Traffic lights - waiting in 1st gear or neutral Watch

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my driving instructer taught me this :eek:
and my point still applies
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That's implying there's something wrong with doing it in the first place- which there isn't.
oh im so sorry.

you know what i meant, dont pick holes.

you cant be failed for being in first gear at traffic lights.

is that better?

:rolleyes:
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oh im so sorry.

you know what i meant, dont pick holes.

you cant be failed for being in first gear at traffic lights.

is that better?

:rolleyes:
No, that just won't do.
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No, that just won't do.
:p:

what should i have said then? oh master-of-the-traffic-lights
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Being a woman, nothing.

You should be doing the dishes or other related housework activities.
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biting point instead of handbrake is called riding the clutch, fooks it up.. but i do it all the time, so...
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Being a woman, nothing.

You should be doing the dishes or other related housework activities.
can i take them with me to do in the car?
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(Original post by Bavarian Motor Works)
and my point still applies
which point?
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can i take them with me to do in the car?
Most definitely not.
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Hand break at a light? Why not just put into neutral and keep your foot on the break while you wait? Unless it is on an incline, why would you need to handbreak at a stop if your foot is on the break?
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Hand break at a light? Why not just put into neutral and keep your foot on the break while you wait? Unless it is on an incline, why would you need to handbreak at a stop if your foot is on the break?
So you don't have to put your foot on the brake.

Yeahhhh roy.
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I've always been taught to put my handbrake on and wait in first with the bite and some revs. Obviously if the lights change just as you get there and theres a bit of a que i just brake then carry on when i can go.
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There's no point in sitting on the bite, just get it to the bite as amber comes on so you're ready to move off without destroying the clutch.
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I was always taught, handbrake then neutrol if your gonna be waiting for a while.
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I was taught always stay in first, apply handbrake once a pause becomes a wait.
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(Original post by Shwill)
Hand break at a light? Why not just put into neutral and keep your foot on the break while you wait? Unless it is on an incline, why would you need to handbreak at a stop if your foot is on the break?
You should ALWAYS apply the handbrake rather than the footbrake when waiting. This is so that if somebody ploughs into the back of you, you won't fly forwards into another vehicle or across a junction. If you are only holding it on the footbrake, your foot will fly off the brake if someone hits you.

It's amazing from reading this thread just how badly most people seem to be taught.

You should never use the bite point (that's the clutch half way up...) when waiting at traffic lights.

Keeping it in gear for long waits at traffic lights can increase wear on your clutch release bearing and clutch mechanism. Not that most people on this thread know what those are I'd imagine. But it'll be an expensive repair bill to replace a clutch release bearing, even after taking the engine out to do it.
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i always wait at first gear but with the handbreak on
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Neutral...my car is diesel, heavy clutch and defos couldnt be bothered to sit with my foot on it. Im too lazy for that
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i just put the brake down

driving an automatic is fun
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(Original post by Tofufi)
Keeping it in gear for long waits at traffic lights can increase wear on your clutch release bearing and clutch mechanism. Not that most people on this thread know what those are I'd imagine. But it'll be an expensive repair bill to replace a clutch release bearing, even after taking the engine out to do it.
It's not SO bad though, that you can't do it for a few seconds. Not in a modern car, anyhow. I realise older cars suffer with this quite badly.

I was always taught that if you're anticipating a wait, stop in the gear you are in, then handbrake then neutral. If you're anticipating the change but have to stop, clutch down, in first and footbrake. Briefly apply the handbrake if you need a quick bite before moving off (hill start).

Works every time. Keeps everyone happy.
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