|QUOTE (sivispacem @ Saturday, Apr 27 2013, 09:56)|
| Wow, a great deal of myths are being perpetuated in this thread.|
Riding the clutch is bad because of no other reason than it leaving you temporarily out of full control of the vehicle. It's looked down on by most advanced drivers and is an automatic fail in an ARDS licence test (that's an advanced driving qualification designed for club-level motorsport). Very bad practice brought on by nothing other than laziness.
I would also like to rebut several things fin4life has said:
1) There is absolutely nothing wrong with using the clutch for gradual creeping in stop-start traffic. The wear on the clutch plate and mechanism created by doing so is trivial in comparison to the progressive stretch in the handbrake cable created by repeated application. Given that the service life of most clutches is about 100,000 miles or 10 years use, the additional wear costs are negligence at worst, bordering on non-existent.
2) Within reason, using gear ratios to decelerate can be highly beneficial. In regular driving, it has relatively little effect. However in adverse condition driving, it is invaluable. When driving on snow and ice in particular, using gears to control speed avoids triggering the ABS and/or ESP and therefore it is possible for a good driver to decelerate much more rapidly without locking the wheels or risking losing control. It is also highly useful in fast road and track driving as the use of gears and clutch in combination permits a greater degree of lateral adjustment when slowing. You can decelerate through fast corners without understeering in a fast driving environment by using the gear ratios to your advantage- and that's quite aside from using opportunities created by deceleration to keep the engine within the peak power band. Put simply, you want to drop to the right gear as part of the slowing process, utilizing the deceleration and keeping the engine in its sweet spot.
About clutch riding, that's logical as well, I suppose, I was trying to point out that it wasn't damaging, but there isn't really any reason to do it either.
1) Alright good point, haha, when you put it that way it kinda does make sense, probably should have thought about that a bit more.
2) That's what I actually meant, don't use gears to slow down ridiculously slow. Like sure, you can use them a little bit, but don't be going 100km an hour and slam it down into second gear, try and be close to the "Sweet spot" at you said, by either slowing down enough with brakes first or rev matching, it's going to easier on the gears and more comfortable a ride.