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Reg Local

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Tuesday 26th May
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Thanks Ali. I’ve just arranged to meet up with a manual M2 Comp owner later in June to make a video comparing the two gearboxes, so hopefully you’ll find that interesting.

In the meantime, I’ve made some new bike videos - here’s the first, an advanced bike demo ride. This is the edited version, but I’ll upload the full length unedited version in a few weeks time:

https://youtu.be/Vk4wu671mGI

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Max_Torque

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176 months

Tuesday 9th June
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^^ really good video!

Be interested to know your opinion on blanket 20 limits? IMO, they don't work because 20 is so slow in a modern car in normal circumstances (ie typical area that used to be 30) that people don't do 20, ok, they don't do 30 either, but they are exceeding the limit, which further re-enforces in their head that it's "ok" to speed. (a bit like being able to do 85 on the M-Way, so effectively re-enforcing the normality of breaking the posted limit)

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Tuesday 9th June
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Max_Torque said:
^^ really good video!

Be interested to know your opinion on blanket 20 limits? IMO, they don't work because 20 is so slow in a modern car in normal circumstances (ie typical area that used to be 30) that people don't do 20, ok, they don't do 30 either, but they are exceeding the limit, which further re-enforces in their head that it's "ok" to speed. (a bit like being able to do 85 on the M-Way, so effectively re-enforcing the normality of breaking the posted limit)
I live on a small housing estate on a road which loops round for about a mile from a main road. It’s a bus route with two primary and one secondary school, and lined with houses, driveways & the occasional shop.

The speed limit has always been 30mph on my road, and for good reason. As you can imagine, there are lots of cars parked on the road, loads of pedestrians, kids, cyclists, people queuing for buses, dogs etc. A classic 30mph road.

But a majority of drivers consistently failed to recognise the hazards & drove in excess of the 30 limit. 40 was pretty much the speed most drivers would be comfortable with, despite everything thats going on, night & day. There were a few accidents every year - usually child pedestrians. These are always horrible.

2 years ago, the Council dropped the speed limit to 20mph. It’s well signed, with plenty of repeaters.

Now, everyone drives at 30mph.

I’m much happier with that. 30 still suits the road & hazards, but 20 feels excessively slow. I tend to drive close to 20mph and I think I’m pretty much the only one who does, but the overall effect of the 20 limit has been to bring the speed of traffic down to where it should be for that road.

And accidents have reduced significantly. Those accidents which do occur now tend to be much less serious, so it’s had the desired effect. Seems difficult to argue with in my view.

Max_Torque

15,856 posts

176 months

Wednesday 10th June
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Reg Local said:
I live on a small housing estate on a road which loops round for about a mile from a main road. It’s a bus route with two primary and one secondary school, and lined with houses, driveways & the occasional shop.

The speed limit has always been 30mph on my road, and for good reason. As you can imagine, there are lots of cars parked on the road, loads of pedestrians, kids, cyclists, people queuing for buses, dogs etc. A classic 30mph road.

But a majority of drivers consistently failed to recognise the hazards & drove in excess of the 30 limit. 40 was pretty much the speed most drivers would be comfortable with, despite everything thats going on, night & day. There were a few accidents every year - usually child pedestrians. These are always horrible.

2 years ago, the Council dropped the speed limit to 20mph. It’s well signed, with plenty of repeaters.

Now, everyone drives at 30mph.

I’m much happier with that. 30 still suits the road & hazards, but 20 feels excessively slow. I tend to drive close to 20mph and I think I’m pretty much the only one who does, but the overall effect of the 20 limit has been to bring the speed of traffic down to where it should be for that road.

And accidents have reduced significantly. Those accidents which do occur now tend to be much less serious, so it’s had the desired effect. Seems difficult to argue with in my view.
I am the same, in a blanket 20 mph limit around "My" estate. But for the most part, the roads around the perifery, which back onto fields are also 20, and nobody, not even the police in fully marked cars do 20 on that bit. The problem is that people are getting used to exceeding the speed limit, and so how do we now sign REALLY important places to go slow where it matters, ie where you can't speed?

