From: NKTB on


PM wrote:
> Mortimer wrote:
>
> >
> > When other traffic starts to slow down at their lights, I treat this as
> > warning that my lights are about to change
>
> You can usually see the other set of lights change as well if you are at or
> near the front of the queue.

I put my car into neutral and the handbrake on, just as you do.
However, there seems to be a large majority who are quite happy to sit
in queues with the foot on the brake pedal.

It seems to me that anyone who buys a stop/start car will either have
good driving habits, or will need to develop them to get the benefit
of the stop/start feature.

From: Ed Chilada on
On Thu, 29 Apr 2010 03:03:34 -0700 (PDT), NKTB
<north_korean_tourist_board(a)yahoo.com> wrote:


>I put my car into neutral and the handbrake on, just as you do.
>However, there seems to be a large majority who are quite happy to sit
>in queues with the foot on the brake pedal.

In very slow stop-start motorway traffic, putting your handbrake
on/off and your car in and out of neutral every 10 seconds would get
old very quickly.

From: Mortimer on
"Ed Chilada" <nospam(a)nospam.com> wrote in message
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> On Thu, 29 Apr 2010 03:03:34 -0700 (PDT), NKTB
> <north_korean_tourist_board(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>
>>I put my car into neutral and the handbrake on, just as you do.
>>However, there seems to be a large majority who are quite happy to sit
>>in queues with the foot on the brake pedal.
>
> In very slow stop-start motorway traffic, putting your handbrake
> on/off and your car in and out of neutral every 10 seconds would get
> old very quickly.

In stop-start traffic it's often possible to control the car with the
throttle/clutch only, letting the clutch up briefly to give the car a brief
nudge that will move it but also bring it rest again just short of the car
in front. In those circumstances I tend to just touch the footbrake as I
stop, to make sure the car is completely stopped and to flash the brake
lights to let the car behind know that I have actually stopped. Then I apply
the handbrake. If I anticipate that I'll be setting off very soon, I'll stay
in gear with the clutch down and hold the handbrake on with the ratchet
button released so I can drop the handbrake and let the clutch in for the
next "nudge" forwards. Being a diesel, my car will happily crawl forward
with the engine idling, so I don't even need to touch the accelerator pedal.

From: Harry Bloomfield on
Ed Chilada wrote :
> In very slow stop-start motorway traffic, putting your handbrake
> on/off and your car in and out of neutral every 10 seconds would get
> old very quickly.

If you are stopping and starting every 10 seconds then you are doing
something very silly!

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From: Harry Bloomfield on
Mortimer submitted this idea :
> Being a diesel, my car will happily crawl forward with the engine idling, so
> I don't even need to touch the accelerator pedal.

Diesel?

You can do that with both modern diesel and petrol cars.

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