So after much thought I decided to buy a manual car after 15+ years of driving solely automatic. With my first manual (1991 Pontiac sunbird), I was never that confident with it so I didn’t really want to go back to a manual. But in searching for a new car this year I decided on a VW Golf GTI. Since i couldn’t find any decent automatics in my price range i decided to get a 2015 manual. So now i am in the process of relearning a manual transmission and it is going good so far. I just have a few questions I’d like to throw out there to some more experienced drivers just to make sure I’m not getting into some bad habits.
When waiting at a stop light, if I am further back in line I will wait in neutral with the brake pressed in, but if I’m first or 2nd in line and I have to be ready to go quicker when the light changes, and if I know it will be changing soon, I will wait in 1st with the clutch right at the biting point and the brake pressed so I can make a faster and smoother take off. Is this ok? Or does it damage the clutch to hold it at the biting point too long or too often?
When driving in residential areas, with a lot of stop signs and where my speed rarely gets up to 50km/h, is it ok to stay in 2nd, slow down as much as I can without stalling at the stop signs, but not fully stop if there is no one around, then slowly accelerate again while still in 2nd?
Kinda similar to question 2, but when turning corners without stopping (no stop sign or green light) if I am in 3rd is it better to downshift to 2nd or can I stay in 3rd, slow down a bit for the corner than slowly accelerate out? I understand that I should not accelerate quickly while in low rpms in higher gears but is it ok to do so slowly?
My GTI, and I assume lots of other cars, has a display that tells me when I should shift. How closely should I follow this? It seems to want me to shift as soon as on each 2000 rpms and sometimes wanting me to shift up to gears, like from 3 to 5. This seems a little early and excessive to me.
Thanks in advance for your help!