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    Autos in stop / start traffic?

    When in a long slow moving, stop start queue, with a manual you would go in and out of gear BUT

    With an auto, is it kinder to keep going in / out of D/N or just hold it on the foot brake (I never use the hand brake)???????

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    Just hold it on the footbrake if it is only for a minute or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Percentage View Post
    When in a long slow moving, stop start queue, with a manual you would go in and out of gear BUT

    With an auto, is it kinder to keep going in / out of D/N or just hold it on the foot brake (I never use the hand brake)???????
    Personally I prefer to leave it in Drive and use the footbrake, if I'm at a junction/traffic lights/stop-start traffic.

    I did look this up myself when I first got my X in Feb 2017, as I'd never driven an automatic before. From the articles I read, holding the car on the footbrake in Drive was potentially the best thing for the transmission.

    One thing though, I'd suggest never consider going into Park when at a junction etc. If you were to be shunted from behind, then you'd do some serious damage to your gearbox... probably snap the parking pawl.
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    Thanks, it is the long ...move few yards, stop....move a few yards........... stop etc queues that we get so many of these days.

    My first auto hence the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Percentage View Post
    Thanks, it is the long ...move few yards, stop....move a few yards........... stop etc queues that we get so many of these days.

    My first auto hence the question.
    There are and will be a multitude of views and opinions on this one.

    I prefer not to unnecessarily switch the transmission from D to N. It's very happy to idle away in D.

    I am more conscious of holding the car on the footbrake at traffic lights at night. If there isn't a car behind then I will always hold on footbrake, much prefer those brake lights to shine brightly! If a car comes up and stops behind me and the lights show no signs of changing then I will usually let the hand brake take the strain, and either leave in D or switch to N.

    In stop/start queues, for short stops then the footbrake is my preferred choice. Longer stops then it'll have to be N and handbrake.
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    I only put the stick in N at night when I'm dazzling the car behind, so I can take my foot off the brake.

    Some cars disengage the drive clutch by themselves, while still in D, it's called "Stop-Neutral" in my old Volvo V70.

    When you let up the brake pedal and press the throttle the clutch re-engaged smoothly and immediately.

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    Jim, Mark,

    Wish there were more people like you!

    Most annoying habit, poelple not using their handbrake that is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RWD3M View Post
    Jim, Mark,



    Most annoying habit, people not using their handbrake that is.
    Oh dear, I hardly ever use my handbrake ......The one on the XK8 is fiddly and easy to drive off with it still on - I only use it if parking on very steep slopes.

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    Later cars auto-release the parking brake when you drive off, expecting you to leave the transmission in D, so why not leave in D and put on the handbrake? There doesn't seem to be any need to go to neutral as well.
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    Of course if the traffic is slowly creeping along, just using a softer brake pedal pressure will prevent it stopping or turn the eco button off.
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