Tell us your driving secret - it's safe with us

Tell us your driving secret - it's safe with us

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biggbn

15,116 posts

201 months

I love driving in bare feet when I go long distances, summer time only!!

Bannock

1,132 posts

11 months

What The Deuces said:
DuncanM said:
What The Deuces said:
I enjoy this immensely also.

I once drove from South Birmingham to Stoke via the shropshire a roads and managed 69.7mpg in a e91 320d.... miles above the official figures.
Nice, I've had 90mpg in a 208 1.6HDI as my best.

Hallmark of a good driver, but also a good test that the car is running well imo smile

I do also drive both my cars to 7krpm at times hehe
Its a great way of honing your anticipation so you're using the least amount of brake and throttle possible
EVs are great at teaching drivers these skills...angel

penguingeek

2 posts

20 months

I confess... I used to love the sound of the straight 6 in my Lexus IS200 with its smooth modified exhaust and induction kit and would tell people that my car ran on music which I was always playing... but now... I love driving in near silence and all that noise to go fast seems pathetic looking back. To accelerate brutally fast in an EV seemingly effortlessly is addictive and when cruising its so calming. I guess I'm an electrichead now.

DickyC

Original Poster:

43,505 posts

179 months

If the bend in the dual carriageway goes the correct way, I like to indicate and change lane by carrying straight on.* That's if I need to and as long as it doesn't annoy the bejayzus out of anyone. Hmm, so many variables. I hadn't realised.

Anyway, even more secret pleasure is gained by not hitting the catseyes while I'm doing it.

*I hope that's clear. Further explanation is available on request.

457892345

191 posts

57 months

DickyC said:
If the bend in the dual carriageway goes the correct way, I like to indicate and change lane by carrying straight on.* That's if I need to and as long as it doesn't annoy the bejayzus out of anyone. Hmm, so many variables. I hadn't realised.

Anyway, even more secret pleasure is gained by not hitting the catseyes while I'm doing it.

*I hope that's clear. Further explanation is available on request.
You mean you like to cross lanes to apex the corner/maximise corner speed when it's clear to?

Honestly I find that (even when staying in the fairly narrow single lanes we drive in most of the time and not maximizing road width of both lanes as its not always possible) that holding and improving on lines and determining the correct type of apex for the corner and such to be some of the only things you can do to break up the monotony of normal driving without going over the limit. Without this ive actually caught myself start to doze off if just going on a motorway behind a queue of cars at a constant speed for a long time. There's just nothing to "do".

Edited by 457892345 on Friday 23 September 11:27

UTH

5,010 posts

159 months

DickyC said:
Anyway, even more secret pleasure is gained by not hitting the catseyes while I'm doing it.

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Mmmmmm now we’re talking

Derventio

979 posts

79 months

markymarkthree said:
My favourite car that i have owned was a Montego Turbo 7-seater.yes
Fair enough. My Countryman Diesel was actually pretty damn good, now I come to think of it.

slopes

35,492 posts

168 months

Bobupndown said:
1. I don't like supercars, (except a Ferrari F40)

2. I prefere diesel cars to petrol.

3. I enjoy towing my caravan.

(Guess with those confessions my pistonheads membership is about to be terminated laugh)
Allow me to address your points if i may

1: Yep, agreed but instead of the F40 i'd like to substitue the 275GT/B 4 cam

2: i'm abivalent to be honest, i can see the merits of both

3: Yep, i enjoy towing ours, sedately trundling along watching all and sundry losing their minds trying to get past me while my blood pressure is keeping down and i can enjoy the countryside views rolling out in front of me.

donkmeister

5,634 posts

81 months

Super Sonic said:
donkmeister said:
But if you are undertaking an MLM, there is no-one in front of you... That's the point. thumbup
Noone in front of you? Rubbish! You're not looking far enough.
To put that quote back into context, it was in response to the following:

Super Sonic said:
MrGTI6 said:
I pass them on the inside and glare at them. They normally look really confused, though I suspect that's how a lane-hogger's face tends to rest.
I hope a nobody suddenly brakes in front of you while you're glaring.
If they are an MLMer then the next vehicle in L1 is several seconds in front at least. If you are caught out by someone braking many seconds in front of you, can I suggest that after handing in your licence for MLMing, you should then reapply for your licence and immediately hand it back in for lack of observation skills? biggrin

markymarkthree

1,470 posts

152 months

Derventio said:
markymarkthree said:
My favourite car that i have owned was a Montego Turbo 7-seater.yes
Fair enough. My Countryman Diesel was actually pretty damn good, now I come to think of it.
Mine was that good some facker stole it. furious So, i bought another. cool

Ziggycol

22 posts

33 months

Sometimes I tow a caravan and contrary to many peeps' opinions I am not the very incarnation of Beelzebub. And it's my justification to those SUV haters for running a 4.2 litre V8 diesel Cayenne smile

oldagepensioner

70 posts

9 months

LuS1fer said:
sidewinder500 said:
Had a Cactus as a rental in France, it was the perfect soothing companion, frugal, comfy, great!

