Am I going to kill my car by keeping it stopped?
June 16, 2012 11:02 PM Subscribe
Is it a bad idea to slightly accelerate on a steep uphill slope to keep a car with an automatic transmission stopped?
posted by saeculorum to Travel & Transportation (24 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
For no good reason beyond my own amusement, I've taken to keeping my automatic transmission equipped car stopped on a steep uphill slope by very slightly depressing the accelerator pedal. The increased idle speed of the engine keeps the car from rolling backwards. When I need to go forward, I can just depress the accelerator further rather than switching rapidly from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal. With the slopes in the Seattle area, this is the difference between rolling backwards a foot or so (if I have to switch pedals) and avoiding rolling backwards at all (if I stay on the accelerator pedal).
It occurs to me that I have absolutely no idea if this is a stupid idea, since I haven't found the practice mentioned anywhere, nor has anyone told me to do it or not to do it.