Something that I've become aware of lately that I seem to do a lot almost subconsciously, is to use quite a lot of engine braking when I'm coming up to an intersection or a light thats already turned red. I find if I start downshifting a decent way back from the light I can almost pull up to a complete stop gently with barely any use of the brakes, which is a lot gentler than coming up to the lights at 60km/h and then applying solid brakes to pull up at the speed cars tend to do. Anyway, it occured to me the other day that this is probably dangerous, since cars seem to have enough trouble noticing me anyway, let alone when I'm slowing down in front of them without my brakelights coming on to warn them. The problem is that if I both brake and downshift I tend to slow down way too fast.. I know that sounds kind of dumb... but I've actually had occasions where I had to let go of the brake and apply a bit more throttle because i was going to come to a complete stop 20m before the lights I tried just shifting down but holding the clutch right in as I go, so im still in the right gear if i need to make a quick move, but It doesnt slow me too much... is this a good idea? How does everyone usually pull up to lights? I'm talking peak hour, Sydney traffic on Princess Highway, and CBD. Geez, i ramble on too much..