Another thread about driving

Discussion in 'Motoring' started by damage, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. damage

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    Couple of things I've notice while "i like driving in my car" -

    Firstly, so many more people seem to be going through red lights. This is strange as its something I've never even been tempted to do (unlike say speeding). True I have pushed some lights when I have approached them and they are amber, and prob gone over some when they have just turned red.

    Howver driving to London and back, I could not believe how many people I saw simply ignore red lights (not ones that were, say, amber as they got close, but red and had been for a while)

    On my sat nav I have red light cameras icon. I ended up having fun, knowing when I had just passed one, then looking in my mirror and seeing if anyone got caught.


    Second - Non dipped headlights. It is thanks to this forum that I know what the raise lower dial does on my dashboard. So many people have wonky headlighs with one pointing up, or generally high headlights, to the point they almost look full beam.

    I think the problem is, you notice immediately when someone has this problem with their car - but how do you know for your car?

    Is this something checked (thoroughly ) on mot's? otherwise the number of people blinding me wont decrease (just like I might unknowling be blinding others - all ihave to go by is that when dartk i can see the extremity of my beams on the road, and they look ok)

    hmm
     
  2. Dom996

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    OOh! Don't start me on my gripes with some of this countries drivers. :D
     
  3. kishoo

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    Whats more worrying is those drivers whose cars belong on a scrap heap and look like they are uninsured, untaxed and driven by morons who have only just passed their driving test !!
     
  4. Dom996

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    It was my wife that put the dent in the wing, not me. :)
     
  5. kishoo

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    How many wing mirrors have you lost so far ????
     
  6. WhyAyeMan

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    Regarding red light jumping, are you surprised when the government changes the timing of the lights to deliberately impede traffic flow? I'm not.
     
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    Headlight direction (horizontal and vertical) is supposed to be checked when it is MOT'd.

    Another annoyance is the increasing number of cars which only seem too have the high level brake light working and not the standard ones.
     
  8. Dom996

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    I have lost one. You lost a few? You and a minibus in Woking perhaps.

    When approaching a traffic light I will slow down allowing me to stop if needed. However I make a judgement at a given point where I will continue if it turns. That is better than locking up or getting someone up your backside.
     
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    There's nothing wrong with bad driving, as long as you don't break the speed limit :D
     
  10. Dom996

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    You really shouldn't be speeding, it's dangerous.
     
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    That correct.
    Having a few to drink and driving is ok, its speed that kills :lesson:
     
  12. sidicks

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    Lokks like this discussion went a similar route to 2 previous posts I've added to.....................................................!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sidicks
     
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    I was stuck at a red light (this time at a level crossing) for about ten minutes before the train came by. I wasn't in a hurry but the ambulance stuck on the other side had its blue lights flashing. Someone could have died because of this stupid timing.
     
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    what about drivers who sit in stationary traffic with their foot on the brake, blinding you with bright(esp modern cars) brake lights.

    use the handbrake thats what it's there for
     
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    Brake lights arn't that bright!
     
  16. kevandalice

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    they are on some new cars that have led style lights.
    but only in dark conditions
     
  17. lmccauley

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    When I did an advanced driving course, the instructor told me to keep my foot on the brake when stationary so that the brake light stayed lit. This gives a bit more warning to arriving traffic, and encourages them to leave a bit more of a gap behind you. Once a car has actually stopped behind me though, I tend to go to handbrake so as not to blind them.

    Cheers,
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  18. lynx

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    I have led's on my car and i must admit i wouldn't like to be sat behind it staring at them.
     
  19. iendicott

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    It's a poor excuse for not stopping safely at a red light. If the person was paying attention they should be approaching the lights with a mind frame that the lights could change at any moment, it's called planning ahead and unfortunately alot of drivers nowadays do not plan ahead.

    When these drivers have an accident they regard it generally as not their fault even though the accident 99% of the time could have been avoided with planning ahead and reading road condition etc. :lesson:

    I am training to become an ADI (Advanced Driving Instructor) and this means stepping up my driving practices alot. Now I am not perfect in anyway and I have had to stop alot of bad habbits that I have picked up. It's amazing how much you can pick faults with other drivers on the road when you start to drive by the book.

    For example people who use there fog lights during the day :rolleyes: This is illegal unless visability is below 100m, or people when turning that do not use their idicators :mad: These are not optional extras :nono: use them when turning or changing lanes :lease:

    I'll get off my soap box now ;)
     
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    It's cos most people in london don't have a D/L so a red light don't mean nothing to them
     
  21. damage

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    i dont really understand the problem with foglights

    i see people with them on occassionally and dont think they blind me at all, not anywhere near as much as poorly levelled headlights

    in two years ive found cause to turn my fog lights on twice (i didnt think they helped my visibiliy so assume they instead make your more visible)
    the first time was in probably the worst fog ive ever seen, at which point a police man pulled me over to ask why i had fog lights on - it was very peculiar

    (one of those conversations where you are so dumbstruck you begin to try and reason and then decide that as he's the one with the uniform and threatening you with a fine you are safer to just agree with him and apologise "im sorry i had my fog lights on in fog, officer, i wont do it again)

    im sure i must have been missing something
     
  22. iendicott

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    :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

    And Damage I am not 100% sure but it is to do with being dazzled also read ones are just as bad, it's brings us back to the point about standing on your brakes at traffic lights and dazzling the driver behind you.
     
  23. FazerThou

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    Then you really should learn what ADI stands for...:devil:
     
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    My bad - Approved Driving Instructor :oops:

    I'll get my coat
     
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    Hehe, how far have you got?
     
  26. iendicott

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    Taking the part one very soon when I can get round to booking it and found a good ADI to run me through the part 2 and part 3, aparently the part 3 has a 6% first time pass rate :eek:
     
  27. sidicks

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    During the drive to (and from) the circuit for my Porsche Performance driving course last week the instructor discussed some Advanced Driving techniques with me. It was amazing how far ahead he was looking in order to assess possible hazards and be able to react well before there was a problem. I've tried to take that forward into my own driving, but it requires a serious amount of concentration whereas most people on the road seem to be driving 'in a daze' without really concentrating on what they are doing. No wonder there are so many accidents!

    sidicks
     
  28. lmccauley

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    I think it's a great idea to have advanced driving courses supplied with performance cars. Mine was on a public road which had the advantage that it was directly relevant to day-to-day driving. The disadvantage is that you can't push your car like you can on a private track. Ideally, a course like that would combine both.

    Cheers,
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  29. sidicks

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    Well I had 20 minutes to and from the track plus around 3-hours on the hill circuit, mile straight and high-speed bowl. I think on the full performance driving course you get even more on-road tuition which is very beneficial.

    I was so impressed with the day that I'm going to book another tuition course in a few months' time.

    Cheers

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    I would have questioned him further - so what if he's a co[ - if it was foggy and you had your fog lights on, then whats the problem..??
    what happened if you were involved in an accident because you were forced to turn them off..??
     

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