constantly miss the bite point and roll back and stall, I find drivers here just assume everyone is in an automatic and ride your ass as close as they can, personally speaking this stresses me out so much more than the actual clutch riding.

I have to say im a clutch rider though, I usually just ride the clutch rather than press the break - Horrible driving habbit - I know, but I am trying to not be so clutchy!

I agree with AzureD, Traffic + Steep hill = me panicing. I started crying driving through York 1 day after i first got my car, I got stopped a a red light and it was on a steep steep hill, the car behind me was riding my ass, and I had already been driving for 2 hours and was completely lost, tired, and then I tried to pull away and stalled, and the car behind started peeping its horn at me...no fun there.
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I've driven to downtown and back up on purpose because some girl said she'd pay $50 of gas for me if I visit her. HELL YES LOL.

Yes it was rush hour, yes traffic was annoying.

Ever since I started driving, I try to save as much gas as I can when I drive. Red light ahead, throw car in neutral, coast to it. Even if you think you won't make it, oh you will, just very slowly.
I brake early when there's a red light ahead of me, so I can minimize the chance of me fully stopping, and increase fuel economy since there's a chance of the light being green when I reach it.

That drive back from downtown in rush hour for $50 of gas, I barely stopped due to the fact I drove slowly and left about even 3 car spaces ahead of me. Braked early, so I don't have to full stop, when needed to. The people behind me didn't even seem to mind that there was so much space ahead of me. Probably because they felt that they barely had to stop too. I've tried accelerating to the car ahead of me because there became so much space that it was a bad idea. I came to a complete stop after catching up... LOL

It's just the art of being patient and anticipating the traffic ahead.
That should be enough to even keep you focused.
I know having fuel economy on my mind keeps me focused.

Oh, and I also neutral on any downhill parts on the DVP in traffic. Helps a lot. Kick it back into gear as you start to slow down going back up a slope.
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pnyknights wrote:
Nov 20th, 2011 12:00 am
I think what he meant as 'bad advice' was the coasting in neutral during traffic. If an emergency came up and had to accelerate you would not have ability to easily get out of the way. Yes yes of you're paying attention then you would know what's coming toward you. Just my two cents as I'm still a "novice" driver with < 5 years of driving. I was just taught to always have the car in gear. Of course you would have the car in neutral after coming to a complete stop.

Oh my, when he said "stop n go" I took that literally as meaning congested bumper to bumper traffic. Meaning you move a little, you stop for a minute. Move a little, stop for a minute.. etc. If an emergency came up and you had to accelerate quickly, where are you going to go? You are stuck in traffic, you can't drive through other cars! And with all those other cars around you, the time it would take for everybody to react and have the ability to get out of the way for an ambulance or something would be so slow that the split second it takes for you to put the car in gear would not be a factor.
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