Len Woodman

144 posts

72 months

Thursday 11th June
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Reg Local said:
I live on a small housing estate on a road which loops round for about a mile from a main road. It’s a bus route with two primary and one secondary school, and lined with houses, driveways & the occasional shop.

The speed limit has always been 30mph on my road, and for good reason. As you can imagine, there are lots of cars parked on the road, loads of pedestrians, kids, cyclists, people queuing for buses, dogs etc. A classic 30mph road.

But a majority of drivers consistently failed to recognise the hazards & drove in excess of the 30 limit. 40 was pretty much the speed most drivers would be comfortable with, despite everything thats going on, night & day. There were a few accidents every year - usually child pedestrians. These are always horrible.

2 years ago, the Council dropped the speed limit to 20mph. It’s well signed, with plenty of repeaters.

Now, everyone drives at 30mph.

I’m much happier with that. 30 still suits the road & hazards, but 20 feels excessively slow. I tend to drive close to 20mph and I think I’m pretty much the only one who does, but the overall effect of the 20 limit has been to bring the speed of traffic down to where it should be for that road.

And accidents have reduced significantly. Those accidents which do occur now tend to be much less serious, so it’s had the desired effect. Seems difficult to argue with in my view.
In the 1970s the UK was getting more friendly with Europe and many European towns had a 60 km/h (37 mph) speed limit often rigourously enforced by expensive police units. There were calls to increase the UK urban speed limit to the European level. A White Paper was published called, 'What Speed'. It reviewed urban speed limits and the conclusion was, at that time, that 37 mph was about average for most UK towns - but the government didn't want to spend out on enforcement. Answer was to maintain the 30 mph urban limit and most drivers would drive at the speed Europeans were forced to drive at.

Generally lowering speed limits lowers speeds, but not to the new limit, unless it is strongly enforced. Verified by Reg's street!

Reg Local

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167 months

Saturday 13th June
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5 Tips to Stop You From Having an Accident:

https://youtu.be/-yJLv0MK_MU

Reg Local

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Tuesday 16th June
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5 Tips For Driving Fast, Safely

https://youtu.be/UqyO2AGf2ug

Reg Local

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167 months

Sunday 21st June
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5 Tips to Improve Your Cornering:

https://youtu.be/VFxSVl3wLVQ

Reg Local

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167 months

Tuesday 23rd June
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M2 Competition, Manual or M-DCT, which is best?

https://youtu.be/BD630v5Uv0E

Max_Torque

15,856 posts

176 months

Tuesday 23rd June
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Reg Local said:
M2 Competition, Manual or M-DCT, which is best?

https://youtu.be/BD630v5Uv0E
I would have been interested to hear your Friends opinion on the DCT as well!

Reg Local

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167 months

Tuesday 23rd June
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Max_Torque said:
I would have been interested to hear your Friends opinion on the DCT as well!
He’s a little camera shy, but his previous car was an M4 with the DCT & his opinion was pretty much the same as mine.

RonaldMcDonaldAteMyCat

9,093 posts

54 months

Tuesday 23rd June
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What surprised me about the DCT in the M3 was how good it was as an automatic. I came from the ZF auto in the 140 and the DCT never felt rough by comparison. Low speed manoeuvrability was nice and easy, too.

Think overall I preferred using the gearstick to the wheel pedals to change if I was in manual mode and on a flowing road, but I did chop and change a bit on tighter roads.

Reg- can't remember whether I used the manual mode when we went out. Think I did but wouldn't swear to it.

Z064life

1,916 posts

207 months

Saturday 11th July
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I've really enjoyed these videos. There's so much great content and wisdom. Even though I've done one advanced driving course and will be doing more, some of the fundamental concepts (like vehicle balance) I'm aware of but it's great to see this in action (I've read your books). And there's lots more good content I've yet to watch.

EG on a single track road while I'd not bomb it down, the idea to stop in half the distance you see is easily forgotten and great wisdom. In that vid there was an oncoming car and the gap closed quickly despite the sensible speeds. Any faster would be a problem!


