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by Gareth
Wed Feb 03, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Advanced Driving - Cars
Topic: Stopping an auto smoothly
Replies: 43
Views: 3612

Re: Stopping an auto smoothly

Searching the old forum is sometimes useful. One hint relayed by 7db from Susie is to manually select a higher gear, not sure how that makes sense but perhaps the relaying source could be consulted. I did discover that this issue has mildly vexed a certain waremark for a very long time ...
by Gareth
Fri Jan 29, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Advanced Driving - Cars
Topic: Practice routes
Replies: 21
Views: 1986

Re: Practice routes

My occasional self-challenge is to use commentary consecutively on a frequently traveled route, such as commuting, since each iteration allows me to winnow the irrelevant, find better ways to describe what I see and how that affects my planning, and sometimes to see more that's pertinent.
by Gareth
Thu Jan 28, 2021 10:53 pm
Forum: Advanced Driving - Cars
Topic: Practice routes
Replies: 21
Views: 1986

Re: Practice routes

I always take Associates 'near to home' if I can and it is surprising how many deteriorate. When I was in my early twenties, long before I got interested in improving my driving in a formal sense, I had a horrid realisation about how embarrassing it would be to have an accident near home. That ment...
by Gareth
Thu Jan 28, 2021 10:45 pm
Forum: Advanced Driving - Cars
Topic: Practice routes
Replies: 21
Views: 1986

Re: Practice routes

For shapes of roads I think surprises are points of learning. Trying to see a road fresh might be a good exercise but if it really were fresh would you always miss the same things, or would it vary each time? I'm a little bit bothered by an analytical approach because it can bring things into the co...
by Gareth
Thu Jan 28, 2021 7:20 pm
Forum: Advanced Driving - Cars
Topic: Practice routes
Replies: 21
Views: 1986

Re: Practice routes

Different times of year, different weather, potholes in different places, different walkers, cyclists, horse riders in different places. How can I not drive to what I see? Last time was fresh and packed snow, salted on some roads so cold brown slush and water, first time I can remember it being like...
by Gareth
Thu Jan 28, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Advanced Driving - Cars
Topic: Practice routes
Replies: 21
Views: 1986

Re: Practice routes

Yes, stamina (concentration, observation) is (are) a problem when there are long gaps between proper driving :( I'm planning to do the same route a few times to rebuild those, making a note of how far I go before I realise I'm displaying signs of tiredness. Is this a route you've used previously / r...
by Gareth
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Advanced Driving - Cars
Topic: Practice routes
Replies: 21
Views: 1986

Practice routes

I don't remember practice routes being discussed all that much, either here or in the previous forum, but they seem to be one thing we could do while maintaining good social distancing, prevailing stay-at-home rules permitting. The routes I make up tend to be rural and NSL; I don't find urban drivin...
by Gareth
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Blimey it's quiet...
Replies: 32
Views: 4065

Re: Blimey it's quiet...

jcochrane wrote:I'm due to have my eyes tested tomorrow

Barnard Castle?
by Gareth
Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Blimey it's quiet...
Replies: 32
Views: 4065

Re: Blimey it's quiet...

I have an extra set of wheels for my Yaris and winter tyres. The only worry about having winter tyres is that with the limited winters we get now get they don’t get as much use as I would like and consequently they get old before they wear out. Have you considered all season tyres instead of the wi...
by Gareth
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:17 pm
Forum: Advanced Driving - Bikes
Topic: Corner lines - thoughts?
Replies: 19
Views: 1988

Re: Corner lines - thoughts?

I'll be a bit controversial though and say that the majority of offsiding (as opposed to straightening) I see riders do is often flamboyant, 'look at me', actions and within the posted limits of little benefit. I expect it's different for cars but I find that some drivers use the offside to show to...

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