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Strange driving habits?

bluefoxicybluefoxicy Registered User regular
edited July 2009 in Social Entropy++
Has anyone developed any strange driving habits? I have several.
  • Hesitating on the hill a bit (release the clutch to grab, push the gas a bit, then hold for a second before completing the take-off)
  • Rotating my foot between brakes/gas for fine control (only in automatic, in manual I rarely use the brake except to stop), which usually makes my leg hurt after a long drive (hence why I hate automatic in the city, or for long drives)
  • Down shifting in the city to keep power i.e. I can make it up the hill, but I'd rather be 1 gear lower than be in a situation where if I floor it I don't actually go any faster.
  • Releasing or blipping the throttle to take the load off the gears, then shifting out of gear without the clutch
  • ... which eventually resulted in shifting into other gears without the clutch too

(tapping the brake works as well as blipping the throttle, you do these when engine braking)

People call me Wood Man, 'cause I always got wood.
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  • HunterHunter Chemist with a heart of Au Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I can only drive while choking a puppy or masturbating to nun snuff porn.

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  • crwthcrwth THAT'S IT Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    i only travel places whilst driving in reverse

    adds a little excitement to every trip

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  • DsmartDsmart Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I drive automatic....

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  • bwaniebwanie Posting into the void Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Dsmart wrote: »
    I drive like a girl

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  • Spectre-xSpectre-x Rating: AWESOME YESRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I can only drive monster trucks, and even then only if there's a continuous line of other cars to drive over.

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  • dasnoobdasnoob ArkansasRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    bluefoxicy wrote: »
    Has anyone developed any strange driving habits? I have several.
    • Hesitating on the hill a bit (release the clutch to grab, push the gas a bit, then hold for a second before completing the take-off)
    I'm not real sure what you are trying to say here...
    [*]Rotating my foot between brakes/gas for fine control (only in automatic, in manual I rarely use the brake except to stop), which usually makes my leg hurt after a long drive (hence why I hate automatic in the city, or for long drives)
    That's not strange... that is the proper way to control gas/brakes
    [*]Down shifting in the city to keep power i.e. I can make it up the hill, but I'd rather be 1 gear lower than be in a situation where if I floor it I don't actually go any faster.
    Again, not strange, this is the proper way to drive a manual
    [*]Releasing or blipping the throttle to take the load off the gears, then shifting out of gear without the clutch
    This is called powershifting if I remember right and is pretty common for people that have lots of experience in manuals.

    None of that is strange...
    Strange is like my wife having a compulsion to kiss her fingers and touch the top of the passenger compartment whenever a car with a headlight out passes in the opposite direction.

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  • J3pJ3p Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'm a determined passenger! I never learned to drive.

    So here a query up in this bitch to other passengers - what is your seating priority?

    1. Front
    2. Behind front passenger
    3. Behind driver
    4. Fuck the middle seriously

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  • dasnoobdasnoob ArkansasRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    crwth wrote: »
    i only travel places whilst driving in reverse

    adds a little excitement to every trip

    You sound like this guy:

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  • StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I started kissing my palm and slapping the ceiling whenever I went under yellow lights when I read about people who did it, and now tons of people I know do it too, it's kinda weird.

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  • StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    J3p wrote: »
    I'm a determined passenger! I never learned to drive.

    So here a query up in this bitch to other passengers - what is your seating priority?

    1. Front
    2. Behind front passenger
    3. Behind driver
    4. Fuck the middle seriously

    Pretty much this, although depending on circumstances I'll willingly take the middle.

    I got used to sitting behind the passenger seat because for a short window of time my parents were driving cars with airbags and I was under 13 or whatever so I was supposed to sit in the back, even if there was nobody else in the car. So I sat diagonal to the driver, so I could still carry conversation.

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  • bluefoxicybluefoxicy Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    bwanie wrote: »
    Dsmart wrote: »
    I drive like a girl

    I know a LOT of girls that drive stick, and one girl that says she doesn't think girls should drive stick.

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  • crwthcrwth THAT'S IT Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    i can't drive stick

    well, i can sort of but i cannot for the life of me ever get out of first without stalling a minimum of 10 times

    i decided it was best that i stop trying

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  • bwaniebwanie Posting into the void Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    i'm just messing, drive what you want. I'd drive an automtic by now if i got the chance.

    But anybody who doesn't at least know how to drive a stick is a big pussy.

    edit: oh hi CRWTH

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  • Spectre-xSpectre-x Rating: AWESOME YESRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I can't actually drive.

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  • Quaglar The IVQuaglar The IV Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    When I have a passenger and I make a left turn on a green light I slow down until the oncoming traffic is seconds away from destroying my vehicle and the precious human cargo inside, then hit the gas narrowly avoiding disaster.

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  • PoorochondriacPoorochondriac Ah, man Ah, jeezRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Sometimes I'll be driving and forget which way I have to turn the wheel to go in a certain direction. It never lasts long, obviously, just like a couple of seconds. But I'll totally blank.

