- Keep the car in first gear and clutch in, foot on the brake.
- Put the car in neutral with foot on the brake, and shift back to first when the light changes
- None of the above because I only drive automatics
My daughter (who I mentioned in another thread is learning to drive a manual transmission) asked me what to do at an intersection. So I thought I would see what the consensus of the doper masses was.
Now I have heard everything under the sun as to which option is the best. Some mechanics swear that leaving the car in first gear with the clutch in wears out the throwout bearings, but I have had an equal number claim this is BS. Other people claim that with it in neutral you have no control of the car, etc. So I doubt we will find a consensus but it will be interesting to see what various people do on this issue.
I would vote #3 as what I do (and what I will likely advice her to do) is this:
If it is only going to be for a couple of minutes then I leave it in first. If the car behind me has not stopped then I keep it in first gear. That way I have some control of the car if there is an issue. Once the car behind me has stopped I put it in neutral and then shift to first when the light changes. I have always done it this way and at age 52 I don’t see me changing!
So vote–what do you do with a car with a manual tranmission at a light? This is also my first attempt at a poll–so if it doesn’t show up, just type out your answer.