Discussion in 'Off-topic Chat 2.0' started by dannyboy42670, Jun 26, 2012.
I love manual transmission! I learned on one in Asia. They passed me.
I love manual aswell, I'm just saying this because of the americans, since they generally learn on automatic, as far as I heard.
I'm driving an auto now. I like it a's well, but I love manual as well.
I see many of you are driving an auto. I did want to make an interesting statement that it is possible to semi-manually (or semi-automatically) control the trans in your car. It's not as fun as hitting the clutch and feeling the car snap into gear, but it does work (although not always recommended ).
Typically, (newer) automatics have a set of gears given to the user:
Drive 2 (D2)
Drive 1 (D1/L)
Overdrive (OD; not part of the gears)
In most newer automatics, D1 or L is designated to the first gear (and only the first gear). This will limit your car to the first gear. That said, when you are in this gear, you're in the first gear (you can't go higher, you can't go lower)
From D1 you can shift to D2. Depending on the model of car you drive, D2 will do either of the following:
It will only drive in 2nd gear.
It will limit your car to 2nd gear. This means that the car will be allowed into first gear, then automatically shift into second. However, it can't go above second.
If shifting from D1 to D2 correctly, your car will shift from first to second gear.
From D2, you can shift into Drive. Drive is allowed to go from first gear, all the way up to 4. Although it will normally stay in 3rd gear. If done correctly, shifting from D2 to D will bring the car from second gear into 3rd gear. Drive will also shift automatically into 4th gear if it needs to.
OD... Overdrive... This will force the vehicle one gear higher than it should be. Essentially, it forces the vehicle into the highest gear possible (most automatics it's 4th gear). This is used to lower engine rate, and save some gas. Acceleration (since you are in high gear) will be gone though.
You can always shift down as well, however, this can be dangerous depending on how old your car is! Be aware. Some cars have computers that will not let the transmission drop down a gear if the RPM would be too high (there is a calculation that you can do with gear rations, as well as current speed to measure proposed RPM). In these cars, a drop down will most likely not cause damage to the transmission. However, in other cars, this safeguard is not in place. What this means is that the car will shift down. And it can damage some teeth.
Please note that I myself have not done this to my personal car, but have seen it done. Please also note that it is not recommended by the manufacturer that you drive like this. It's really more for the informative purpose rather than actually driving like this. Just wanted to say it's possible to shift in an automatic. I'm not telling you to go out and do it. Don't blame me if you drop your trans
Really easy, I got one wrong.
After 2 hours of waiting in line, I easily passed and got my permit today with 22/25 or an 88% score.
Congrats, now buy a Veyron and drive me somewhere!
Congrats. The driving test is easy. They just want to make sure you're a safe driver.
Thanks can't wait to start practicing !
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