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Re: Be careful out there

Postby itchyfeet » 31 May 2018, 12:23

I said you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

If the old dog want to learn they can.

There is a diference between teaching and learning.

lots of speeders go on a driver awareness course to avoid points, they don't want to learn they just want to avoid points, they probably get taught very little.
If however you booked yourself on the couse and paid you would really want to learn and probaly would get taught lots.
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Re: Be careful out there

Postby Mr Bean » 31 May 2018, 22:20

Learner drivers are probably not going to be as much of a problem as the white van brigade or those who believe that driving in connection with a business gives them a right to drive with a degree of urgency in excess of those who for one reason or another are quite happy to troll along within the speed limit and obey the protocols set out in the highway code. A driver's late start or tight working schedule should not be impressed upon other people.

As an aside: I am surprised at the number of people who are so uncomfortable about motorway driving that they even prefer to use non-dueled roads completely oblivious to the increased hazard in a head on collision.
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Re: Be careful out there

Postby Ian Hulley » 01 Jun 2018, 10:28

itchyfeet wrote: lots of speeders go on a driver awareness course to avoid points, they don't want to learn they just want to avoid points, they probably get taught very little.
If however you booked yourself on the couse and paid you would really want to learn and probaly would get taught lots.


I went on one 3 or 4 years ago ... (35 on a dual carriageway with a temporary 30 limit :roll: ) ... I was shocked that other than myself and another guy who worked on the Highways none of the other 20 odd people on the 'course' knew the speed limit on an unrestricted single carriage way road :shock: They all thought it was 50 not 60. Likewise they didn't know the speed limit in an area with street lights but no speed limit signs ... 30 unless there are repeater signs every 200mtr saying otherwise.
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Re: Be careful out there

Postby Mr Bean » 02 Jun 2018, 14:15

Slightly off topic: Some years ago my offensively chauvinistic nieghbour and his - got to say nicer person than him - partner, bought a new car and decided that she she could only drive it while he was in the car with her. Surprisingly enough at the time she simply went all quiet but several months later presented him with a copy of her newly obtained advanced driver certificate which resulted in a reluctant submission on his part reference the driving. 8)
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Re: Be careful out there

Postby DoubleOSeven » 07 Jun 2018, 18:51

Transport related...I received this url from a worried friend who also advised me to, ‘be careful out there’

https://youtu.be/PT0ay9u1gg4
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Re: Be careful out there

Postby R0B » 07 Jun 2018, 21:39

That made oi larf. :-)
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Re: Be careful out there

Postby CovKid » 08 Jun 2018, 10:17

How many of you were taught to change down when slowing down. I still think its a useful thing to learn - especially if your brakes fail :)
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Re: Be careful out there

Postby Sir Brixalot » 08 Jun 2018, 18:02

They also use to teach changing down on hills so gearbox acted as brakes.
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Re: Be careful out there

Postby R0B » 08 Jun 2018, 18:22

I was discussing this with my truck driver mate. His instructor used to say,you have four brakes and only one gearbox.So use your brakes.
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Re: Be careful out there

Postby 937carrera » 08 Jun 2018, 18:23

Not sure about either of those. I believe Police Trafpol training focuses on only using brakes to slow down. Gets even worse when so many cars are auto / tip.

You used to be taught to get into a higher gear asap. These days, many get told to stay in 3rd / 4th so that they don't drift over the speed limit. EDyes on the speedo not the road
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Re: Be careful out there

Postby itchyfeet » 08 Jun 2018, 18:35

CovKid wrote:How many of you were taught to change down when slowing down. I still think its a useful thing to learn - especially if your brakes fail :)


I know somebody who still rams it into 1st when slowing down to a roundabout, it's painful to watch especially when you know a gearbox rebuiod is £1000
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Re: Be careful out there

Postby silverbullet » 08 Jun 2018, 18:46

itchyfeet wrote:
I know somebody who still rams it into 1st when slowing down to a roundabout, it's painful to watch especially when you know a gearbox rebuiod is £1000


The mem'sahib is hard on the gearbox, was taught "never trust your brakes" and she has never driven an auto...

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Re: Be careful out there

Postby Mr Bean » 08 Jun 2018, 19:27

In the interest of conservation of fuel and mechanics I consciously drive so the vehicle thinks it has a step less automatic gearbox.

Re driving instructors:
I managed to convince Her Ladyship to take driving lessons yonks ago but when I questioned why she drove out onto a "T" junctions after only cursory glance in either direction and asked why she drove with her foot on the clutch she went off one one and straight away chucked it in for good. :shock: Apparently the instructor said it was fine! :shock: :shock: Shortly afterwards I was temporarily grounded for nearly a year when I got ocular Myasthenia Gravis. Standing around waiting for buses and taking a day on various bus/coaches each way between Herts and Dorset - cracking Public Transport - NOT!
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