I'd love to see a video on spatial awareness, e.g. driving on tight single lane country roads where there's trees sticking out, etc.

These vids have also made me appreciate that advanced driving isn't about going as fast as possible but also about doing the same (or more) with less input.

I'd stress that when offsiding I would indicate and check my rear view mirrors because if there's a bike behind you, he or she may have the same idea (and being as small and quick as they are), they could get in your blindspot. I'm glad you also mentioned that just because a light is green does not mean you should check the road you are crossing, as I have seen near hospitals, there can be emergency vehicles on lights that won't be stopping, as you said!

Edited by Z064life on Saturday 11th July 11:12

Blakewater

3,594 posts

116 months

Tuesday 21st July
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Reg Local said:
Max_Torque said:
^^ really good video!

Be interested to know your opinion on blanket 20 limits? IMO, they don't work because 20 is so slow in a modern car in normal circumstances (ie typical area that used to be 30) that people don't do 20, ok, they don't do 30 either, but they are exceeding the limit, which further re-enforces in their head that it's "ok" to speed. (a bit like being able to do 85 on the M-Way, so effectively re-enforcing the normality of breaking the posted limit)
I live on a small housing estate on a road which loops round for about a mile from a main road. It’s a bus route with two primary and one secondary school, and lined with houses, driveways & the occasional shop.

The speed limit has always been 30mph on my road, and for good reason. As you can imagine, there are lots of cars parked on the road, loads of pedestrians, kids, cyclists, people queuing for buses, dogs etc. A classic 30mph road.

But a majority of drivers consistently failed to recognise the hazards & drove in excess of the 30 limit. 40 was pretty much the speed most drivers would be comfortable with, despite everything thats going on, night & day. There were a few accidents every year - usually child pedestrians. These are always horrible.

2 years ago, the Council dropped the speed limit to 20mph. It’s well signed, with plenty of repeaters.

Now, everyone drives at 30mph.

I’m much happier with that. 30 still suits the road & hazards, but 20 feels excessively slow. I tend to drive close to 20mph and I think I’m pretty much the only one who does, but the overall effect of the 20 limit has been to bring the speed of traffic down to where it should be for that road.

And accidents have reduced significantly. Those accidents which do occur now tend to be much less serious, so it’s had the desired effect. Seems difficult to argue with in my view.
I've got no desire to hoon around housing estates, but a lot of roads that have always been NSL have had their limits reduced to 50mph, 40mph or even 30mph which can feel very slow for them. So roads which you said could perhaps be taken at over the NSL because 60mph had never been set as a specific limit for them now have red ringed limits. Usually because of people carelessly hooning or being careless in some other way. Or to some extent there just seems to be a fashion for setting low limits, as even new major roads are often less than NSL now.

Amounderness Way in Fleetwood is a bypass road built wide and straight for overtaking, but is now 30mph and 40mph limits, apparently because of people colliding with cyclists at the roundabouts.

The A59 past BAE systems at Samlesbury was in one of your original overtaking videos, but is now a 50mph limit because of a few accidents and some new and upgraded junctions with the site of the aerodrome.

https://www.google.com/maps/@53.9142093,-3.0196405...

Do you feel that speed limit reductions are generally justified where they occur, or do you think it tends to be an easy way for local authorities and the Highways Agency to be seen to be dealing with a problem, or a perception of a problem, with poor driving from a minority of people using a road?


mph999

2,481 posts

179 months

Saturday 25th July
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Reg Local said:
Do you feel that speed limit reductions are generally justified where they occur, or do you think it tends to be an easy way for local authorities and the Highways Agency to be seen to be dealing with a problem, or a perception of a problem, with poor driving from a minority of people using a road?
Often, the latter.

A road just outside Guildford was dropped from national, following a fatal. The car was driven by a foreign driver and if I recall correctly, was on the wrong side of the road, head on into a grab lorry - nothing to do with speed.

