It's funny, I spent this morning in stop and go traffic, and the flexibility of second gear on the WRX amazes me. It's good for any speed from 10 to 60, making it the perfect stop and go gear. Obviously for full stops you grab first, but I got to thinking about this whole "I can't grab 1st at 30 mph" business, and wondering, as many others have posted, why anyone would ever do that?
I know that there are sample to sample variances, so what is a problem for one might not be for another, however.
Oh, to the point, I can grab 1st at 15 mph, but never do.