OT: Car buffs, help needed

John Sessoms jsessoms002 at nc.rr.com
Sat Oct 31 20:11:38 EDT 2009

From: "William Robb"
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Adam Maas"
> Subject: Re: OT: Car buffs, help needed
>> > On Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 12:38 PM, William Robb <warobb at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> >>
>>> >> ----- Original Message ----- From: "John Sessoms" Subject: Re: OT: Car
>>> >> buffs, help needed
>>> >>
>>> >>
>>> >>
>>>> >>>
>>>> >>> A competent driver doesn't produce "the jerky motion" when shifting.
>>>> >>>
>>> >>
>>> >> A classic example of being wrong.
>>> >>
>> >
>> > Depends on how you parse the sentence. A proper shift should not be
>> > jerky, but on the other hand it could still have an abrupt change in
>> > acceleration (which is what people are not feeling with standard
>> > CVT's)
> A competent driver is doing a lot more than shifting gears, and with rev 
> holders built into pollution control systems, getting absolutely seamless 
> shifting with a manual box is just about impossible.
> To me, competence behind the wheel has more to do with obeying traffic laws, 
> not texting while driving, not causing car accidents, being a defensive, or 
> at least neutral driver rather than being belligerant behind the wheel, and 
> showing a modicum of consideration for the people you are sharing the road 
> with than it has to do with how well you shift gears.

Being a smooth and courteous driver depends on being in synch with your 
vehicle as well as with the driving environment - road conditions, 
traffic load, other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists. You have to know not 
only what's going on around you, but what's likely to be going on around 
you when you get further down the road.

Just because you are unable to shift a manual transmission smoothly 
doesn't mean no one else can.

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