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Well, this entire thread has been a massive eye-opener to me. Turns out I've been doing it right all along (as I knew), but everybody else does it wrong!

As the highway code states, when the vehicle behind has stopped, you should engage the handbrake and take your foot off the pedal. I always do this by habit, whether at traffic lights, junctions, queuing traffic etc. It makes common sense - I don't want to sit around applying pressure to the brake the whole time. When starting off again, my left foot is on the clutch, right foot on accelerator (gas to some of you), so there is no available foot left to hold the brake! That's OK on the level, but not on a hill; so you apply a little "gas", gradually feed in the clutch till it bites, then release the handbrake and off you go. Why would anyone do it differently? (All happens naturally in under a second, but more smoothly than holding it by footbrake)

(My first - and only significant - crash, driving a company car, was when I rear-ended a colleague, also driving a company car. He'd stopped ahead of me on a narrow road to let traffic come through the other way, and engaged handbrake before I'd stopped behind him. I saw his brake lights go off, so accelerated - realising too late he was still stationary. Not a happy phone call to the fleet manager. Hardly my fault though! Laugh | :laugh: )

In the UK the (vast?) majority of cars are manual, and it always scares the hell out of me when I see (in real life or American movies) automatics pull up, doors open, then the car gives an almighty lurch as ... driver puts it in park? Dunno what that's all about.

As for steering, the "push/pull" feeding the wheel through the hands made sense when cars didn't have power steering. In practice only learners still do this, but most of us in the UK will avoid crossing our hands over, I think. Modern steering is light enough that you can normally steer one-handed with the ball of the thumb pressed against the wheel.

Stefan Lang - yes, I do that. There are lots of narrow, bendy lanes without pavements round here and when walking, I'd rather cross the road and walk an extra 20 yards than complete my journey by ambulance. It never ceases to amaze me, when driving, to come across people walking on the wrong side of a (straight) road, or walking on the "blind" side round a bend. Sheer stupidity.

Next you'll be telling me you don't change down through the gears when slowing down... WTF | :WTF:
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