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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by puglover, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. IglooDude

    IglooDude Enforcing Rule 34 Retired Moderator Supporter

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    Carlos (and others) are spot on about one item - teenagers think (and indeed are generally correct) that their reaction times are significantly better than their older-and-more-experienced driving counterparts, so they can drive faster, take bigger risks, etc. However, being able to react three-tenths of a second faster doesn't count for much when the more experienced driver has recognized the probability of an accident a solid two whole seconds before the teenager did.
     
  2. Leonel

    Leonel Breakfast Connoisseur

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    I also want to add a few things about taking the driven test. When crossing a railroad crossing, ALWAYS look left and right down the tracks. Even if the train signal isn't on and the tracks have been abandoned for 40 years, look left and right when crossing train tracks. You loose big points if you don't. Also physically look around you to see where cars are. Testers like it when they can see that you are being aware. Even if you already are aware, it doesn't hurt to put on a show for your tester.

    Oh and also if your car has air conditioning and it's a hot day, your tester will think better of you. ;) My tester was so happy that the car I was driving had air conditioning so it doesn't hurt to have that handy! :D
     
  3. farting bob

    farting bob ThEy MaDe Me Do iT.

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    Dont forget the bundle of cash on the passenger seat, that will always give you extra marks. :cool:
     
  4. Yaniv

    Yaniv Prince

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    Put away your copy of GTA until you learn how to drive
     
  5. Rambuchan

    Rambuchan The Funky President

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    This is exactly what I was going to say.
    :rotfl: This is such good advice! :goodjob:
     
  6. puglover

    puglover Disturber of Worldviews

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    I don't live on a farm actually. I live in Kansas City, which is actually a decent-sized city. A farmer's driving permit here in Kansas comes at 14 too.
     
  7. Dida

    Dida YHWH

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    What is difference between a farmer's driving permit and non-farmer's driving permit?
     
  8. Mise

    Mise isle of lucy

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    Actually, GTA 2 taught me how to do a number of maneuvers, e.g. 3-point turn and the reversey parky thingy (the one where you want to park on the side of the road between two cars). Unfortunately it totally messed me up on reverse bay parking (actually, I think I just sucked at that in general... I'd have thought GTA2 would've been good practice).
     
  9. Turner

    Turner Deity Retired Moderator

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    I knew that. ;) It has come up before. But the State of Kansas sets the rules, and the Urban areas have to follow them as well.

    Re: What lionel said....don't just do that during your driving test, do it all the time. I never cross railroad tracks without looking down them. The device that raises and lowers the arms is mechancial, and can break. Does it happen often? Nope, sure doesn't. But better to check, IMO.
     
  10. puglover

    puglover Disturber of Worldviews

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    Apparently if you live on a farm you can get your driver's license early. Maybe so the kids could drive the produce to town? :confused:
     
  11. Zelig

    Zelig Beep Boop

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    Yes, I agree completely here, this is always a good idea.

    When I did my drivers ed. course, it was $550 for 25 class hours and 8 driving hours, and it halved my insurance costs. ($400 savings in the first year)
     
  12. general_kill

    general_kill Deity

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    what the heck... 14!?!?!?! can you even see over the dashboard?
     
  13. Jerry Kraut

    Jerry Kraut Chieftain

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    Avoid to start in the third gear, use the clutch pedal gently to avoid unnecessary noise, and learn how to brake!
     
  14. AceChilla

    AceChilla Goedheiligman

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    If your on a highway watch as many cars as you can ahead of you. If they start to brake in front. Prepare to slam the brakes yourself.

    I almost crashed that way when all the cars ahead of me suddenly started braking hard and I wasn't paying much attention. That changed my mind about driving quite a bit, always hold your distance so that you know you can almost come to a full stop before hitting the guy in front.

    And I agree with the rest, once you learned the technique it seems simple. But then the learning is just starting young Padawan ;)
     
  15. Marla_Singer

    Marla_Singer United in diversity

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    Spend a year in Paris and you'll become a professional parker.
     
  16. AceChilla

    AceChilla Goedheiligman

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    I think he means without pushing the car in front of you away with your bumper. ;)
     
  17. BasketCase

    BasketCase Username sez it all

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    Friendly advice, Pug: BE CAREFUL for those first few days!

    The second day I had that precious piece of paper, I was peering too hard in my rear-view mirrors, and looked up again just in time to notice that I was sailing through an intersection on a red light. Thankfully only at 25 miles an hour, on a not-so-busy street, and with drivers who were actually paying attention, saw me coming, and stopped as I went plowing through the intersection. :eek:
     
  18. newfangle

    newfangle hates you.

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    2 months after I got my license when I was 17 I smashed my dad's vehicle. Now my insurance would cost 10K a year, whence I don't drive.
     
  19. Marla_Singer

    Marla_Singer United in diversity

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    If you don't push the car in front of you with your bumper, your car hasn't enough space to get parked. ;)
    But anyway, we are civilized even in Paris, we know how to do this gently in order to not damage the other vehicle.


    Talking about driving, I must say that Paris is nothing compared to Naples or Italy in general. The Italian way of driving is rather interesting.
     
  20. alphanav1

    alphanav1 Warlord

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    Learn how to spot cops so you don't get that many tickets.
     

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