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By stardustveins - / Thursday 24 September 2015 01:14 / United States
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why was this thumbed down? it's the intelligent thing to do. I'll never understand why automatics don't shift into neutral when your speed is zero and you're not accelerating. stick shifts won't even allow you to stop in gear.

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When stopping a manual your foot should be on the clutch until you reach a full stop and make sure that the gearshift is in neutral, then you take your foot off the clutch. However, you can leave the car in any gear while your foot is on the clutch while at a stop and the car is considered in gear, not in neutral, which means you can stop a manual in gear. Automatics don't switch into neutral because any movement makes the transmission spin which causes the transmission to overheat, damaging it.

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OP probably drives an automatic, like most people in the US. No clutch on those, and if you are in drive just taking your foot off the brake will make the car roll forward.

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11 is from UK. Here the vast majority of cars are manual not automatic. Having said that, I understood straight away from reading the FML that OP must have been driving an automatic.

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