    Just like how I sometimes totally blank on which knob on a sink is for hot water.

    Brain damage all up in this joint

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  • bluefoxicybluefoxicy Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    dasnoob wrote: »
    bluefoxicy wrote: »
    [*]Hesitating on the hill a bit (release the clutch to grab, push the gas a bit, then hold for a second before completing the take-off)
    I'm not real sure what you are trying to say here...

    On a hill if you release the brake, you roll back. Well, I release the clutch first, until it grabs at the friction point; then move to the gas, and release the clutch the rest of the way. It can be done in one quick, smooth motion; but I have a habit of hesitating, sitting on the hill with my clutch slipping and holding my wheels still, before I take off. I do it on level ground sometimes too.
    dasnoob wrote: »
    [*]Rotating my foot between brakes/gas for fine control (only in automatic, in manual I rarely use the brake except to stop), which usually makes my leg hurt after a long drive (hence why I hate automatic in the city, or for long drives)
    That's not strange... that is the proper way to control gas/brakes

    I was told this was a "bad habit" and I'm supposed to move my leg, but that takes more motion. Although in a manual, you rarely have to do this at all, ever; and a full stop involves lifting the leg from the accelerator and placing it square on the brake, which gives you more braking control and power, which you need when stopping and not just trying to nudge the brakes a tad.

    In any case, constantly twisting my leg back and forth like that REALLY hurts my knee eventually. The drive to Fairfax from Baltimore in heavy holiday traffic made me want to get out of the car and walk half way (I'm trading in an automatic at a dealer in the next state).
    dasnoob wrote: »
    [*]Releasing or blipping the throttle to take the load off the gears, then shifting out of gear without the clutch
    This is called powershifting if I remember right and is pretty common for people that have lots of experience in manuals.

    Clutchless driving, power shifting, whatever. I first drove a manual in May, it took me 3 minutes to get it started, didn't know I had to push the clutch down. What's "lots of experience"?

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  • beavotronbeavotron Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    when stopped, i typically shift into neutral and ebrake so i can relax my leg... i don't know if that's weird or just practical.

    i also always ebrake to park, some people just throw it into gear and leave the ebrake off, but i'm nervous it'll roll away at the slightest nudge if you do that.

    oh and when parked on hills, i let it roll back and nudge it forward a bit while i'm bored and idling. probably not good for the car, but i find it fun, like a nice soothing rocking motion. it also shows the asshole behind me that i'm in a standard and might have a bit of roll back, so get the fuck off my ass your filthy cunt.

    also i have road rage.

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  • NotASenatorNotASenator Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I live in a city and I don't drive a racecar.

    Fuck manual transmissions.

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  • thorgotthorgot there is special providence in the fall of a sparrowRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    A truck stopped in the right lane today so I slowed down to make sure I wouldn't hit it as I went by. And then I drive past an old lady who was trying to cross the street and I feel awfully guilty because I couldn't see her behind this massive truck.

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  • crwthcrwth THAT'S IT Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    bwanie wrote: »
    i'm just messing, drive what you want. I'd drive an automtic by now if i got the chance.

    But anybody who doesn't at least know how to drive a stick is a big pussy.

    edit: oh hi CRWTH

    hey man i know HOW to drive it, i know what it takes to drive a stick

    i just cannot apply that knowledge to getting a car out of first gear

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  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I don't have much experience driving manual, but I can in a pinch. I prefer automatic though; I don't take a huge amount of pleasure in 'the art of the drive' or whatever, I just need to get from A to B quickly and easily.

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    if I haven't shot another driver on the highway it's not a normal day

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  • bwaniebwanie Posting into the void Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    crwth wrote: »
    bwanie wrote: »
    i'm just messing, drive what you want. I'd drive an automtic by now if i got the chance.

    But anybody who doesn't at least know how to drive a stick is a big pussy.

    edit: oh hi CRWTH

    hey man i know HOW to drive it, i know what it takes to drive a stick

    i just cannot apply that knowledge to getting a car out of first gear

    but you can drive around in first gear?

    most people stall the engine trying to drive off. once you've got it in first the shifts only get easier...

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  • crwthcrwth THAT'S IT Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    bwanie wrote: »
    crwth wrote: »
    bwanie wrote: »
    i'm just messing, drive what you want. I'd drive an automtic by now if i got the chance.

    But anybody who doesn't at least know how to drive a stick is a big pussy.

    edit: oh hi CRWTH

    hey man i know HOW to drive it, i know what it takes to drive a stick

    i just cannot apply that knowledge to getting a car out of first gear

    but you can drive around in first gear?

    most people stall the engine trying to drive off. once you've got it in first the shifts only get easier...

    yeah yeah, once the car gets going i can drive perfectly but getting out of park or coming off a stop light i just shit the bed

    i remember when my brother was first trying to teach me i stalled i think 9 times? very discouraging!

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  • RabidDeathMooseRabidDeathMoose Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    bwanie wrote: »
    crwth wrote: »
    bwanie wrote: »
    i'm just messing, drive what you want. I'd drive an automtic by now if i got the chance.

