Teamwork wrote:I was rifling a ton of questions but I do that for pretty much everything that requires me to learn. If I ask and voice the questions and answers it just helps me learn things. I ranted many a times when I registered here how I would research advice on other various sites and a lot of it kind of hindered my progress because baseless things were being stated and everyone would act like it could only be done their way and no other.[/ quote]
Whew. I also ask a lot of questions when I'm learning something new, especially when I'm interested in it. Since I tend to overthink things (I know, what a shocker), I feel like I really have a lot of questions sometimes.
I'm going to guess that the gauges aren't backlit in the dark with the headlights off to remind drivers without automatic headlights to turn their lights on. Although if that's the case, they might as well have just made auto headlights standard.
Didn't even think of this but that could make sense. I'd still rather have set up with the latter with some sort constant back lit no matter if DRL's or headlights. I've done a bit of research into this with some of the most knowledgeable coders and apparently it can't be done. There is scandinavia mode though which would allow this but also defaults your headlights to be constantly on when the car is on.
The lack of backlighting doesn't bother me too much, although it can be surprising when you drive through a dark area (like a tunnel or parking garage) and it's like "where did the gauges go?"
It's kind of funny on a side note though because I felt obligated to give sound advice if I thought I could help once I became pretty familiar with how things work and understood better. I'm by no means the best manual operator but I at least kind of understand it pretty well and realize if something is jerky or wonky why it happened that way. When I first started out I really just hoped my 1st gear launches were good enough and that no one would see me bucking like a bronco or stalling. I didn't really understand too much why it would be smooth one time and bopping the other. It's kind of at the point where I just want to be as perfect, as consistently possible. I have better days and some days I really just have to like take a deep breathe and regroup.
I'm also trying to understand what makes my launches smooth or jerry, even though in real life I'm being accused of overthinking things. My thought is that if I don't at least understand what makes a launch smooth or jerky, then I'll forever buck first gear. For what it's worth, I have made progress, but I'm still working on the ultimate gas/clutch combo for buttery smooth launches (I've done a few by accident, so I'm sure I can develop the muscle memory for it consistently).
Unrelated or maybe related... I've started the beginning grumblings of taking up golf. I've been getting pretty sound advice from people with quite a bit of experience and accumulation of skills but it's funny that the guys who have been playing this sport for a decade still say they suck sometimes and a memorable quote is "golf is not a game of perfect". I think the same can be applied to driving a manual transmission vehicle too.
That's a perfect analogy. My brother (who used to play a lot of basketball) told me a similar analogy along the the lines of "one bad game experience shouldn't take you away from the sport for good."
Speaking of analogies, I find a lot of parallels between driving a manual transmission and programming (as a data analyst, I'm often coding). At first, you have no idea how to get the thing running, then you're making little adjustments here and there for the best possible results.