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    i'll finish reading the above after posting but i think that he is right in the sense that he is teaching you to pass a test not how to drive. i dont drive, but ppl have always said that you learn to drive after you pass.
    I agree with that, in fact I don't think anyone who has driven less than perhaps 100,000 post test miles and at least ten years experience can be considered to be an experienced driver.

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    I generally tend to do nothing...



    "Drive" does it all for me, heh..

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    Originally Posted by Andrew_C
    No to changing into 1st while moving, unless crawling in traffic. There is a gate to prevent you doing this for a reason...


    That too. Unless you like paying for gearboxes... come to think of it, presumably it's his gearbox not yours, drive like that in his and do what u like when you pass. Within reason!

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    Well I was taught to use the gears to slow down, 5-3-2. Never ever into first by my instructor, this was 10 years ago. All my cars apart from my current bmw have a gate to stop you engaging first at anything above 10mph. The bmw will happiily drop to first at anything upto 30mph. But you need to rev match the engine so not to cause a sudden jolt. I did my race driving license a few years ago and now find myself using the gears more to slow down and anticipate traffic, but if i'm out for a spirited drive, I often end up dropping down through the gears to first when at about 15mph approaching lights.

    I would drive to how your instructor tells you to pass the test. Once thats done have a look at doing pass plus or an IAM course to get a better feel for driving daily. You only learn once you've passed. Your taught to pass the rest is upto you.

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    Hi everyone,

    Thanks a lot for the information, very interesting to see how everyone else uses the gears (or in some cases no gears at all )

    Tom.

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    Quite interestingly on my way to and from hospital yesterday I was making note of how I do drive and realised I did use the brakes more than I thought whilst changing down the gears.

    I would like to make a special mention for the 2 idiots who decided rather than get in the correct lane on the M4/5 interchange they would suddenly stop in the middle lane in the hope of being let in the the M5 queue. Luckily the lane to my left had a space I could swerve into. I hope it was caught on camera.

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    Alll good advice however what advice would give in this instance?

    BBC News - Learner driver flips car on roof in Oxford

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    Quote Originally Posted by markwatkins View Post
    Alll good advice however what advice would give in this instance?

    BBC News - Learner driver flips car on roof in Oxford
    Buy a bus pass.

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    I have been driven by someone who went from 1st to 3rd to 5th. Very odd.

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    Obviously ignoring complaints from the engine as well then

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    Quote Originally Posted by K.C.Leblanc View Post
    I have been driven by someone who went from 1st to 3rd to 5th. Very odd.
    I know that on my advanced driving course I was told to skip gears while driving, not bothering to (for example) go from 4th to 3rd to 2nd to make a turn but to slow down with braking and normal deceleration, then just jump straight in to 2nd as I stopped decelerating.

    Changing up was the same, so generally when coming on to a national limit road I'll sit in 3rd until I'm up to speed, then jump to fifth. This all depends on the car though. In my old one I'd need to change from 3rd to 4th to 5th to get enough acceleration to get up to speed in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesb View Post
    generally when coming on to a national limit road I'll sit in 3rd until I'm up to speed, then jump to fifth..
    Same here. 3rd gear can take me quite comfortably up to 80mph so why bother with 4th gear if im done accelerating? As you said, its part of advanced driving. What they teach you to pass your test is massively different to what police/race drivers/etc are taught.

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