Reg's Youtube thread

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caziques

1,955 posts

129 months

Monday 7th November 2016
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Specific offence, 75 quid fine and 20 points (out of 100) on your driving licence.

Never been caught myself.

Had a two week stint back in blighty recently, the overall standard of driving in the UK is considerably higher than NZ.

Blakewater

3,610 posts

118 months

Monday 7th November 2016
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The rules are set to pander to, or defend against, the weak minded rather than effort being made to improve standards.

The junction where Reg filmed the aftermath of an accident is now set to have a roundabout built. It's being made part of a deal with house builders getting planning permission for a housing development nearby.

http://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/news/14845953...__one_of_the_most_dangerous_in_the_country__to_get_new_roundabout/#comments-anchor

It's yet another stretch of road that's the most dangerous in the country according to hysterical types and of course there are always those in the comments calling for more speed cameras as the great salvation.

Len Woodman

144 posts

74 months

Tuesday 15th November 2016
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Can still enjoy yourself - I did 1,000 kms in two days on North Island at the beginning of October.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTop8l12BwA


Also note that signals are mandatory when overtaking and returning to left. Same as Australia.

Note the poor position of the GoPro - the cheaper camera on the bumper died!

Drivers in NZ better than New South Wales, in general!

Reg Local

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2,553 posts

169 months

Friday 2nd December 2016
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Latest video is now available - Advanced Demonstration drive:

https://youtu.be/iMamqeEN0yc

welsh blackbird

672 posts

205 months

Friday 2nd December 2016
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Reg Local said:
Latest video is now available - Advanced Demonstration drive:

https://youtu.be/iMamqeEN0yc
The intro reminds me of Twin Peaks!

TheExcession

11,669 posts

211 months

Sunday 4th December 2016
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Reg Local said:
Latest video is now available - Advanced Demonstration drive:

https://youtu.be/iMamqeEN0yc
Good stuff Reg, that's a really useful video to present to a learner, very calm, very relaxed, indeed a this is what you should be doing commentary.

I have one question though, probably at retard level. At a stop, or queuing in a line of traffic on the approach to a junction. How long should you sit there with the clutch depressed and the car in firts gear?

I'm a big fan of handbrake on, selecting neutral, foot off the clutch and then prepping for the next move.

Prepping meaning, that the car is not ready to move, but you are.

Is it acceptable to sit there in first gear with the clutch peddle depressed?



Reg Local

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2,553 posts

169 months

Sunday 4th December 2016
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TheExcession said:
Reg Local said:
Latest video is now available - Advanced Demonstration drive:

https://youtu.be/iMamqeEN0yc
Good stuff Reg, that's a really useful video to present to a learner, very calm, very relaxed, indeed a this is what you should be doing commentary.

I have one question though, probably at retard level. At a stop, or queuing in a line of traffic on the approach to a junction. How long should you sit there with the clutch depressed and the car in firts gear?

I'm a big fan of handbrake on, selecting neutral, foot off the clutch and then prepping for the next move.

Prepping meaning, that the car is not ready to move, but you are.

Is it acceptable to sit there in first gear with the clutch peddle depressed?
As a rule of thumb, I generally advise that you can roll to a stop on the brakes and then take first gear ready to go if you're likely to move off again straight away, but if you're going to be stationary for more than 3 seconds, you should go handbrake-neutral.

There is no massive problem with sitting in 1st gear, clutch down and waiting to go, but there are 3 potential issues. The first is that you're putting the clutch release mechanism under slightly more strain than you would if you waited in neutral. The second is that a slip off the clutch would result in a lurch forward which wouldn't happen in neutral and the third is that you won't get full advantage of the stop-start system if your car is so equipped (and if such things bother you).

So my advice is to go handbrake-neutral until the point where you anticipate you'll be about to move off, then take first gear and wait on the handbrake ready to go.


CABC

3,883 posts

62 months

Monday 5th December 2016
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caziques said:
Just been watching the "cornering" video on you tube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJgll4p9QJc

Just a warning to anyone thinking of driving like this in New Zealand, you will be banned from driving if caught.

Crossing the centre line without reason (such as overtaking or turning) is an offence - and five of them is a ban.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/canterbury/9...

You have been warned.
I'm in NZ atm and I can appreciate why. Roads here are completely different. There are no switchbacks, but instead are lots and lots of flowing bends, often with elevation changes and thus hidden dips. Not a good place for Lotus (even Porsche), more a GT or old V8. Mustang country I think. Although very few nice cars here, except several McClarens on tour around Qtown.

TheExcession

11,669 posts

211 months

Monday 5th December 2016
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Reg Local said:
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As a rule of thumb, I generally advise that you can roll to a stop on the brakes and then take first gear ready to go if you're likely to move off again straight away, but if you're going to be stationary for more than 3 seconds, you should go handbrake-neutral.
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Thanks Reg, I really appreciate you taking time to post up your videos and answering these questions.

