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Old 28-01-2020, 09:03 PM   #2
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hello nope09191 :-)

what happened in the first instance (and possibly the second instance) is communicated by your clue that the traffic lights were of a long duration.

the car goes from Drive to Neutral, without communicating this to the driver.

this is to protect the clutch, which would otherwise be held open (de-clutched) for a long period, straining the springs that are trying to bring the clutch plates together.

if you can anticipate a long traffic light, put in to neutral, and then get ready to engage Drive (at the appropriate time), just as you would in a manual car :-)

the car has a regular manual gearbox, it's just that there is no physical clutch pedal (there is a clutch, it is controlled by the car, which tries to anticipate when to clutch and de-clutch).

if i am confusing you, just let me know :-)
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