You lot habe me wondering if my hill assist cancels upon application of the petrol pedal. I'll have to play around.
Curious to know the response also- I mean it makes sense that would be a pretty easy implementation to make the guidance unobtrusive. I've actually confirmed in MK7 Golf/GTI's there is a setting for how sensitive hill start assist is. I didn't mess around with it but it's definitely in the menu's with two options (besides off- so 3). [/ quote]
That's interesting that you've got sensitivity settings for hill start assist. My menu doesn't offer settings, so my bill start assist will just have to stay.
I know what you mean about 9-10 MPH in 1st gear. You can get down 1-2 MPH lower than I can without the engine complaining; I've actually tested this with the digital speedometer display in the Driver Information Center between the analog speedometer and tachometer.
I rely on my digital read out when I'm crawling in low gears. I know once I dip below 7 mph it's easy back into 1st gear (I hate this). I don't know how well I'd do choosing gears and such if I turned this feature off because I find the traditional speedo in this car hard to read at a glance. [/ quote]
I don't necessarily fine my speedo hard to read, but the digital display is much easier to read at a glance.
That is quite impressive how daring you were from the start. Today, I tried relying on hill start assist on a hill and ended up stalling for the first time in a few weeks because hill start assist needs you to start letting up the clutch before giving it gas (and my feet are used to giving some gas just before letting up the clutch). Luckily, the light was already red when I stalled, so nobody honked. For now, I'll be using either the e-brake method or the "find the friction point with your foot on the brake and switch to the accelerator" method in traffic and I will continue testing the limits of hill start assist when nobody's around (and I remember to try it). Besides, I find either of the first 2 methods simpler to process than using hill start assist, but to each their own.
I typically roll back maybe a little if I'm not being good about it but it's more or less how I operate. Even on level ground I'm setting the gas either
before or simultaneously with finding the friction point in 1st. It really sucked when I started out... like it was constantly lingering in my mind this one exit ramp before I even got into the car. I actually never stalled on it and like I said it was unavoidable for 5 days a week (that's pretty good stats IMO). I actually have stalled recently kind of day dreaming and a long red light but I'm not super paranoid about it like when I first started. I pretty much just did an "oops" and restarted back up and went on my way. It humbled me in a good way though I think if that makes sense.
I'm still uneasy about rolling back, unless I can see the entire front of the car in my rearview mirror (which isn't too frequent.
For some reason I was under the impression that setting the gas wasn't something that experienced drivers did, although it makes sense to do that most of the time, especially since it makes for a quicker take-off, which is quite necessary around here.
As for hills, I'm still at that point where some of them are on my mind before I'm in the car, although I've handled them fine for the most part. As of the other day, I finally starting taking a slight hill near me leading up to the Grand Central Parkway, whereas I'd been taking a slightly longer route to avoid it. Weirdly enough, there are some hills near work that cannot be avoided and I've done fine on them, aside from a few accidental overrevs (but nothing too far above 2k RPM.
Stalling is definitely a humbling experience. When I stalled the other day, I was surprisingly quick at restarting, although I was a bit nervous afterwards and made sure to give it some gas when the light turned green. Unlike in the past, my recovery from stalling did not involve peeling out.
The few people I know that drive stick have all said that it takes time to become proficient. I just need to be patient and remember that I've already made progress (and will hopefully continue to).