New driver comments/questions - smooth driving

New driver comments/questions - smooth driving

Author
Discussion

roadsmash

618 posts

8 months

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
Got to love PH.

OP “I’ve just passed my test.”

PH “don’t worry about the speedo it’s always wrong.”

Mr Tidy

7,366 posts

65 months

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
That is a very refreshing post - from someone who doesn't claim to be a powerfully built Company Director driving god. laugh

As someone already said, you have learnt to pass your test, but now you need to learn to drive!

Build up slowly, and if there is something you aren't comfortable with just don't do it! (I know that now, but it's way too late for me).

But at least your 1st car is a decent one - which should help, unlike the shed I started off with. rolleyes



















carinaman

13,134 posts

110 months

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
LordGrover said:
May be a great time to seek advanced/expert tuition with IAM, ROSPA or similar - before you build up the bad habits the rest of us have acquired.
I'd second that, though I did IAM about 5 years after passing my test. I think the OP would gain quite a bit more from a two hour session of assessment and instruction than hours of online posts though I've learnt something useful from this thread.


R0G

4,736 posts

93 months

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
Try this little game whilst driving - try not to brake or down shift to slow down but ease off the accelerator instead

This means you have to anticipate earlier and be in the appropriate gear

I play this game all the time

Johnnytheboy

17,263 posts

124 months

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
Speed limiter is ace for limits on motorways, especially average speed camera sections!


Advertisement

Haltamer

654 posts

18 months

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
roadsmash said:
Got to love PH.

OP “I’ve just passed my test.”

PH “don’t worry about the speedo it’s always wrong.”
That wasn't my intention, but it seems to be the way conversation has developed... rofl

Vanordinaire

3,540 posts

100 months

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
Same advice as is given to people falling into deep water. Give yourself a second or two to think before doing anything.
Just slow it down and stay calm. Most new/nervous drivers make things worse by trying to react too fast. Chill, and enjoy the driving experience. Don't ever feel pressured into doing something faster than you're comfortable with.
Do it slowly and right at first till it becomes instinctive then you'll start to speed up and flow naturally. One day you'll just suddenly notice you're driving like a god and doing everything perfectly, it's one of the best feelings ever, but don't try to rush it.

Baldchap

678 posts

30 months

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
Vanordinaire said:
One day you'll just suddenly notice you're driving like a god and doing everything perfectly, it's one of the best feelings ever, but don't try to rush it.
Without additional training this will never happen, though he might *think* it has. Years of doing something badly doesn't make you an expert.

OP. Get booked on a RoSPA or IAM course of you want your driving to improve.

TwigtheWonderkid

27,797 posts

88 months

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
COAST- Concentration, observation, anticipation, space and time. The first 3 take practice and experience, the last 2 anyone can do. If you do the last 2, you will have a far better chance of getting out of trouble caused by any shortcomings with the first 3.

otolith

36,608 posts

142 months

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
Pica-Pica said:
Be aware that the latest speedometers are actually quite accurate, perhaps displaying only one or two mph over the true road speed (they are not allowed to read under, of course)
I've had a car which clearly added a margin to the (digital) speed display - the number on the dash did not match the number reported on the OBD scanner!

foxbody-87

1,957 posts

104 months

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
roadsmash said:
Got to love PH.

OP “I’ve just passed my test.”

PH “don’t worry about the speedo it’s always wrong.”
hehe

Easy to say with 12 points to play with, OP only has 6 and an extended retest to contend with

markyb_lcy

Original Poster:

40 posts

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
TwigtheWonderkid said:
The fact that you realise your limitations probably makes you one of the safest drivers.

Being a safe driver has nothing to do with how good a driver you are, but it's about how good you are compared to how good you think you are.

Loads of people are a 6 or 7 but think they are a 9 or 10. They are the ones who will crash. You are probably a 2 and know you're a 2. On that basis, I'd rather be a passenger with you than with them.
I totally agree .. I already see drivers going for gaps and overtaking manoeuvres aggressively and then having to brake hard. Also, this reply made my day, so thanks for that!

markyb_lcy

Original Poster:

40 posts

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
Mr Tidy said:
That is a very refreshing post - from someone who doesn't claim to be a powerfully built Company Director driving god. laugh
Best/funniest part ... I am actually a Company Director biggrin

But yea ... I know I'm not a driving god (yet)!

roadsmash

618 posts

8 months

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
foxbody-87 said:
roadsmash said:
Got to love PH.