    But anybody who doesn't at least know how to drive a stick is a big pussy.

    edit: oh hi CRWTH

    hey man i know HOW to drive it, i know what it takes to drive a stick

    i just cannot apply that knowledge to getting a car out of first gear

    but you can drive around in first gear?

    most people stall the engine trying to drive off. once you've got it in first the shifts only get easier...

    EDIT - ok good

    I really think he meant to say into first otherwise nothing makes sense and the world is a dream.

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  • beavotronbeavotron Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    crwth wrote: »
    bwanie wrote: »
    i'm just messing, drive what you want. I'd drive an automtic by now if i got the chance.

    But anybody who doesn't at least know how to drive a stick is a big pussy.

    edit: oh hi CRWTH

    hey man i know HOW to drive it, i know what it takes to drive a stick

    i just cannot apply that knowledge to getting a car out of first gear

    it is a frustrating thing, learning to get into first and drive... but once you get the flow of shifting gears down, you're golden

    and it really is funner than driving automatic.
    i know because i used to drive an automatic, and now i have a standard. and i enjoy driving this car more, even though it is the same make and model.

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  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Also, FYI, folks, learning stick on a UPS truck is a terrifying experience I don't recommend to anyone.

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    also not knowing how to drive owns
    nope!

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  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    also not knowing how to drive owns

    unless you need to get from A to B in a timely manner in a place without decent public transportation.

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  • ButtersButters A glass of some milks Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I have a strange driving habit in which I drive with Mysst's head bobbing up and down on my lap.

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  • RabidDeathMooseRabidDeathMoose Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Smart Hero wrote: »
    Also, FYI, folks, learning stick on a UPS truck is a terrifying experience I don't recommend to anyone.

    My baptism of fire came while driving a 3/4 ton truck pulling a shed on the highway while helping a buddy move.

    Merging into highspeed highway traffic from full stop while on a hill was probably top 3 for the most stressful experience I've had.

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  • Sunday_AssassinSunday_Assassin Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    i can't drive comfortably with two hands on the wheel

    one on the wheel, one on the gear stick 95% of the time

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Butters wrote: »
    I have a strange driving habit in which I drive with Mysst's head bobbing up and down on my lap.
    I really wish you would stop dropping your cellphone under the seat

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  • crwthcrwth THAT'S IT Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    also not knowing how to drive owns

    this is so false

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  • Lost SalientLost Salient blink twice if you'd like me to mercy kill youRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I learned to drive a manual this weekend, thereby ending twenty-four years of shame and dishonor as a car-lover and the scion of a family full of engineers. Of course, I don't have a car anymore and have no plans to own one, so it's not as useful as it could be. (And I'm still a blight upon a family tree full of automotive enthusiasts.)

    Bad habits:

    I fold my left leg under me or bend my knee and put my foot on the seat when I'm cruising on long-distance trips. I never ever use the parking brake. And also I have a filthy sailor mouth. And an inexplicable love of making prolonged, uncomfortable eye contact with other drivers when I'm stopped at a light.

    But I do always use my turn signal like a good motorist!

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  • SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2009
    Jesus. It takes a certain special kind of boor to start a thread just to boast about how great your clutch control is.

    I suppose in a land of automatics, being able to use a clutch is held in high regard? Invitations to state dinners, Astronauts sending you perfume-scented fan mail etc.

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  • dasnoobdasnoob ArkansasRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    On a hill if you release the brake, you roll back. Well, I release the clutch first, until it grabs at the friction point; then move to the gas, and release the clutch the rest of the way. It can be done in one quick, smooth motion; but I have a habit of hesitating, sitting on the hill with my clutch slipping and holding my wheels still, before I take off. I do it on level ground sometimes too.

    Oh ok I think I see what you are describing. How long do you sit with your clutch slipping usually (doesn't sound like long)? I know some people that don't even use their brake when they are stopped at a stop sign on a hill. They always whine about going through clutches quickly lol.
    I was told this was a "bad habit" and I'm supposed to move my leg, but that takes more motion. Although in a manual, you rarely have to do this at all, ever; and a full stop involves lifting the leg from the accelerator and placing it square on the brake, which gives you more braking control and power, which you need when stopping and not just trying to nudge the brakes a tad.

    In any case, constantly twisting my leg back and forth like that REALLY hurts my knee eventually. The drive to Fairfax from Baltimore in heavy holiday traffic made me want to get out of the car and walk half way (I'm trading in an automatic at a dealer in the next state).

    Ahhh ok I thought you meant as opposed to having one foot on the brake one on the gas. I tend to rotate to instead of moving my leg and my knee always starts hurting after a few hours.
    Clutchless driving, power shifting, whatever. I first drove a manual in May, it took me 3 minutes to get it started, didn't know I had to push the clutch down. What's "lots of experience"?

    Well, I suppose you don't really need lots of experience. Just most people are not very comfortable driving that way. Plus it is hell on the transmission.

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