User Tag List

+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 43

Thread: Driving?

  1. #11
    Points: 4,201, Level: 15
    Level completed: 31%, Points required for next Level: 349
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    1000 Experience Points1 year registered
    jigglepete's Avatar Senior Member
    Karma
    531
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Location
    Vermont
    Posts
    959
    Points
    4,201
    Level
    15
    Thanks Given
    143
    Thanked 521x in 382 Posts
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Adelaide View Post
    Whoa, that's an awesome idea. I was going to drive out to the Appalachian trail at some point, and I bet I could find some good country roads.

    I am really terrible at coasting and I overuse the break.
    Not just coasting but also utilizing the engine (shifting down even in an automatic D-1 through D-3) to slow/keep momentum...plus, it will save your breaks a lot of wear...

  2. The Following User Says Thank You to jigglepete For This Useful Post:

    Peter1469 (07-31-2019)

  3. #12
    Points: 66,144, Level: 62
    Level completed: 81%, Points required for next Level: 406
    Overall activity: 51.0%
    Achievements:
    Tagger First ClassSocial50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    stjames1_53's Avatar Senior Member
    Karma
    41343
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Posts
    24,192
    Points
    66,144
    Level
    62
    Thanks Given
    42,838
    Thanked 12,361x in 9,025 Posts
    Mentioned
    84 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by jigglepete View Post
    Not just coasting but also utilizing the engine (shifting down even in an automatic D-1 through D-3) to slow/keep momentum...plus, it will save your breaks a lot of wear...
    especially on long downhill roads............I wore out a new set of brakes travelling up and down the Smokies.
    Man, I miss my manual.................
    For waltky: http://quakes.globalincidentmap.com/
    "The Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools."
    - Thucydides

    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote" B. Franklin
    Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to stjames1_53 For This Useful Post:

    FindersKeepers (07-31-2019)

  5. #13
    Points: 8,841, Level: 22
    Level completed: 49%, Points required for next Level: 409
    Overall activity: 8.0%
    Achievements:
    1 year registered5000 Experience Points
    jet57's Avatar Senior Member
    Karma
    490
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Posts
    2,623
    Points
    8,841
    Level
    22
    Thanks Given
    394
    Thanked 480x in 365 Posts
    Mentioned
    37 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Adelaide View Post
    Seeking driving advice. Try not to be a douchebag.

    For various reasons, I did not get my learner's permit until the beginning of June this year. Because I am 29 I was able to undergo a certain amount of training and get a waiver for my full license without requiring a road test. This is all fantastic for administrative purposes and I was able to get my full license within a month of getting my learner's, but I still try to spend an hour or two practicing every day on roads around where I live. I am going to start going on longer trips (1-2 hours) to local sites in order to get used to driving on roads I am not familiar with, like maybe once a week. Also, I need to get used to longer drives.

    The highway doesn't really scare me, but I have a hard time especially at night. It feels like my brain is totally overloading. My driving instructor called me the "German driver" because I drove like I was on the autobahn, so, speed doesn't scare me. Also, this stupid place is permanently under construction and the highway doesn't have shoulders currently and it is not comfortable driving right next to a concrete barrier... But I avoid the highway. It doesn't help that I have no idea which highways are tolls and which are not (DC-area) so I always opt for the route without tolls and highways. I may get an EZ pass once I am further along.

    Any tips?
    Keep driving in areas that make you uncomfortable; it'll sharpen your skills and get you used to driving if foreign or stressed environments like cities and bad weather. As long as you have Google maps or something to that effect, don;t be afraid to take whatever turns: you should also be on highways and downtown somewhere... Night driving can be tiring because of the glare. Your peripheral vision is what you need to practice and don't look into on coming headlights: look at the shoulder and follow the white line as a car passes; you can see that oncoming car movements better that way. You sound determined, so you'll be fine.

  6. #14
    Points: 6,938, Level: 19
    Level completed: 84%, Points required for next Level: 112
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    10000 Experience PointsSocialVeteran
    NapRover's Avatar Senior Member
    Karma
    14705
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Posts
    1,937
    Points
    6,938
    Level
    19
    Thanks Given
    1,754
    Thanked 1,292x in 869 Posts
    Mentioned
    46 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Main advice is get the best defensive driving info you can. Always assume someone’s going to run a red light or a stop sign. Don’t get too anxious to pass. Keep 3-4-5 seconds between you and whatever you’re following (depending on speed).
    I drive 3-4K miles per month. Good luck, God bless!

