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Synchromesh

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2,135 posts

52 months

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Wednesday 22nd December 2010 quote quote all
Took my IAM test this morning and passed. I didn't think it had actually gone that so it was a bit of a surprise to hear of my success. Started off with the examiner (Andy Poulton) realising one of my back tyres was only just legal. My commentary was poor then fizzled out and I forgot the last road sign when he asked. However he is the chief examiner so I suppose if he thinks I'm of IAM stnadard then I am thumbup Just got to keep improving now and make every drive as good as it can be!

MagicalTrevor

5,367 posts

115 months

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Congratulations mate, I guess you must be around Bristol too then if Andy was your Examiner?

I'll tell you what, the IAM course really helped when driving around in this snow. smile

Synchromesh

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MagicalTrevor said:
Congratulations mate, I guess you must be around Bristol too then if Andy was your Examiner?

I'll tell you what, the IAM course really helped when driving around in this snow. smile
That's right. I live in Bristol so am affiliated to the Bristol group. I read your IAM diary some time ago and found it very interesting, but found I didn't go thought a 'lull' like you and many others experienced - but maybe it's because I only learnt to drive in Jan, so am still used to being instructed and less set in my ways so to speak.

S. Gonzales Esq.

1,944 posts

98 months

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Wednesday 22nd December 2010 quote quote all
Congratulations!

My campaign to reach every PH'er in Bristol with the IAM message claims another success! driving

SVS

2,502 posts

157 months

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Tuesday 28th December 2010 quote quote all
CONGRATULATIONS! clap
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JPJPJP

2,628 posts

54 months

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Wednesday 29th December 2010 quote quote all
well done, hopefully santa brought you some new rubber

Synchromesh

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2,135 posts

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JPJPJP said:
well done, hopefully santa brought you some new rubber
Thanks. I got the tyres the next day. In fact here's my thread about them: http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...

andym1603

1,068 posts

58 months

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Congratulations. You will find that it will help you for years to come. Even though you may not use the system all the
time, it is still there.
I passed my IAM car test in 1984 and have since passed the motorcycle test. Both of which help your appreciation of other
drivers and factors around you.
Safe driving.
Andy..

A - W

1,551 posts

101 months

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Friday 31st December 2010 quote quote all
Well done pal!


GilbertGutbucket

663 posts

49 months

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Friday 31st December 2010 quote quote all
Well done and congrats.

Got my Silver RoadaR/RSoPA Pass recently, thought I didn't deserve a Silver but was told I nearly scraped getting a Gold!

Synchromesh

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Thanks all driving

Synchromesh

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Tuesday 6th September 2011 quote quote all
Just a little update on my advanced driving 'progress' for all who are interested...

After my test in January I felt I needed a little time to reaffirm and 'bed-in' what I had learnt, but, having missed the event in 2010, decided to go to the HPC Young Drivers' Day in August. And what a great day it was. Had drives with two top guys (both had Porsches funnily enough, but then this was HPC!) as well as seminars on some very pertinent topics. Being driven by these guys gave me the elusive (but hard to convey) feeling of both fast progress yet absolute security, an ethos I aim to reflect in my own driving.

Following this, I decided that HPC entry was the direction I wanted to take my driving in, so I took up the very kind offer of a day's tuition from another highly rated HPC member. I found this day much more productive as it was one continuous session which gave me plenty of time to work on what I was being told, but just as enjoyable as the YDD.

I then attended my local IAM group's '3-in-a-car' session. This involves members going into groups of three and taking turns to drive, with the two passengers providing comments and criticism on the driver. As luck or good fortune would have, I was trio'd with not just one of the group's senior observers, but also the familiar face of Andy Poulton. It turned out to be one of my worst drives for a long while, which I was annoyed with myself about, but Andy very kindly offered to take me on another occasion for a proper one-to-one session, which I accepted without hesitation.

And I think this session with Andy turned out to be my most productive so far. I soon adapted to Andy's unique style and after a shaky start, I felt like my driving had made a discernable improvement. This session (as they all all do) also showed me how far I still have to go but I now feel one small step closer to being the driver I want to be.

So, what next? I'm lining up half a day with an HPC gatekeeper to see in I'm ready to take the entry course and I'll take it from there. I also hope to be able to show my face at a few ADUK days by the end of the year. I'd love to go into observing for my local group but I've missed the boat for a while (and not being 'in' with the influential members doesn't help my case) so I'll be looking for other opportunities of a similar nature. However if anyone has any ideas whatsoever then please get in touch.

Edited by Synchromesh on Sunday 14th October 14:54

R0G

4,005 posts

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<I felt I needed a little time to reaffirm and 'bed-in' what I had learnt>

That is a very large part of AD - making the AD style your 'normal' style of driving

WELL DONE on passing

Commentary - who cares as its not a marked part of the test

Synchromesh

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On a side note, the last thing Andy taught me just before we finished was how to change gear without touching the clutch. Not an AD technique I know, but insanely cool nonetheless.

R0G

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Synchromesh said:
On a side note, the last thing Andy taught me just before we finished was how to change gear without touching the clutch. Not an AD technique I know, but insanely cool nonetheless.
Very handy to know if the clutch cable snaps

waremark

1,925 posts

99 months

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Well done for passing Mr Syncrho - and even better to have realised that your better driving journey is still just beginning. Also, top blagging - getting all those experts to take you out!

erdnase

1,963 posts

87 months

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Synchromesh said:
On a side note, the last thing Andy taught me just before we finished was how to change gear without touching the clutch. Not an AD technique I know, but insanely cool nonetheless.
How do you do that?

R0G

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erdnase said:
Synchromesh said:
On a side note, the last thing Andy taught me just before we finished was how to change gear without touching the clutch. Not an AD technique I know, but insanely cool nonetheless.
How do you do that?
Matching speed and revs allows up and down changing of gears without using clutch

I often find that pausing in neutral for a second helps

to set off from a stop with no clutch - engine off, select first gear, turn key and release handbrake at same time - you're off

Bacon Is Proof

3,077 posts

117 months

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R0G said:
erdnase said:
Synchromesh said:
On a side note, the last thing Andy taught me just before we finished was how to change gear without touching the clutch. Not an AD technique I know, but insanely cool nonetheless.
How do you do that?
Matching speed and revs allows up and down changing of gears without using clutch

I often find that pausing in neutral for a second helps
If you are going to do it, I found it easiest going from 3rd to 4th (straight line and easier to let the revs fall slowly than to increase).
If you are used to your car you will probably already know instinctively how to match gears/revs, and will find it quite easy.
Different gearboxes might differ, but I've done it in Hondas, Fords, BMWs, Vauxhalls et cetera with no issue.

S. Gonzales Esq.

1,944 posts

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It's a technique that works particularly well in hired or loan cars.
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