driving an auto
If you leave it in drive, and your foot slips off the brake pedal it may well move off, and brake lights will annoy the driver behind,had some driving lessons in an auto many years ago, and my mate decided it was a good idea to tie my left leg to the seat so i couldnt use both feet on the pedals, stopped to get fuel went to get out and head butted the petrol pump.
And im sure you can over heat the oil in the torque convertor if you hold it in drive with thebrakes on.Posted 6 years agoivantateMember
On the flipside if you have a zf hp22 box if you put it in neutral at every set of light it actually burns the clutches out inside the gearbox.
I leave in gear and use the foot brake but I have a bmw and really don’t care about the person behind.
Might start leaving in gear and using the handbrake, atleast then it might be functional for the next mot as I only ever leave it in park.Posted 6 years agoPemboMember
On my Merc I just have to press the brake pedal down a bit harder as I come to a halt and it applies the parking brake, so I can take my foot off the brake pedal and still leave it in D. When the lights change I just press the accelerator and drive off. Clever, but prone to problems and recalls!Posted 6 years agobambooMember
You won’t burn the torque converter with your foot on the brake in D with the engine idling.
If you have put a lot of energy into the brakes and sit with your foot on the brakes at rest, then you can run the risk of warping your discs as the brakes cool.
Some modern autos will have auto hold function which applies the brakes and cancels creep, so you can release the brakes whilst in D, and the car will remain still until you press the accelerator. Although if you’ve got a torque converter auto I’m not sure they have that function, DCT’s can though. Edit, looks like pembo has just confirmed that torque converter autos do have auto hold.Posted 6 years agomintimperialSubscriber
I take mine out of drive if I’m stopping for more than a few seconds because… of the brake light thing. Yes. Nothing to do with an irrational fear that I’ll randomly lose consciousness for no apparent reason, causing my foot to slip off the brake pedal, thereby allowing the car to slide itself into the path of an oncoming truck or bus. No. Definitely not that. It’s the brake light thing, yes. 😯Posted 6 years agouser-removedMember
cheers_drive – Member
Does a rear brake light really annoy the person behind? doesn’t bother me.
Yes, it really does annoy me, depending on how bright the brake lights are. Also, it seems to be much worse if you’re on a bike. It’s up there with badly set up dazzling headlights in terms of annoyance. Grrr.Posted 6 years agoInbred456Member
One thing that you will notice compared to a manual is that it will eat brakes. My big Honda accord Tourer loved the things every 10 to 12 months. Very relaxing to drive in traffic and with cruise its weird when it changes up itself to resume. I would have another if I was doing a lot of motorway miles. More reliable than a DMF and can handle big torque’s.Posted 6 years agoglobaltiMember
Does a rear brake light really annoy the person behind? doesn’t bother me. I rarely put my DSG box in neutral and put the handbrake on when in traffic as the brake lever is under the arm rest and pain to put on .
YES IT EFFIN’ DOES! There’s nothing more irritating than being stuck behind some muppet who sits with his brake lights on. Even worse is the muppet who sits with an indicator flashing uselessly. Use the handbrake and turn on the indicator (assuming you’re not driving a BMW) only when you need to indicate your intentions to other drivers.Posted 6 years agoonehundredthidiotMember
I think it’s a bit inconsiderate to stand on the brakes when stationary, especially now we have a set of LEDs at eye level, and LEDs can be bright but it is indicative of the person driving the car.Posted 6 years ago
Rear Fogs really get my goats especially in traffic. As a rule if you can see my headlights turns your fogs off.
Oh and Motorbikes on full beam. Yes, i fully support lights on to be seen but full beam. Grrrrr
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