How to stop at traffic lights

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Do you come to a stop and then keep both the clutch and brake down? Or do you release the brake and keep the clutch down
(new driver here dont judge lol)
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As i approach I put the clutch down and gently push the brake down, slowing down to a stop. It's just like every other time i stop.
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No need to keep the clutch depressed, just throw it into neutral once you come to a stop and put the handbrake on, then relax

Disclaimer: I don't remember how to drive a manual
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As i approach I put the clutch down and gently push the brake down, slowing down to a stop. It's just like every other time i stop.
But while youre waiting at the traffic lights for it to turn green do you keep both pedals down?
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Slow down just using the brake. When you feel the engine starting to labour (the car starts to grumble a bit like it wants you to change down a gear) then you put the clutch down and continue to brake to a stop. Then put the car in neutral, handbrake on and come off the pedals.
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Slow down just using the brake. When you feel the engine starting to labour (the car starts to grumble a bit like it wants you to change down a gear) then you put the clutch down and continue to brake to a stop. Then put the car in neutral, handbrake on and come off the pedals.
I havent been told to put the car in neutral and apply the handbrake (unless im stopping on a slope/stopping for a long time). Do you know what to do with the pedals if you dont apply the handbrake
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I havent been told to put the car in neutral and apply the handbrake (unless im stopping on a slope/stopping for a long time). Do you know what to do with the pedals if you dont apply the handbrake
It's best to apply the handbrake. If you get hit from behind you could be knocked into moving traffic which is obviously disastrous. Applying the handbrake also gives you a chance to find the biting point, then take off the handbrake and the car will move.
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(Original post by It's****ingWOODY)
It's best to apply the handbrake. If you get hit from behind you could be knocked into moving traffic which is obviously disastrous. Applying the handbrake also gives you a chance to find the biting point, then take off the handbrake and the car will move.
Plus you can relax your feet if you do this.
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Do you come to a stop and then keep both the clutch and brake down? Or do you release the brake and keep the clutch down
(new driver here dont judge lol)
I am just learning to drive as well. When you have stopped, keep your clutch down in first gear and put your handbrake on.
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Do you come to a stop and then keep both the clutch and brake down? Or do you release the brake and keep the clutch down
(new driver here dont judge lol)
foot on brake, then clutch just before reaching a standstill (~5mph) whilst keeping 1 foot on break. And whilst waiting, I would say keep handbreak on, cr in 1st gear (or 2nd if downhill) and clutch at biting point
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(Original post by Anonymous)
Do you come to a stop and then keep both the clutch and brake down? Or do you release the brake and keep the clutch down
(new driver here dont judge lol)


Green light – keep your speed, be ready to down gear if it goes to red. Stay in gear until you come to a stop.



Sudden red light – check rear view mirror and if it’s safe, press on clutch and brake together.
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Moved to Learning to drive.
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I have had 2 hours of lessons but i think i have enough experience to give some advice as i have done hill starts, 3 point turn, roundabouts, dual carriageway, 4th gear driving and of course Traffic lights.

If you are driving a manual which i suspect you are then follow this.

I drive a diesel so if you drive a petrol it will be slightly different.

When approaching a stop or traffic light, let off the gas, clutch down and slowly push down the foot brake until you come to a stop, whilst in a stop just ensure you are in 1st gear and find the bite point and keep the foot brake down also, once the light goes green and the cars start moving then let go of the foot brake and slowly lift up the clutch and then apply gas and then 2nd gear if necessary
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I have had 2 hours of lessons but i think i have enough experience to give some advice as i have done hill starts, 3 point turn, roundabouts, dual carriageway, 4th gear driving and of course Traffic lights.

If you are driving a manual which i suspect you are then follow this.

I drive a diesel so if you drive a petrol it will be slightly different.

When approaching a stop or traffic light, let off the gas, clutch down and slowly push down the foot brake until you come to a stop, whilst in a stop just ensure you are in 1st gear and find the bite point and keep the foot brake down also, once the light goes green and the cars start moving then let go of the foot brake and slowly lift up the clutch and then apply gas and then 2nd gear if necessary
Yeah absolutely right . If you are going to be stopped for a while though, I’d use the handbrake. Petrol does make a diffeeence but it depends on the car. My boyfriend’s petrol is very powerful, so he could move off like this without applying the handbrake. I have an older petrol, and unless it’s downhill I generally need to apply the handbrake as it needs more power and is easier to stall. You will also need the handbrake for a hill start.

So in the case of using the handbrake, I would slow down using the brake, apply the clutch and then finish braking. Apply the handbrake and make sure you are in first gear. You could go in neutral as others have mentioned, but I prefer to be in first so I’m ready to move off quickly, but it means you need to keep your foot on the clutch!! You can take your foot off the brake though. Then to move off, find the bite point on the clutch, put your foot on the accelerator enough to get the car moving/not stall and release handbrake, gently lifting off the clutch.
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