So I was caught in my first traffic jam with my accord today . Good practice getting into 1st from a full stop!
This was the traffic where you would go for 20mph for 150ft maybe, and then come to a stop. I stayed in 1st gear until I had to stop again. But, I didn't like running the motor at nearly 4k rpm. I tried shifting up into 2nd gear, but it seems kind of silly because I would have to basically stop in just a few seconds.
What is the best method? Is it best to keep the car in 1st gear and pretty much rev the engine? Should I just deal with the extra shifting and go into 2nd?
The other question is about gas mileage. I understand running your engine at high rpm will typically mean lower gas mileage. Being in 3rd gear @ 65mph probably won't give you the same gas mileage as being in 5th.
What about if I was cruising along at ~50mph? In 4th gear, this would be at roughly 2500rpm, maybe a hair more. My dad encourages me to get into 5th gear as soon as possible, usually around 40 if the road is flat. At 50mph in 5th gear, my engine is just under 2k rpm. So it does run at a lower rpm obviously. But at the same time, it has to generate more torque to supply the demand (assume a flat road). Does this extra demand on torque end up requiring more gas than running at a higher rpm, but lower demand on torque?