Use handbrakes at traffic lights?Watch
I do that too. Engaging the handbrake at each red light would be too much of a hassle.
Or you can just use the footbrake like a sane person
In the real world though, I usually just use the foot brake. Even on a steep hill, I can jump off the brake and onto the throttle/clutch fast enough to move into a hill-start without the use of the handbrake. But use whichever method works best for you. Don't sit for long periods of time on the clutch and throttle as you'll wear out the clutch, but do whatever feels most comfortable to you.
In short. Dont ride the clutch.
Just use the handbrake, its what it was designed for.
After a while you'll probably stop using the handbrake unless you're foot wants a rest from the clutch
It's not hard to put the handbrake on if you'll be there longer than about 5 secs. Don't be lazy!
Use the handbrake properly, for your own as well as everyone else's benefit. It's there to be used.
There is no need for it and it comes down to laziness and complete disregard for the driver behind
When I drove a manual, I didn't hold the brake when there was no need but also didn't keep the clutch at its biting point.
On a hill, I would keep the brake down or handbrake if the hill was really steep then lift the clutch enough so the car doesn't roll and release the brake.
This shouldn't damage your clutch, I think it has a even lesser impact than actually changing gears unless you're an absolutely seamless gear changer. And also holding the car on the clutch should only be for a like a second or less once you get use to doing it.
In short, get an auto!!
It's only necessary to put the hand break on if you are stopped on a hill, and so are going to roll back if you do not otherwise. If its not all that steep, I just use the footbreak.
Hi guys, i recently passed my test and i was taught to use the handbrake whenever i stopped at a red light or something. i am now going to get my own car and i feel that it is too much effort every time to use the hb. can i not use the footbrake without rolling back? i mean by holding the clutch up to the biting point and then pressing/ releasing the footbrake as required? thanks
EDIT: Some of these responses are just Who on Earth would get annoyed by the "glare of the break lights" Just WTF.