ChristianAB wrote:aesthetics...since most advanced tests/awards are obtained with the assessor being sat in the passenger's seat...as opposed to, say, racing drivers only chasing lap-times...
It isn't about lap times. The ״V״ isn't necessarily faster than a more rounded or elliptical approach to a bend. It certainly isn't when I am doing it on the public road, and even in a competitive environment it normally isn't faster.
However, in those particular bends it can give a bigger margin of safety with regards to vision, without necessarily having to pay in term of dynamic response.
Anyway, for me using it is the exception. Not the rule.
We all have systems of beliefs and values that shape our driving, and typically we use our driving experience to experiment and validate our beliefs, chief amongst them the belief that smooth is good.
However, very few of our driving beliefs (well, at least my own) trully hold for the entire range of situations that can be encountered while driving. At both ends of the spectrum there tends to be an extreme where the belief system fails. That is where we need to be flexible
in our approach.