How to slow down/Brake?

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  1. Codename.47

    Codename.47 Guest

    Hello everyone,

    One of the major part of driving is braking/slowing down when required.

    There are number of ways to slow down including Hitting into someone which is not considered the SAFEST.

    The normal person would slow down the speed by:

    1. Pressing the brakepedal slowly with the clutch pressed.

    2. Pressing the brakepedal slowly with NO Clutch pressed

    3. Using the gears to slow down by putting the car into lower gears

    4. Using double pedals to brake when your nearly close to the stop.

    Now which are the other ways you use to stop and which one is appropriate without affecting your car's engine and other parts.

    Come on guys lets talk about it
     
  2. gagan_singh

    gagan_singh Super Moderator

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    best is doing 2,3 together. can stop really fast this way.
     
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  3. Codename.47

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    Is there anything else that can be used to slow down?

    What about using hand brakes?

    Under what circumstances one must use hand brake ?
     
  4. Dhhawal

    Dhhawal New Member

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    Personally i prefer downshifting through the gears with the clutch disengaged, using the engine braking progressively, and finally using the brake with the clutch pedal depressed, this way you dont ever lose traction and you also save your brake pads ;), what to do, i am an indian, so am always looking for the cheapest way to stop :D, but this wont work with triptronic and automatic transmissions....can anybody give tips on that??
     
  5. Dhillon

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    Normally I don't use engine braking. I don't like the sound of the engine when I do that, plus what it may do to the transmission,
    Unless I am driving down hills. then some extra braking assistance is quite useful to prevent brakes from over heating.

    So I just press brake pedal without pressing the clutch to slow down and then use clutch to downshift or throw in Neutral.

    Handbrake: I can't say about the high end cars but the cars I drive(n) the handbrake works on the rear wheels.

    handbrake (parking brake) should not be used to slow or stop the vehicle.

    Handbrake is used:
    1. When Parking / Stopping on a slope.
    2. In case of primary brake failure, slow down car by downshifting gears and then use handbrake to stop.
    3. To impress school girls ;)
     
  6. gagan_singh

    gagan_singh Super Moderator

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    downshifting works with triptronic, tried it on a 08 acura mdx.
     
  7. GTD

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    I downshift with the clutch engaged and then i press the brakes. That is the way i learnt it from an early age.
     
  8. Codename.47

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    I do the same with manual cars . Downshift with clutch and break slowly if required
     
  9. Dhhawal

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    has any one tried this on a sequential gear shift..?
     
  10. Codename.47

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    not really bro ;)
     
  11. GTD

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    noob question....what is a sequential gear shift?:confused:
     
  12. Dhhawal

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    Its a kind of synchromesh gear shift which was first used in f1, you pull back the lever for going one ratio up, push it forward for one ratio down, best part, you don't need to use the clutch at all during the shifts, there is however one problem, you can only move one ratio up or down, for example, you can't directly shift from third gear to first, you have to shift into second and then first, the koenisegg has this kind of gear shift, and the new wrc regulations effect the same changes in the 2011 wrc cars, they are using the sequential gearboxes too..! mostly used for racing applications..!
     
  13. gagan_singh

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    in north America they call it paddle shift. this is also found in the new GTR.
     
  14. Dhhawal

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    I think that the paddle shift refers to the paddles behind/on the steering column, usuallly there are two of them, one for shifting up and the other for shifting down, and this is the most popular in performance cars today, so that you can shift gears without taking your hands off the steering wheel, the sequential refers to the floor mounted, where only one gear lever is used to shift up or down, they are similar as far as operation is concerned but aesthetically quite different.
     
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  15. gagan_singh

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    got mixed up lol
     
  16. Codename.47

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    ALFA romeos have + n - shift if thats what you were looking for ?

    Yes I've driven Alfa 156 with that shift it was hard for me to drive as its like back and forth action :p

    i'd get messed up if i have to drive one of those
     
  17. gagan_singh

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    that plus and minus thing is called trip-tonic, my uncles beemer and mdx has that. its good for an auto car, gives you some option on when to shift.
     
  18. Dhhawal

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    don't we all? thats what this forum is about, learning from each other..! cheers mate..!
     
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  19. Codename.47

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    nah nah man my ford have Trip tronic + - too but thats different to ALFA's
     
  20. gagan_singh

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    once again im mistaken. lol whats different in alfa's
     

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