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post #22 of (permalink) Old 4th February 2009
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I was taught to double de-clutch when I did a fire brigade driving course in the early 1980s. I wasn't driving fire engines but I suppose in those days the the appliance drivers would have found it useful. When I started driving on my own I got out of the habit of it. When I first got a car with a five-speed box I got into the habit of changing down from 5th to 3rd, didn't know it was called block-shifting, but when sometimes going into 4th, from 5th, would have been better I could never find it, and that's when I wished I could still double declutch. (Of course, when I learned to drive, c1968 (), we were taught always to go down through all the gears when stopping which I don't think is the case nowadays. We were also taught to use the handbrake when standing at traffic lights etc and judging by the brake lights you see lit up in queues that seems to be a rare skill, too.)
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