Standard Transmissions & Road Tests
I have only ever driven a standard my whole life, have heard some scary things about ICBC's rules regarding manual transmissions from friends. Apparently these things would fail me or make me lose marks on a road test:
- engine breaking not being allowed (there is a difference between dropping to 2nd when you're going 90, and dropping to 2nd from 3rd slowing from 50 at a red light)
- no revving past 3k (this one especially annoys me, for example my current car has optimal horsepower and torque at 3600, and every car is different)
- "improper" shifting intervals (another one that really annoys me, as every standard is different...my old one would need to sit in 2nd at 50kph, my new car sits at around 2800 in 3rd at 50)
- lose marks if you use e-brake when stopped going uphill (while an experience standard driver doesn't need to do this, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this practice and it actually increases safety)
I should say that I love driving a standard and wish more people did! I feel it makes people a better drive as you are more aware of your vehicle and your environment and can't get distracted as easily!