Stop and Go Traffic and Manual Transmissions...

So, I’m DD’ing the BMW convertible these days, since my wife and I are down to *only* 3 cars temporarily (lol). Traffic has been heavy all week, thanks to rain, so I’ve been dealing with a lot of stop and go traffic in a stick shift car.

I know a lot of people complain about driving stick in traffic, but it just doesn’t seem that bad. By staying patient (ie not staying 2 feet off the bumper of the next car), I can putter along in 1st or 2nd gear and not use the clutch or brake much at all.

My car is pretty well suited to that, I guess - clutch isn’t heavy, has a decent amount of torque, short gearing, and it tends not to jerk at low speeds in 1st - but it’s really not that much work.


My biggest headaches are getting my son’s car seat in and out of the back seat, and worrying about tailgaters that won’t see any brake lights from me slowing down, thanks to engine braking. Those people usually back way off pretty quickly when they realize I can almost stop the car without brakes.

Yeah, it’s more work than an auto, but it’s hardly a back breaker - what’s your take on this? Too much work, or it gives you something to do?

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