You're advice above is spot on with my technique and what I've been teaching.

TartanPaint

1,843 posts

100 months

Monday 5th December 2016
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Reg Local said:
TheExcession said:
Is it acceptable to sit there in first gear with the clutch peddle depressed?
As a rule of thumb, I generally advise that you can roll to a stop on the brakes and then take first gear ready to go if you're likely to move off again straight away, but if you're going to be stationary for more than 3 seconds, you should go handbrake-neutral.

There is no massive problem with sitting in 1st gear, clutch down and waiting to go, but there are 3 potential issues. The first is that you're putting the clutch release mechanism under slightly more strain than you would if you waited in neutral. The second is that a slip off the clutch would result in a lurch forward which wouldn't happen in neutral and the third is that you won't get full advantage of the stop-start system if your car is so equipped (and if such things bother you).

So my advice is to go handbrake-neutral until the point where you anticipate you'll be about to move off, then take first gear and wait on the handbrake ready to go.
Reg,
Thanks for the vid, and the rest on the channel. I enjoy it a lot, and have an alert for new vidoes. I don't mind a few youtube adverts either, if that helps you buy a GoPro now and again.

The 3-4 second guideline for handbrake-neutral has a couple of interesting effects not mentioned above. Yes, there's clutch wear and stop-start, all good, but that's not the reasoning that really hit home for me.

1) Often, if you've decided you're going to be stationary for a few seconds or more, then there's probably something in your path that you don't want to tangle with. Either moving traffic if you're at a T-junction or roundabout, or pedestrians on a crossing. Whatever it is, it's probably the reason you're stopped in the first place, and if it wasn't there you wouldn't be stopped. You mentioned that handbrake-neutral protects you from the slipping clutch-foot lurching you forward into crashy things or squishy people, but there's another angle: Having the handbrake on protects you from being shunted from behind by somebody else into that dangerous position. I trust the drivers behind far less than I trust my own clutch foot!

So, I don't think so much in terms of how long I'll be stopped, but what the guy behind is doing, and the guy behind him, and so on depending on the speed of the approaching traffic, and whether a car length or two in front of me is a place I want to find myself parked, rubbing my whiplashed neck. Also, a runnaway HGV even 10 cars back might still have enough momentum to shove me forward. If I'm really unsure, I might even use handbrake, footbrake and leave the car in gear, as the driven wheels are then locked if I do get hit, but I'm inventing really, really extreme cases now. The point is that my primary reasoning and awareness around this thinking is not "how long will I be here?", but "what's going on behind?" Handbrake-neutral for me is sort of an extension to the "keeping your wheels straight when waiting to turn right" idea. I use it when I really don't want to be wherever I'd get shoved to!

2) Inversely, if I'm a few cars back at a roundabout or crossing, not the first car waiting to go, and there are less than a few cars behind me, I might leave myself a bit more space up front, and NOT put the handbrake on, until I'm sure that there's little risk from a rear-shunt from the guy approaching who hasn't spotted that traffic has stopped. Even if we're sat there for ages, I'll leave the car in gear and handbrake off. That way if I do get a shunt, more engery is dissipated by moving my car forwards and then me hitting the guy ahead, meaning a little less goes into my neck. I think this contradicts some of the things I've heard others say about using the handbrake to make sure you DON'T get shoved into the car in front. I actually consider being shoved into the car in front quite a good option for energy dissipation. I don't see it as my job to protect their paintwork, but to mimimise the overall effects of rear smash. Secondary to this, if you do decide to go handbrake-neutral, then still keep your foot on the brake pedal to keep those brakelights on as a warning, until you're not the last guy in the queue any more. So, handbrake-neutral shouldn't always mean off the brake pedal too.

I prefer to think in these sort of terms than clutch wear and fuel economy. Those are secondary benefits, IMO, and yet are the ones most commonly cited. In my most humble opinion, considering rear impact shows there's a little more method to our madness.







pim

2,344 posts

85 months

Friday 30th December 2016
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You sound a bit paranoid about a rear shunt.I understand in bad weather conditions fog etc.To put handbrake on plus foot on the brake regarding brake lights.

Protect yourself at all times but you can't live in fear.Just my humble opinion.

p1esk

4,907 posts

157 months

Saturday 31st December 2016
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TheExcession said:
Reg Local said:
Latest video is now available - Advanced Demonstration drive:

https://youtu.be/iMamqeEN0yc
Good stuff Reg, that's a really useful video to present to a learner, very calm, very relaxed, indeed a this is what you should be doing commentary.

I have one question though, probably at retard level. At a stop, or queuing in a line of traffic on the approach to a junction. How long should you sit there with the clutch depressed and the car in firts gear?

I'm a big fan of handbrake on, selecting neutral, foot off the clutch and then prepping for the next move.

Prepping meaning, that the car is not ready to move, but you are.

