Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Greater Philadelphia, PA; U.S.A.
Smoother = worse
Smoother in slicker weather = good, because some of the harshness and abrupt movement is removed mostly by slipping the clutches. In slick weather, clutch life sacrificed for your life, almost literally.
For example, if you drive a manual, and you want super smooth accel and gear changes, you do this by slipping (wearing) the clutch. You can amaze your friends, and make them think you're the best manual trans driver ever (Wow, such a smooooth shifter!), but to do so, you will slip your clutch (more than is needed), and clutch wear is the price to pay.
The gearbox in "All Weather Mode" puts safety and smoothness first. After all, a little clutch wear will help keep you from disrupting traction with sudden bursts of power hitting the wheels. Solution? Slip the clutch. Now now... it might do this by taming the throttle reaction, but news flash: This results in more clutch slip, because low power output requires slow/slipping clutch to move the car and not stall the engine.
Slipping the clutch is also how automated manuals creep in traffic. The best thing to do? Leave a gap; keep the car rolling. If you come to a point where you inch along, the best thing to do is stop. Let a gap open, and then accelerate so that the trans in in gear. It this always possible? No... you might have to inch along, because of how lanes merge or some jerk drives, but your goal should be to be in gear or not in gear. Inching along is accomplished by... slipping the clutch.
>Drive in Natural mode if Dynamic is too aggressive for the finer control needed in traffic.
>Avoid All Weather Mode unless you need the computer to slip the clutches to smooth out the power delivery and keep your tires planted and safe
>Don't inch along in traffic. Drive in a way that lets the trans stay in gear; leave a gap so you stay in gear; inch along as conditions warrant, but look to minimize it. Stop fully if you need to stop the inching/slipping, then use the gap to stay in gear.
>Shift yourself if you'd like, because you can see the road ahead and the computer cannot, so you can hold it in 1st or 2nd, whereas the computer might decide to upshift not knowing the traffic slowed again. Also true when a hill approaches. Why let the computer shift up to 4th, when you know a hill is just ahead and will require 3rd?
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Last edited by Philster; 07-18-2017 at 04:15 PM.