A proposed change to a limit just near me, the reason given was a girl in a cycle lane had for whatever reason put her foot outside the line and (her foot) was run over ... nothing to do with speed. Further, it is a busy road, although she was accompanied by a parent, she was only 8 - shouldn’t have even been on the road IMHO.

Interestingly, whenever I’ve done driving day with x company the instructor, who have all been either a serving or retired police driver, has always explained that when safe, in national limits only, they want to see some progress - we all know what that means. One of them, was a serving instructor from Hendon - so I have a serving officer at the side of me telling me to exceed the speed limit, very clearly speed doesn’t kill ...

Obviously, speed affects the consequences of an accident, but I truly believe it isn’t the main cause in the majority of cases - meaning even if the speed had been reduced the accident would have still occurred.

Years ago I was driving past a school, loads of kids about, and, for this reason my speed was somewhere around 10 mph. One of them either stumbled or was pushed into the road at a point where I would have been unable to stop even at such a low speed. The reason I missed them was because I had positioned the car on the other side of the road away from them.



Edited by mph999 on Saturday 25th July 08:06

Blakewater

3,594 posts

116 months

Sunday 26th July
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mph999 said:
Often, the latter.

A road just outside Guildford was dropped from national, following a fatal. The car was driven by a foreign driver and if I recall correctly, was on the wrong side of the road, head on into a grab lorry - nothing to do with speed.

A proposed change to a limit just near me, the reason given was a girl in a cycle lane had for whatever reason put her foot outside the line and (her foot) was run over ... nothing to do with speed. Further, it is a busy road, although she was accompanied by a parent, she was only 8 - shouldn’t have even been on the road IMHO.

Interestingly, whenever I’ve done driving day with x company the instructor, who have all been either a serving or retired police driver, has always explained that when safe, in national limits only, they want to see some progress - we all know what that means. One of them, was a serving instructor from Hendon - so I have a serving officer at the side of me telling me to exceed the speed limit, very clearly speed doesn’t kill ...

Obviously, speed affects the consequences of an accident, but I truly believe it isn’t the main cause in the majority of cases - meaning even if the speed had been reduced the accident would have still occurred.

Years ago I was driving past a school, loads of kids about, and, for this reason my speed was somewhere around 10 mph. One of them either stumbled or was pushed into the road at a point where I would have been unable to stop even at such a low speed. The reason I missed them was because I had positioned the car on the other side of the road away from them.



Edited by mph999 on Saturday 25th July 08:06
If you disagree with the proposed speed limit reduction, you and other people with similar thoughts need to respond to the consultation with your opinions. Local authorities often consult to ignore but enough people challenging them with a well constructed argument might make them realise motorists who want to get a reasonable shift on aren't swivel eyed boy racers or a breed apart from normal people.

The trouble is, organisations such as the IAM don't want to challenge accepted narrative and Government belief too much. The ABD doesn't seem to have anybody capable of putting forward a reasoned, coherent argument. The people running their social media accounts tend to come across as angry people who probably are dangerous on the road and they make the cyclists and Karens who want endless restrictions seem relatively rational.

Reg Local

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Monday 10th August
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Max_Torque

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176 months

Wednesday 12th August
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Interesting video Reg, but then perhaps i would say that :-)

It's so dififcult to convey how a car "feels" in response to a driver input, but i think you did a good job of showing the definite benefits of the technique

gdaybruce

725 posts

184 months

Thursday 13th August
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I once attended a one day course with the late, great Pentti Airikkala on left foot braking. Pentti was mostly concerned with balancing the car and practising with him on a disused airfiled was great fun. However, he also emphasised the additional margin of safety if you are covering the brake pedal with your left foot when approaching a hazard. In fact not long after this I was doing exactly that when approaching a blind corner and found a Panda car (of all things!) coming towards me on the wrong side of the road, overtaking a bicycle. My speed was probably about 20mph but with my left foot covering the brake pedal, my stop felt instantaneous. The fact that the engine stalled (I was in a manual) was irrelevant in the circumstances.

These days I like to use left foot braking every now and then to make sure I still can and I will still cover the brake pedal with my left foot if approaching a limited visibility hazard. One more tool in the box!