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Old 01-15-2013, 07:14 PM   #1
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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)?
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:20 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:23 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:24 PM   #4
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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...
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:27 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:30 PM   #6
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:31 PM   #7
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Comes with experience. Just learn how to drive the car in traffic nothing else to say.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:41 PM   #9
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It is. He's the biggest troll on this forum.
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Old 01-15-2013, 07:58 PM   #11
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Whatever man. Come to NYC and suffer. I'd rather have my hand(s) free for the lady if you know what I mean.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:02 PM   #12
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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.

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Old 01-15-2013, 08:23 PM   #14
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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.
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Go into work earlier and avoid traffic altogether
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:40 PM   #18
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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.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:16 PM   #20
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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

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

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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
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