Town driving

Town driving

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tonyg58

Original Poster:

199 posts

166 months

Sunday 28th February
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I'm not sure if this is advanced driving or not, but with cars becoming increasingly sealed and also with music/phones etc, you are being cut off from outside.
So, in town i drive with my window open about an inch so i can hear a siren from further away and can try to figure out where is is coming from.
Is this worthy of discussion or is there any reason why i shouldn't do it?

CoreyDog

382 posts

57 months

Sunday 28th February
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Definitely a good habit to get into and does fall under advanced driving.

I was taught this on my first advanced course back in 2009 through the IAM but to do it at blind junctions as may give you a better indication if a car/motorbike/emergency vehicle was coming.

Wusss

20 posts

3 months

Tuesday 13th April
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As a bike (motorised) rider, I am grateful :-)
I never bother with windows down as such, though it's a good idea for reasons you said, but I don't have a stereo blaring either.
I don't like the safety aspects of all this driver cocooning at all, in any guise. But I'm terribly old fashioned, apparently.

darkblueturbo

105 posts

179 months

Tuesday 8th June
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One of many little phrases I remember from my old IAM observer… “when in town, windows down”

Jaguar99

214 posts

5 months

Tuesday 8th June
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I have never been told to do it but I nearly always drive my coach with the window down when driving round town. I don’t do it on m’ways or if it is really cold and wet but otherwise it it pretty much open all the time

I can’t really explain it but it does give some kind of extra connection to the outside world

Pica-Pica

8,423 posts

51 months

Wednesday 9th June
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When I am attempting to pull out of a junction in heavy traffic (especially to turn right), I nearly always wind the window down. With a clearer view of you, you then become a fellow motorist, and not just another car.

On the other hand there are certain areas where I have the windows shut - with the doors automatically locked.

Sherpa Kev

7 posts

37 months

Saturday 10th July
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darkblueturbo said:
One of many little phrases I remember from my old IAM observer… “when in town, windows down”
My IAM observer told me the exact same thing. I also open the windows when emerging from blind junctions. Not just in town, but it works great in the countryside as well when trying to exit an overgrown junction.

RichTT

1,299 posts

138 months

Saturday 10th July
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As a biker I'm used to being able to see and hear things more clearly than in the car. The missus gets annoyed that unless it's raining or I'm driving over 40 then I at least have the driver window partially down to hear better.

J__Wood

65 posts

28 months

Saturday 10th July
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Sherpa Kev said:
My IAM observer told me the exact same thing. I also open the windows when emerging from blind junctions. Not just in town, but it works great in the countryside as well when trying to exit an overgrown junction.
Too right, if you are driving in a Cornish lane you'll hear another vehicle in the lane or tractor pulling out of a blind field gate well before you will see them, an added layer of safety to being able to stop within the distance you can see.

coldclimate

25 posts

89 months

Thursday 15th July
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That's why I stick to the MX5 classic: #noRainNoRoof. Especially in town it's amazing how much it helps, and out and about you smell the trees etc etc.

Armchair_Expert

15,980 posts

173 months

Friday 16th July
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Any additional senses to navigate the road, or enhancement to existing sense, is a good thing. All about the taking, using and giving of information. Sense of smell can be useful too, bovine defecation, spilt fuel on the road, summer bin lorry waft e.t.c.

That said, I find myself frequently involved in a separate argument over wearing earphones on a pushbike. People try and argue that by doing so you are unable to hear what is behind you. However, I am able to see what is behind me and by constantly checking my shoulder / peripheral vision every few seconds that picture is updated regularly. More to the point though - at what point ever did a cyclist deduce by the sound of approaching traffic to the rear their exact position on the road? At what point did a cyclist ascertain the road position of a car by the sound of it's approach, and take avoiding action accordingly?

Then you have the fact that mostly all you can hear is wind noise past your ears as you cycle on at 20mph plus anyway.

On a motorbike, sound is significantly reduced by way of helmet insulation and engine noise - don't see people being pedantic about motorbikes though. And deaf people are able to drive / ride with no issue too.