OP “I’ve just passed my test.”

PH “don’t worry about the speedo it’s always wrong.”
hehe

Easy to say with 12 points to play with, OP only has 6 and an extended retest to contend with
There wouldn’t be an extended test. Just a normal test for new drivers, they also have to apply for their provisional and do their theory again.

markyb_lcy

Original Poster:

40 posts

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
carinaman said:
I'd second that, though I did IAM about 5 years after passing my test. I think the OP would gain quite a bit more from a two hour session of assessment and instruction than hours of online posts though I've learnt something useful from this thread.
I'm definitely considering some advanced lessons. I think the standard test needs to be improved. At the very very least, to include both motorway and night driving. I think they're adding the first of those soon though.

markyb_lcy

Original Poster:

40 posts

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
Haltamer said:
That wasn't my intention, but it seems to be the way conversation has developed... rofl
This *is* PistonHeads ... I expected at least a little of this biggrin

markyb_lcy

Original Poster:

40 posts

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
Vanordinaire said:
Same advice as is given to people falling into deep water. Give yourself a second or two to think before doing anything.
Just slow it down and stay calm. Most new/nervous drivers make things worse by trying to react too fast. Chill, and enjoy the driving experience. Don't ever feel pressured into doing something faster than you're comfortable with.
Do it slowly and right at first till it becomes instinctive then you'll start to speed up and flow naturally. One day you'll just suddenly notice you're driving like a god and doing everything perfectly, it's one of the best feelings ever, but don't try to rush it.
Good advice this ... I've tried to mostly ignore (or get out of the way - safely) of aggressive drivers, tailgaters etc. Obviously you can't completely ignore someone that's 2 feet from your back bumper at 70mph, but what I mean is I'm not prepared to compromise my driving and safety of myself and others so one **** can get one car ahead and to work that tiny bit faster.

Blanchimont

3,606 posts

60 months

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
Smooth driving, to me, is about maintaining momentum.

If the light ahead has gone green, ease of the throttle so that you slow down as the cars pulling away start speeding up. This will also help save fuel too.
Always be looking further down the road, so be looking at the lights 500yrds down the road. What's the traffic level, are there pedestrians, are they about to press the button etc etc.

The same can be said for motorway driving too. If you see a lorry close behind another, move from L1 to L2 early and be prepared to move into L3 (Monitor L3 during this time) Then move back into L1.

The single biggest thing is practice, and admitting your mistakes. Everyone will get something wrong from time to time, pull out on a car going faster than expected, be in the wrong lane etc.

If you're in the wrong lane, don't stop and indicate and cause absolute chaos, just follow the flow of the lane you're in, turn around at a better point, whether it's a side road, junction or other roundabout and go back to where you started.
If you pull out infront of a car, always try to accelerate up to speed so that the car behind doesn't have to slow or alter course.


These will make you a generally smoother, better driver, on the roads.

I still do this now, recently on the motorway home from Shorpe I took a wrong motorway junction and ended up going 20 miles out of my way. a royal pita, yeah, but safer and less time consuming than being in an accident.

Haltamer

654 posts

18 months

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
Blanchimont said:
I still do this now, recently on the motorway home from Shorpe I took a wrong motorway junction and ended up going 20 miles out of my way. a royal pita, yeah, but safer and less time consuming than being in an accident.
Just reverse down the slip road, it's what all the kids are doing nowadays.

For Op, simply as a matter of interest, given your advanced years, have you gone with a regular, or a black box policy?

markyb_lcy

Original Poster:

40 posts

Tuesday 12th February
quotequote all
Haltamer said:
For Op, simply as a matter of interest, given your advanced years, have you gone with a regular, or a black box policy?
Insurance policy I guess you mean? I took a regular policy, its a 10month policy to gain 1yr NCB. Elephant are the provider. It was £830 but I was expecting a lot because a) new driver b) live in high crime area c) I have a dvla "notifiable" medical condition.

TBH after 37 years of having to listen to people moan about how much their cars cost them (all the while just being jealous that they owned and could drive a car) ... I was pretty well conditioned for being "stung"!

EDIT: I'm actually really quite conscious of my "data" in todays information climate. I'd be quite uneasy with a block box recoding my journeys.

Edited by markyb_lcy on Tuesday 12th February 14:19