Is it acceptable to sit there in first gear with the clutch peddle depressed?
It seemed acceptable to a guy I met a few years ago. I'd delivered a new vehicle to a place in Manchester, and was supposed to pick up another vehicle to take back to Wetherby. However, my return vehicle was at another site a short distance away so somebody had to drive me over there to collect it, but before we set off the driver's colleague had to nip back into the office to find some keys. We sat in the car waiting, with the engine idling, first gear engaged, and the clutch pedal depressed - for ten minutes before we got under way!

Reg's three seconds gets my vote.

Best wishes all,
Dave.

Reg Local

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2,553 posts

169 months

Sunday 12th February 2017
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Just uploaded my latest video. For the past week, my mate Andy and I have been in Siberia having a few driving adventures, so I've got loads of stuff to upload over the next few weeks. This is just a short introduction.

https://youtu.be/NAcSClLgvik

greygoose

6,357 posts

156 months

Monday 13th February 2017
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Reg Local said:
Just uploaded my latest video. For the past week, my mate Andy and I have been in Siberia having a few driving adventures, so I've got loads of stuff to upload over the next few weeks. This is just a short introduction.

https://youtu.be/NAcSClLgvik
Looks an interesting trip, how much was travel insurance when you said you were going for a driving holiday to Russia?! Is that Andy with the fastest three wheeled Scenic at Llandow?

Reg Local

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2,553 posts

169 months

Monday 13th February 2017
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greygoose said:
Looks an interesting trip, how much was travel insurance when you said you were going for a driving holiday to Russia?! Is that Andy with the fastest three wheeled Scenic at Llandow?
Got a hire car with all the optional insurances, just in case. I also opted for the cheapest, crappiest hire car possible, in anticipation of minor indiscretions on frozen roads surrounded by Russians. As it turned out, if you adopt a non-involvement policy & give everybody else priority, the local driving standards aren't all that bad.

And yes, that's the same Daft Andy:


TheExcession

11,669 posts

211 months

Monday 13th February 2017
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Reg Local said:
Just uploaded my latest video. For the past week, my mate Andy and I have been in Siberia having a few driving adventures, so I've got loads of stuff to upload over the next few weeks. This is just a short introduction.

https://youtu.be/NAcSClLgvik
Superb!

I was in Sweden about ten years ago (how cold was it in Siberia? - we were down to -27) working with the WRC and I couldn't believe the amount of grip you got from a hire car with studded tyres. (We were also assembling timing kit inside the car with the heater on full because the moment you stepped outside everything froze, mainly fingers and noses).

Reg, I always had you down as more of a Ray Mears than a Bear Gryls type in terms of the 'Road Survivalist' stakes. hehe

For you the next stop is surely the Discovery Channel? Heck, if Todd Hoffman can make it?

There are way too many fix-up/restore/SOS/build/customise car programs on the TV, yet not a single one on how to actually drive these things.

You're advice has been paramount in me adjusting my driving techniques over the years, especially with trying to help learners. Helping learners makes you incredibly critical of your own driving decisions.

A wider TV audience might not be a bad move.

Go for it Reg - contact the Discovery Channel and see if they'll take it on.

I'm really looking forward to seeing your up coming vids.

ian in lancs

3,568 posts

159 months

Monday 13th February 2017
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great stuff sir!

Blakewater

3,610 posts

118 months

Monday 13th February 2017
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We have shows where guys prat around with cars in different places but it would be far more useful to society to combine that kind of entertainment with actually teaching people how to drive cars.

A show on television would be the best thing but going into schools, colleges and universities running fun courses on advanced driving skills would be a good idea.

Young people either see driving as a means to an end and fifth on their list of things to think about doing when behind the wheel or they think driving like idiots is cool. Of course, even the most diligent driver probably hasn't got any more than the most basic skills to pass a test. Show young drivers you can drive safely and still have fun and not drive like a granny would be hugely beneficial to the young drivers themselves and everyone they share the roads with and hopefully move us away from the basic "Speed kills" mindset which is instilled as a very basic way to try and minimise the damage people do.

greygoose

6,357 posts

156 months

Tuesday 14th February 2017
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Reg Local said:
greygoose said:
Looks an interesting trip, how much was travel insurance when you said you were going for a driving holiday to Russia?! Is that Andy with the fastest three wheeled Scenic at Llandow?
Got a hire car with all the optional insurances, just in case. I also opted for the cheapest, crappiest hire car possible, in anticipation of minor indiscretions on frozen roads surrounded by Russians. As it turned out, if you adopt a non-involvement policy & give everybody else priority, the local driving standards aren't all that bad.

And yes, that's the same Daft Andy:

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What sort of car was the hire car? Seems to be a gulf on Russian videos between knackered Ladas and big SUVs smashing into one another with not much in between.

Reg Local

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2,553 posts

169 months

Wednesday 15th February 2017
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First full Siberian video: "Driving in Siberia Part 1 - City Driving"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYGkxSYBHrg