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Drehmacht 01-15-2013 06:14 PM

Tips for driving in traffic with a manual?
 
Traffic sucks in the Boston area, bad enough where I don't like taking my e46 to work because of it.

Any advice/ recommendations (besides getting an automatic)?

customisbetter 01-15-2013 06:20 PM

If you are a natural manual driver, traffic is no problem. I've never even considered it and I've never owned an automatic vehicle. I like having the option of always being in 1st gear for quick passes or opening opportunities in dense traffic.

ac_2007 01-15-2013 06:23 PM

Remove your CDV.

Leave a bit of room in front of you so you're able to creep in 1st gear.

Don't burn the crap out of your clutch by reving it up to 2k every time you need to move foreward.

katu 01-15-2013 06:24 PM

As mentioned above, practice makes perfect. Things like a CDV delete or a clutch stop might help a little. Not sure what you're really looking for...

wildirish317 01-15-2013 06:27 PM

Stay off the clutch. If you are going to be out of gear for more than 5 seconds, drop it in neutral and release the clutch. It saves wear and tear on your throwout bearing and your knee. It's a pain, but you get used to it. 1st gear is your friend. You can creep along pretty slow in 1st at idle.

dknightd 01-15-2013 06:30 PM

get used to it, or, move

Solidjake 01-15-2013 06:31 PM

Comes with experience. Just learn how to drive the car in traffic nothing else to say.

ac_2007 01-15-2013 06:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Solidjake (Post 15064597)
Comes with experience. Just learn how to drive the car in traffic nothing else to say.

Says the proud owner of an automatic :blah: :rofl:

katu 01-15-2013 06:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ac_2007 (Post 15064599)
Says the proud owner of an automatic :blah: :rofl:

ORLY? Next you're going to say mango's cooling system is still the original!

ac_2007 01-15-2013 06:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by katu (Post 15064621)
ORLY? Next you're going to say mango's cooling system is still the original!

It is. He's the biggest troll on this forum.

Solidjake 01-15-2013 06:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ac_2007 (Post 15064599)
Says the proud owner of an automatic :blah: :rofl:

Whatever man. Come to NYC and suffer. I'd rather have my hand(s) free for the lady if you know what I mean.

dmax 01-15-2013 07:02 PM

OP, drive it like it's a truck. Keep your distance, don't feel like you need to keep spaces tight to prevent others from getting in...just let them pass.

I've been driving a manual longer than most here I'd bet.

Also, when you're off the gas, remember that those behind you assume everyone has an auto and uses brakes to slow down...in faster traffic when I 'lift' off gas, if someone is close behind, I'll tap brakes lightly a few times...just to make sure the guy behind sees a brake light.

You know, you can cruise in 1st without giving it any gas, right? Maybe 3-4 mph...if not slower. Even in NYC traffic, with enough distance in front, I can usually stay in gear a lot of the time.

HTH

Stinger9 01-15-2013 07:07 PM

Vote YES on that mass transit bond initiative!!

BluBurry 01-15-2013 07:23 PM

Get an automatic! Sorry had to...every auto trans thread is flooded with dumbasses saying "get a manual or manual swap" if I wanted one, I would have bought one.

But, I agree with the above. Leave some room between you and the car in front, put it in 1st and let the car drive itself. If traffic starts to stop, throw it in neutral. I hardly ever brake in traffic. I'm usually always rolling, variating between neutral and 1st.

repoman89 01-15-2013 07:23 PM

Go into work earlier and avoid traffic altogether

Stinger9 01-15-2013 07:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by repoman89 (Post 15064751)
Go into work earlier and avoid traffic altogether

Get rich and promoted in the process for your extra work. Get the beauty pagent winner as a consequence of success. All because you have a weak left leg.

Zell 01-15-2013 07:37 PM

Start working out.

choxor 01-15-2013 07:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Solidjake (Post 15064597)
Comes with experience. Just learn how to drive the car in traffic nothing else to say.

Yup.

Practice makes perfect and it'll get easier as you figure out when you can rest your clutch leg by coasting, etc. There will always be some element of suckage, though, but you get used to it.

mikeetastic 01-15-2013 08:37 PM

play some good music!

Drehmacht 01-15-2013 10:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ac_2007 (Post 15064577)
Remove your CDV.

Leave a bit of room in front of you so you're able to creep in 1st gear.

Don't burn the crap out of your clutch by reving it up to 2k every time you need to move foreward.

CDV? How much to remove? Andddddd clutch is probably burning every time i drive already :eek:

Quote:

Originally Posted by dknightd (Post 15064596)
get used to it, or, move

Moving.. not the worst idea :confused: haha maybe i'll just buy an automatic instead of moving

Quote:

Originally Posted by dmax (Post 15064698)
OP, drive it like it's a truck. Keep your distance, don't feel like you need to keep spaces tight to prevent others from getting in...just let them pass.

I've been driving a manual longer than most here I'd bet.

Also, when you're off the gas, remember that those behind you assume everyone has an auto and uses brakes to slow down...in faster traffic when I 'lift' off gas, if someone is close behind, I'll tap brakes lightly a few times...just to make sure the guy behind sees a brake light.

You know, you can cruise in 1st without giving it any gas, right? Maybe 3-4 mph...if not slower. Even in NYC traffic, with enough distance in front, I can usually stay in gear a lot of the time.

HTH

I tried keeping my distance today and 4 cars cut in front of me in a 3 second span. Masshole drivers. If I don't move right away when the car in front moves I get honked at :facepalm:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stinger9 (Post 15064708)
Vote YES on that mass transit bond initiative!!

Will do

Quote:

Originally Posted by repoman89 (Post 15064751)
Go into work earlier and avoid traffic altogether

It's leaving work that's the problem

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zell (Post 15064771)
Start working out.

Already do

Quote:

Originally Posted by mikeetastic (Post 15064891)
play some good music!

Nothing decent except sports radio at 5pm


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