General Chat Thread, The way people are taught to drive today. in General; I was taught to go into neutral. Been driving 1.5 years or so....
15th February 2010, 11:16 PM #16
I was taught to go into neutral. Been driving 1.5 years or so.
15th February 2010, 11:21 PM #17
I was taught to go into neutral unless its a really short stop where you need to move quickly again like a give way. That way your foot can be on the break to keep the car safely put and limit carnage in the case of a rear end accident as best as possible.
I also block shift, given the hp that my car puts out I usually go 1,2,5 and have to stop accelerating either half or three quaters of the way through second depending on if I am in suburban streets or the motorway respectivly. Any more than that and I get the red+blue warning lights blinking in the rear view mirror along with an annoying warning siren.
Last edited by SYNACK; 15th February 2010 at 11:26 PM.
15th February 2010, 11:38 PM #18
So distracting, aren't they? I mean, there you are, trying to concentrate on how many cars you can get past before the next exit, and there's this whining noise coming from somewhere behind...
Originally Posted by SYNACK
15th February 2010, 11:41 PM #19
Just get an Auto its far simpler
15th February 2010, 11:46 PM #20
Precicely, very distracting a menace to public safety even. It does get quieter if you speed up though, for a while at least until that nasty Whhooop, whooop, whhooop noise starts up overhead.
Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey
16th February 2010, 06:30 AM #21
Originally Posted by webman
16th February 2010, 06:38 AM #22
My 19 year old daughter was recently refused insurance as she hadn't completed her Pass Plus.
Originally Posted by mossj
16th February 2010, 07:31 AM #23
20 years ago I taught myself in the USA and passed by doing to circuits around the block. The instructor was very impressed I could drive Stick so passed me.
I then had five lessons in England and passed first time.
Last edited by ICT_GUY; 16th February 2010 at 12:57 PM.
16th February 2010, 07:54 AM #24
Not sure on this so just a simple question really - with ref to the pass plus do you have to take it within a year of passing your driving license test ??
Or can you simply just take it whenever ?
16th February 2010, 08:13 AM #25
12 months: Let me google that for you
Originally Posted by mac_shinobi
Thanks to powdarrmonkey from:
mac_shinobi (16th February 2010)
16th February 2010, 08:15 AM #26
Question for tech_guy (or anyone else with very recent experience of driving tuition): are they still insisting on what I consider to be the utterly daft 'eco-driving' system of always being in as high a gear as possible? When my wife had her lessons about 4 years ago that was the 'in' thing, and it conflicted utterly with the IAM tuition I was having which emphasised not changing up too soon for better control.
16th February 2010, 08:16 AM #27
yuck id rather walk than drive another auto the 2 ive driven have always been in the wrong gear at the wrong time you cant force them to downshift while slowing down so they are in the right gear to accelerate when needed (approach to a roundabout with good visibility for instance)
Originally Posted by FN-GM
someone mentioned iam test further up i did it about 11 years ago now wasnt a bad thing to do but i dont think it made that much difference depends on your driving style anyway
16th February 2010, 08:18 AM #28
@AngryTechnician: if it helps, five years ago I was taught to be in as "high a gear as sensible" to reduce wear and tear but still maintain control at low speeds.
16th February 2010, 08:42 AM #29
I keep hearing this word "handbrake". I've heard of it, and use one frequently, but I'm pretty sure the majority of drivers I have the misfortune of pulling up behind don't know what one is.
16th February 2010, 08:58 AM #30
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