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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #75 on: July 05, 2010, 08:03 PM »
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The videos didn't help much. Most people know and have heard of fatal car accidents. I don't think making me want to puke made me a better driver. It's kind of like telling someone, "This is what happens when you do something bad" but not telling someone how to do it right. Sure, it made me fearful, but I could have been just as reckless and fearful without my grandfather having taught me how to properly drive.

I always wondered and it's interesting to read what you say about this. 

Drive safe .. Smile
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #76 on: July 05, 2010, 08:47 PM »
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Definitely ..... but I never bet money..  George, have you ever driven an automatic on the teeny twisting backroads that pass for real roads in Scotland ??  And we're not talking cute Boxters here  Rolling Eyes

You do have to be joking. You do realize that the Tip-tronic rocker-switch controlled gearbox system is straight out of the Foruma 1 racing car. I can drive straight up walls let alone fast around corners!! Smile

So whats the routine for stopping at some lights if you was like 3rd gear.  Just brake, stop in neutral then start off again in gear 1, then 2, then 3 or what ... this is what I panick about Think

Panicking is not a good idea. I passed my Advanced Driving Test at 31 and my Driving Test at 18 by reading the Police Drivers Manual which is no doubt online somewhere.

I have no idea where you’ve got your ideas from about having to de-clutch and change down when braking with a modern car.  That’s motor-car drill from the 1960’s, and lorry-drill from a little while later.

In the old days you had to kick the accelerator to speed up the engine to catch up with the speed of the clutch plate before you could change down. Now you don’t have to because the clutch plate is compensated, and with modern big discs and disc-pads you don’t have to worry about braking either. Old brakes were feeble shoe-brakes in comparison.

In modern cars you brake using the brake, and then when you’ve slowed down enough you change gear without touching the throttle and slide the gear lever into a lower gear in a two part motion, where the first part engages the clutch plate automatically and allows it to speed up the engine for you, and the second part engages the gear.

Driving is like everything else. Practice makes perfect. I sneaked out and drove on my own without L plates to get used to driving with confidence before I took my driving test, so that I felt that I actually owned my car and was going to give the Examiner a lift when I took the test .. but don’t tell anybody!!


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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #77 on: July 05, 2010, 08:50 PM »
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You do have to be joking. You do realize that the Tip-tronic rocker-switch controlled gearbox system is straight out of the Foruma 1 racing car. I can drive straight up walls let alone fast around corners!! Smile

Panicking is not a good idea. I passed my Advanced Driving Test at 31 and my Driving Test at 18 by reading the Police Drivers Manual which is no doubt online somewhere.

I have no idea where you’ve got your ideas from about having to de-clutch and change down when braking with a modern car.  That’s motor-car drill from the 1960’s, and lorry-drill from a little while later.

In the old days you had to kick the accelerator to speed up the engine to catch up with the speed of the clutch plate before you could change down. Now you don’t have to because the clutch plate is compensated, and with modern big discs and disc-pads you don’t have to worry about braking either. Old brakes were feeble shoe-brakes in comparison.

In modern cars you brake using the brake, and then when you’ve slowed down enough you change gear without touching the throttle and slide the gear lever into a lower gear in a two part motion, where the first part engages the clutch plate automatically and allows it to speed up the engine for you, and the second part engages the gear.

Driving is like everything else. Practice makes perfect. I sneaked out and drove on my own without L plates to get used to driving with confidence before I took my driving test, so that I felt that I actually owned my car and was going to give the Examiner a lift when I took the test .. but don’t tell anybody!!




In modern cars you'd be as well using the gears to slow down, as it saves wear on your brake pads.... common sense.....
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #78 on: July 05, 2010, 08:59 PM »
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You do have to be joking. You do realize that the Tip-tronic rocker-switch controlled gearbox system is straight out of the Foruma 1 racing car. I can drive straight up walls let alone fast around corners!! Smile


Okay George .... I can recognise a wild eyed motor fanatic frothing at the mouth at 100 paces   Very Happy  How old is this Boxter and what colour is it?
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #79 on: July 05, 2010, 10:21 PM »
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In modern cars you'd be as well using the gears to slow down, as it saves wear on your brake pads.... common sense.....

If you wish. I do, because it’s easy with a Tiptronic .. but it is NOT essential and I don’t recommend it for girls!! .. Smile

Okay George .... I can recognise a wild eyed motor fanatic frothing at the mouth at 100 paces   Very Happy  How old is this Boxter and what colour is it?

Geeeeeee!!!!! I thought you’d never ask.  Guess I’m gonna havta getta pic, ..  later .. as it’s dinner time and I have to be up bright and early for tennis tomorrow morning ..

