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      03-02-2014, 02:12 PM   #1
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Exclamation Stopped at lights do you shift into N or stay in D?

For an automatic:
When "a pause becomes a wait" I pull the handbrake up and take my foot off footbrake (important at night to avoid dazzling driver behind you). Should one shift into N or even P or stay in D?
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Here we go again

Try Parking in R.
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For an automatic:
When "a pause becomes a wait" I pull the handbrake up and take my foot off footbrake (important at night to avoid dazzling driver behind you). Should one shift into N or even P or stay in D?
on to the left,3k rpm and wait with a smirky smile
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      03-02-2014, 02:29 PM   #4
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I find neutral is my preferred place! I do have a manual mind you !

So just as useless as this thread!
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For an automatic:
When "a pause becomes a wait" I pull the handbrake up and take my foot off footbrake (important at night to avoid dazzling driver behind you). Should one shift into N or even P or stay in D?
I have an auto (flappy paddles) just one question what is a handbrake?
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      03-02-2014, 02:42 PM   #7
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      03-02-2014, 03:40 PM   #8
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I leave it in R just bcoz I like the danger in life...
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Depends on how long I know Im going to be at the lights.
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      03-02-2014, 05:16 PM   #10
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Jump the lights, its a BMW thing
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      03-02-2014, 05:31 PM   #11
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Always put it in R, it stops the guy behind from getting too close and the reversing lights ruin their night vision even better than brake lights
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Leave it in drive.
If someone behind is stupid enough to stare at your brake lights they are just stupid.

Don't put it in Park, if you get rear ended you will need a new gearbox.
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      03-02-2014, 06:21 PM   #13
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If i know the lights take long then neutral but generally (almost all the time) i leave it in D
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      03-02-2014, 06:29 PM   #14
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      03-02-2014, 06:51 PM   #15
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Lol dude, are you seriously asking how to drive? If you can't make these decisions on your own, I fear what you do when your put on the spot and have to make a quick decision. If your waiting at a train crossing and it's going to be a huge wait, most people will just park or shut their car off. If someone is going to hit you,they will no matter what cause their stupid.
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I agree but, that would be they're stupid pedant mode off
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There's a school of thought who say when stopped at lights on an automatic you keep it in D; others say shift to N. The RoSPA site had PDF tips some time ago and on the topic of driving automatics the advice was keep it in D when stopped at the lights but that's one view.

I was simply asking your opinions.

This is something I just read and the last phrase happens to me: if you shift to N and the road is on a slight incline the E90 rolls back without any brake but in D it doesn't:-

"I only shift to N and pull handbrake if i know the wait is gonna be long
um the only difference between D and N is that when on N, no power will be transmitted to the wheels, while at D power is transmitted.. so there will be no difference. however if u change to N but never hold footbrake or handbrake, the car might roll if the road is not even"

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Well you are in a auto, not moving, if the brakes are lit up its for a reason.
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Brakes are only lit up if you apply the footbrake. At night it's bad practice to keep footbrake on for more than a few seconds as you will dazzle the driver behind.

I've noted that in day or night that if you approach the lights and a car is stopped in front the driver sometimes presses the footbrake to remind you the car is stopped!

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Brakes are only lit up if you apply the footbrake. At night it's bad practice to keep footbrake on for more than a few seconds as you will dazzle the driver behind.

I've noted that in day or night that if you approach the lights and a car is stopped in front the driver sometimes presses the footbrake to remind you the car is stopped!
In last 20 years driving I have never been dazzled by brake lights sat in traffic, unless I stare at the brake lights. So I don't.
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stay in D, never let go of the foot break, if they are stupid and stare at your lights that is their problem, break lights indicate that you have stop and that is the reason why they stay on, otherwise you are risking that someone will park in your trunk LOL
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Rule 114
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In stationary queues of traffic, drivers should apply the parking brake and, once the following traffic has stopped, take their foot off the footbrake to deactivate the vehicle brake lights. This will minimise glare to road users behind until the traffic moves again.
https://www.gov.uk/general-rules-all...nts-113-to-116
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