Are they all taught to stand on the foot brake when they come to a stop
in traffic, instead of using the hand brake and are they not taught to
use the gear box for slowing down, so they are in the right gear at all
That is pretty much what my driving instructor told me many years ago.
Using the brakes also has the advantage that the brake lights warn the
driver behind that you are slowing down, which using the gears does not.
Brake lights indicate that red lights are on, nothing else (same as
'indicators' - often left on or counter to the change of direction). Slowing
down on the clutch gives a proportional and infallible indication of
You won't find any high performance driver using the engine to brake, I
suppose they need to learn to drive too.
It would have to be very precise not to have additional wear on the drive
Even a small difference in road speed to engine speed will wear the plates
and the synchromesh with each additional gear change.
I suggest you learn how stuff works.
Fully pressed does wear the plates as there is no such thing as a completely
disengaged clutch, the friction between the plates may not be enough to move
the car but it will wear, slowly.
nursing is an exception, but not using the engine as part of braking.
if you watch ANY race with in car cameras you can hear the engine
note..NEVER is it 'coasting in neutral'- in fact neutral is very hard
to find on a paddle shift.
suggest you watch an F1 race.
how DO you think they charge the KERS?
How DO you think they are already on the throttle mid corner as well.
Engine marking is part of the package. You always change down to keep
revs in the max power band whilst braking as well.
Same goes for anyone really trying in a road car.
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