Just don't do what I did on a driving lesson which directly followed a day when I'd been working on some programming which made heavy use of arrays.
Instructor: "Take the third exit"
I counted them 0,1,2,3 like you do an array and come off on the fourth!
Covered under driving without due care and attention, but then so is the person wrongly sitting in the overtaking lane.
i just don't use the indicators, much better that way, i know where im going why does everybody else need to!!
Was taught to stick with first gear with foot on clutch for short stops - I do however use the handbrake still. That was 10 years ago!
Besides which, you are putting absolutely no wear on your clutch by having your foot on the pedal - the wear only occurs 1. when you're driving normally and don't have your foot on the pedal (only slight wear) and 2. obviously during the engaging/disengaging process.
Overtaking on the left - sometimes there's little to no choice. The A45 from Wellingborough to Northampton is famous for this - the amount of absolute morons that exclusively drive in the right hand (the overtaking) lane regardless of what is (or isn't) in the left lane, or speed really is annoying. You've no choice.
These are not Imps (or more infamously for clutches, the old Dolomites!) though - any wear is minimal and expected - you are literally getting more wear out of the clock hour/minute buttons on cars that don't update for summer time automatically.
Funnily enough though was sitting in a supermarket car park waiting for my nan, and an old lady in a 1985 Mini was trying to park in a space surrounded by nothing. Not a difficult manouvre, bless her she got it right first time - but she was obviously struggling with clutch control - it was SCREAMING. If engines could talk, that one was leaning over to me screaming EUTHANASE ME! I CANNAE TAKE ANY MORE!
Lol, back in the eighties my then neighbours did a holiday swap with an American family. My neighbour's pride and joy was a rather sporty alfa romeo. On their first day the family piled into the car and off they went, the engine screaming as they went down the road.
That evening they returned, after taking in a lot of the tourist attractions in the Midlands. I knew they were coming as I could hear the poor old Alfa's engine before I saw them. I was out front, mowing the lawn. He came over, and asked me if it was normal for a car of that size and type to make so much noise, and use up nearly a tank of petrol?
No it isn't, I said. And then I realised. It's a geared car, I said. His face was a picture. He'd thought it was an automatic and had driven it everywhere in first gear. Classic.
I passed at end of last July but will have been driving for 2 years this April and was always taught (by both of my two instructors) when stopping at lights etc to put it in first just before you stop, then if you are stopped for a while put handbrake on but keep it in first unless you know that you will be there for ages.
In terms of gears I was taught to block downshift ie from 3rd to 1st but not really on the upshifting. I've not really had to the chance to do loads of driving on my own but hoping to get a car in April so I guess i'l develop my own driving style, rather than DSA test style, as well as some bad habits no doubt!
Last edited by witch; 21st March 2010 at 12:05 AM.
While we're on the subject of young drivers! Car insurance is flippin ridiculous! I was paying £1200 for a 1.2 engine! Almost as much as I paid for it!
Nearly 2 years on and i'm still paying over a grand, what a joke! It'd be cheaper for me to buy cars for a few hundred quid and not bother getting insurance and just replace the car when I inevitably get caught. ~Dont do this~
It's a bloody scam
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