 It’s midnight blue and a perfect peach. I was very lucky to get it. It’s 2002 with all the options, all-leather, head-rest insignia, plate glass heated rear window (I can hear you going into hysterics already) gear-lever insignia, Sat-Nav display, Bose Sound, 6 deck CD player, and an additional dash-mounted Alpine Sat Nav with a 6” wide-screen (which I’ve had since 1998) with whole screen 3D display, cruise-control, 17” wheels with coloured inserts, which I painted myself, with nail-varnish and real-24ct-gold-leaf and clear size.

Who said I was a fanatic? See! I’m not just frothing at the mouth. I’m an AAArtist toooo!!  Smile
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #80 on: July 06, 2010, 08:44 AM »
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In modern cars you'd be as well using the gears to slow down, as it saves wear on your brake pads.... common sense.....

Surely it also makes sense (at least in my head) to go from gear 3, 2, 1 because when you set off in a car you go 1, 2, 3.  That was my logic on things Think
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #81 on: July 06, 2010, 12:56 PM »
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Hahaha my boss came in my office and saw me reading my highway code and I said it much of an interesting read it was, he said "if you look around theres alot people who are thick and who can drive, so if they can do it you'll have no problem.  Use that as motivation" haha I do too actually!  Its shocking how many thick girls I know can drive.
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #82 on: July 06, 2010, 01:22 PM »
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Surely it also makes sense (at least in my head) to go from gear 3, 2, 1 because when you set off in a car you go 1, 2, 3.  That was my logic on things Think

Not if you come to a stop while in 3rd for example. You just de-clutch and put it into first.
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #83 on: July 06, 2010, 05:07 PM »
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Not if you come to a stop while in 3rd for example. You just de-clutch and put it into first.

Right. You use the gear corresponding to your speed. I guess you'll work it all out once you get in a car and start driving.
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #84 on: July 08, 2010, 12:28 AM »
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Just to add my 2 cents, it's easier and not as scary as it sounds so just go for it. Smile

You can get a learner's license at 15 here although I didn't start until I was 17 as I felt too scared at 15, and I still feel that's too young to start driving.

Anyway parents paid for loads of lessons which was good and I quickly discovered it wasn't as scary as I'd imagined. Did enough lessons and practice to feel confident I could pass the driving test, then did it and passed with no trouble.

The key really is making sure you are confident enough and good enough through practice and lessons etc so that you can pass the test. Don't go for it as soon as you are eligible, do it when you are able to pass it.

Slightly different system here in that you have to have a 'learner's license' (can only drive with someone who has had a full license for 2 years in the passanger seat) for 6 months before doing a test for a 'restricted license' (can drive alone, but if taking passengers there must be someone as above in the passanger seat, and cannot drive at all after 10pm and before 6am except in special circumstances - ie, you can get a special permit if you have to drive to work night shifts etc). Have to be on this for 18 months (or can cut down to 12 or less by doing various courses) before another test for the 'full license.'

I know loads of people who went for the restricted as soon as the 6 months was up just because they could, but failed because they were not really ready for it, my brother being 1 such person. One of my best friends was learning at the same time as me and made a point of going for the test before me to beat me. However as he had only done a few lessons with his parents in their big 8 seater people mover, he wasn't properly ready and failed. I waited several months longer than necessary but did the test when I felt ready and passed with no issue, I also organised a final lesson with my teacher to go through the exact test and route so I knew what was ahead.

So my advice would be to just go for it and start learning, but take your time and don't feel pressured to go for the next level before you are ready "just because you can." And try to learn in a sensible car if possible.
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #85 on: July 08, 2010, 08:37 AM »
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My mum has a Citroen C3 so I can learn in that.  I'd never rush into the tests so they are so expensive now I don't wanna be wasting my money until I was fully confident.
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #86 on: July 08, 2010, 09:54 AM »
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My tuppence-worth would be to learn the theory by one of those CDs through the computer where you are asked questions as in the theory test and you are scored to see how you have done. Doing it repeatedly is a tremendous way of getting the right answers in your head so that when you come to take the theory test you have few problems. Good luck with the practical - great fun!
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #87 on: July 08, 2010, 07:21 PM »
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Hmm the ironic thing about this is that in 2 months this will be me...
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #88 on: July 08, 2010, 07:45 PM »
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If it's any consolation girls, I utterly hated learning to drive.  I used to have stomach aches before each and every lesson.    Even after I passed my test and had a car, the sight of it made me heave....  However, it passes and it becomes second nature.  Very Happy
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Re: Learning to Drive Support Group « Reply #89 on: July 08, 2010, 07:52 PM »
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It's just a necessity ... Smile
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