Even wanted one at home, but Ms sidewinder said NO

Still secretly want one as a 'farmer's tool', never washed, low maintenance, scuffed and scratched, sometimes maybe
I haven't driven a Cactus but have driven a C4 and C3 and they were both fine, if lacking in charcater.

If you wanted a truly terrible Citroen, the old "egg" Picasso was woeful - the gearlever in the diesel may or may not have been connected to a gearbox, you just stirred it around. It drove like a pig.

I also can't stand convertibles. They seem to be driven by old posers who like to have a red forehead. It's a faff taking the hood down, keeping it clean and they always look worse than the saloon or coupe they are based on. I did have a Corvette with a removable targa roof - a much better solution.

Edited by LuS1fer on Thursday 22 September 11:51
If by egg you mean xsara picasso i have had a 1.6 petrol one of these since 2018 and it has proved to be excellent.Not a drivers car true what with the woolly gearshift and far from blistering performance but when your backseat passengers are often 6 foot plus and you need something that can quickly convert to a van with cavernous load space which because of the side and rear windows can still go to the tip it is ideal.

8bit

3,782 posts

136 months

I merge-in-turn correctly and I feel good about it.

And...

I really don't mind electric parking brakes.

DickyC

Original Poster:

43,505 posts

179 months

At traffic lights I count down to the green. Out loud.

Mostly i do this on my own. If any grandchildren are with me I can cheat by having either the green or the moment the car moves.

They are so impressed.

smile

They're not really. But occasionally they set uo a rival countdown. Journeys fly by.

Super Sonic

1,621 posts

35 months

donkmeister said:
If they are an MLMer then the next vehicle in L1 is several seconds in front at least. If you are caught out by someone braking many seconds in front of you, can I suggest that after handing in your licence for MLMing, you should then reapply for your licence and immediately hand it back in for lack of observation skills? biggrin
How far does a car travel in 'many seconds' at motorway speeds?
I'm not caught out by people many seconds in front of me because I'm not glaring at the person in the car in the next lane. The situation in front of you can change very quickly, and if the person in front has to brake suddenly, that 'several second' gap can reduce very quickly.
The person you are undertaking is probably oblivious anyway
ETA your defending staring at the driver of a cr you're overtaking, but criticizing MY observation skills?

Edited by Super Sonic on Saturday 24th September 18:45

Super Sonic

1,621 posts

35 months

donkmeister said:
If they are an MLMer then the next vehicle in L1 is several seconds in front at least. If you are caught out by someone braking many seconds in front of you, can I suggest that after handing in your licence for MLMing, you should then reapply for your licence and immediately hand it back in for lack of observation skills? biggrin
How far does a car travel in 'many seconds' at motorway speeds?
I'm not caught out by people many seconds in front of me because I'm not glaring at the person in the car in the next lane. The situation in front of you can change very quickly, and if the person in front has to brake suddenly, that 'several second' gap can reduce very quickly.
The person you are undertaking is probably oblivious anyway
ETA your defending staring at the driver of a car you're overtaking, but criticizing MY observation skills?

Edited by Super Sonic on Saturday 24th September 18:45

CPWilliams

215 posts

64 months

I had a go in a Jag i-Pace today and i thought it was probably the best car i've ever driven, all be it a' jacked-up coupe-SUV-EV'.

porsche9Martin

3 posts

23 months

Yesterday (10:00)
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45 years ago I used to help the milkman out on his round and lusted after some of the cars on peoples drives ( fast or gorgeous). I now have 5 cars, Boxster,rs6,Alfa gtv cup,156 v6 mr2 mk1 and love every one for different reasons ( mostly noise they make)
I can’t believe we will all be ‘helping the milkman out’ in our future cars.
This forum is called pistonheads not battery heads.
Probably not related to this thread but at least I’ve got it off my chest😳

gravitygravy

83 posts

17 months

Yesterday (11:00)
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I always try to stick to speed limits and my default speed on the motorway is 60mph.

Edited by gravitygravy on Sunday 25th September 11:03

Dr Jekyll

23,131 posts

242 months

Yesterday (13:06)
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I often feel more cheerful when I'm driving to work on Monday than when I'm driving home on Friday.

I'd rather it was Friday, and I'd rather be driving home than to work, but for some reason I feel more cheerful in myself. Something about the rejuvenating effect of the weekend I suppose.