How do u lengthen the life span of a clutch?
I was told putting the gear in neutral when waiting at traffic lights help.
Being gentle when applying/releasing it via the pedal surely?
Putting it in neutral at the lights will save a bit of wear on the release bearing, but it isnt really that significant. Drag racing style starts and using the clutch to hold the car on a hill instead of using the handbrake are probably the most damaging things for the clutch. The more gentle you are letting it out when pulling away and changing gear the better.
Who sits at the traffic lights in gear......???
so they can get a quick start.
I dont see the point in putting it into neutral because the lights never stay on red long enough to make it worth while. I just sit there with my clutch down and foot brake on and them in ready to go as soon as the light goes green.
I've started balancing it in first more and more since i have passed, sometimes i jsut can't be arsed to use the handbreak, but i know its not good practice!
Try to stay off of the clutch as much as possible. When changing gears, try and do it rather quickly as opposed to slow changes where you've got the clutch pedal half in/half out. Either have it fully pressed, or your foot completely off of it.
You're probably supposed to have it in gear at stoplights, but I usually can't be bothered. Especially if someone else is in front. You can get it into gear and ready to go before the person in front moves off.
It takes a split second to put it into gear? I don't understand your argument..?