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attym3

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7,259 posts

92 months

Friday 5th August 2011
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I saw a car with green L plates the other day. I know about the green P plate for recently passed, but not the L. Also it was on a sliproad to a motorway.

Mark

iva cosworth

31,515 posts

87 months

Friday 5th August 2011
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It means they are being taught to drive in an eco friendly way hehenono

attym3

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92 months

Friday 5th August 2011
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iva cosworth said:
It means they are being taught to drive in an eco friendly way hehenono
Brilliant!

martin84

5,366 posts

77 months

Friday 5th August 2011
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The Green L is the same as the Green P but the latter tends to be most common. I dont understand why somebody would want to use them though, some motorists give learners some pretty rough treatment for simple mistakes which if committed by anyone without L's they wouldnt beep at them. With no markings on your car nobody else knows how long you've been driving, which can be better.

simoid

16,029 posts

82 months

Friday 5th August 2011
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martin84 said:
The Green L is the same as the Green P but the latter tends to be most common. I dont understand why somebody would want to use them though, some motorists give learners some pretty rough treatment for simple mistakes which if committed by anyone without L's they wouldnt beep at them. With no markings on your car nobody else knows how long you've been driving, which can be better.
I'm sure this will have been done to death before.

Anyway, I see someone with green P/L plates as asking other road users for a bit of patience as they've just fluked a test pass. Nothing wrong with that, and anyone putting undue pressure on another roaduser is a wker.
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FreeLitres

5,235 posts

101 months

Friday 5th August 2011
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Word of warning - those magnetic L plates will not stick to a TVR.

martin84

5,366 posts

77 months

Friday 5th August 2011
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simoid said:
I'm sure this will have been done to death before.

Anyway, I see someone with green P/L plates as asking other road users for a bit of patience as they've just fluked a test pass. Nothing wrong with that, and anyone putting undue pressure on another roaduser is a wker.
Well thats just it really, if you'd just passed your test and were confident in your driving you'd go 'Green L's? Stuff that!' To me a Green L is 'Ive passed my driving test but im probably not very good at driving.'

The people who honk their horns at learners who stall at junctions etc are total wkers.

sebhaque

5,110 posts

105 months

Saturday 6th August 2011
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martin84 said:
Well thats just it really, if you'd just passed your test and were confident in your driving you'd go 'Green L's? Stuff that!' To me a Green L is 'Ive passed my driving test but im probably not very good at driving.'

The people who honk their horns at learners who stall at junctions etc are total wkers.
I feel a certain warmness from giving learners a lot of room. No, I don't piss myself. Just feels nice to go against the stigma of "sports car, wker driver who wants to go quick" that learners seem to have. I remember being traumatised in a 3-cylinder Yaris with an M3 wanting to make decent progress on the road I was blocking him on, and I'd imagine a good few learners feel the same way when they see a VX behind them. I let them take their time, the instructors are generally switched on and 90% of the time will get off the main road if they see a queue/hoonigan behind them.

martin84

5,366 posts

77 months

Saturday 6th August 2011
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sebhaque said:
I feel a certain warmness from giving learners a lot of room. No, I don't piss myself. Just feels nice to go against the stigma of "sports car, wker driver who wants to go quick" that learners seem to have. I remember being traumatised in a 3-cylinder Yaris with an M3 wanting to make decent progress on the road I was blocking him on, and I'd imagine a good few learners feel the same way when they see a VX behind them. I let them take their time, the instructors are generally switched on and 90% of the time will get off the main road if they see a queue/hoonigan behind them.
I remember being in a Pug 206 as my learner car on my second lesson and i was travelling down quite a wide road at 30mph, perfectly legal, making good progress then some blonde bh in a silver Mercedes overtook me, beeping as she roared off doing 50 odd in the 30 limit. My instructor leant over and pressed the horn, he was not a happy bunny.

Couple of months ago i was going round a roundabout behind a learner, not in a learner car or anything it was a normal car with L's and typical of a learner in the early stages had no lane discipline and wandered slowly across and blocked off some tt in a Golf who was going too fast anyway, beeped at them, gave a hand signal and flew off. It held him up by about 3 seconds, big deal.

I still think learning in unmarked cars would be an interesting experiment. tts tend to not get the 'im better than you' bullish attitude with a full licence holder and wont give them the abuse a learner would get for the same mistake.

sebhaque

5,110 posts

105 months

Saturday 6th August 2011
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martin84 said:
I still think learning in unmarked cars would be an interesting experiment. tts tend to not get the 'im better than you' bullish attitude with a full licence holder and wont give them the abuse a learner would get for the same mistake.
The way some people drive round here, I wouldn't be surprised if the learners are some of the better drivers on the roads hehe

martin84

5,366 posts

77 months

Saturday 6th August 2011
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Speaking of the perception of cars, i was looking into purchasing a used BMW 6 series recently but slightly put off by how i know everybody will then hate me, even more than usual! LOL And chances of not getting maliciously dinged in car parks would be minimal.

simoid

16,029 posts

82 months

Saturday 6th August 2011
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martin84 said:
I still think learning in unmarked cars would be an interesting experiment. tts tend to not get the 'im better than you' bullish attitude with a full licence holder and wont give them the abuse a learner would get for the same mistake.
tts will be tts smile