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to NapRover For This Useful Post:

    FindersKeepers (07-31-2019)

  8. #15
    Points: 32,415, Level: 43
    Level completed: 98%, Points required for next Level: 35
    Overall activity: 31.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsSocialVeteran
    FindersKeepers's Avatar Senior Member
    Karma
    155755
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Posts
    11,027
    Points
    32,415
    Level
    43
    Thanks Given
    4,428
    Thanked 8,388x in 5,172 Posts
    Mentioned
    141 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My driving instructor taught us to imagine an invisible air cushion around our car that extended a few car lengths in front and in back. We were to always try to maintain this invisible bubble so as to be ready in an instant if we had to make a sudden driving correction.

    Also, on that shoulder-drop-off thing. Don't look at the edge of the road. Rather, focus your attention straight ahead somewhere a few feet above the middle of your lane.
    “I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men.”
    ~Leonardo da Vinci

  9. The Following User Says Thank You to FindersKeepers For This Useful Post:

    stjames1_53 (07-31-2019)

  10. #16
    Original Ranter
    Points: 280,278, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 39.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialRecommendation Second Class50000 Experience PointsOverdriveVeteranYour first Group
    Captain Obvious's Avatar Banned
    Karma
    771902
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Posts
    77,567
    Points
    280,278
    Level
    100
    Thanks Given
    27,983
    Thanked 38,046x in 25,821 Posts
    Mentioned
    994 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to Captain Obvious For This Useful Post:

    Adelaide (08-01-2019)

  12. #17

    tPF Moderator
    Points: 76,823, Level: 67
    Level completed: 60%, Points required for next Level: 927
    Overall activity: 48.0%
    Achievements:
    Recommendation Second ClassSocial50000 Experience PointsTagger First ClassYour first GroupVeteran
    DGUtley's Avatar tPF Moderator
    Karma
    169375
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    Northeast Ohio
    Posts
    18,718
    Points
    76,823
    Level
    67
    Thanks Given
    6,452
    Thanked 14,637x in 8,403 Posts
    Mentioned
    499 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Come to Ohio. The roads are pretty good.
    Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect. -- Woody Hayes​

  13. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to DGUtley For This Useful Post:

    Adelaide (08-01-2019),NapRover (07-31-2019),stjames1_53 (08-01-2019)

  14. #18
    Points: 3,857, Level: 14
    Level completed: 62%, Points required for next Level: 193
    Overall activity: 10.0%
    Achievements:
    3 months registered1000 Experience Points
    BenjaminO's Avatar Senior Member
    Karma
    386
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    Catoctin Mountain
    Posts
    1,517
    Points
    3,857
    Level
    14
    Thanks Given
    229
    Thanked 376x in 291 Posts
    Mentioned
    10 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Adelaide View Post
    Seeking driving advice. Try not to be a douchebag.

    For various reasons, I did not get my learner's permit until the beginning of June this year. Because I am 29 I was able to undergo a certain amount of training and get a waiver for my full license without requiring a road test. This is all fantastic for administrative purposes and I was able to get my full license within a month of getting my learner's, but I still try to spend an hour or two practicing every day on roads around where I live. I am going to start going on longer trips (1-2 hours) to local sites in order to get used to driving on roads I am not familiar with, like maybe once a week. Also, I need to get used to longer drives.

    The highway doesn't really scare me, but I have a hard time especially at night. It feels like my brain is totally overloading. My driving instructor called me the "German driver" because I drove like I was on the autobahn, so, speed doesn't scare me. Also, this stupid place is permanently under construction and the highway doesn't have shoulders currently and it is not comfortable driving right next to a concrete barrier... But I avoid the highway. It doesn't help that I have no idea which highways are tolls and which are not (DC-area) so I always opt for the route without tolls and highways. I may get an EZ pass once I am further along.

    Any tips?
    Just moved from Springfield 3 years ago up to North of Frederick.
    What a huge difference even though certain roads can come near sometimes to the mess in Springfield.
    Once you get north of 70 it's much much better. The country roads and roads through the mountains are peaceful and there's lots to see and do with limited traffic.
    Depending on where you are go west towards Front Royal. It's not too bad out that way either.

    As far as going into DC I'd advise against it for a while. Look at the bumpers and corner panels of most cars that go to into DC and you'll see scuff marks because there's lots of contact (literally) and they will just drive right off after they hit you. It's a rush. They will do anything to get around you even blasting on the right through empty parking places.
    And they aren't all very tolerant as you may be aware of the shooting in the 3rd Street tunnel the other day.
    Anyway, I'd suggest coming north. It's much better driving up here.
    Good luck.
    It's not the bridges burned that bother me but the ones that I never crossed

    SPEBSQSA Keep America Singing
    To know a person’s character, consider his friends.
    America: Diversity is our strength, Unity is our power.
    George Washington: "History and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government."

  15. The Following User Says Thank You to BenjaminO For This Useful Post:

    Adelaide (08-01-2019)

  16. #19
    Points: 20,201, Level: 34
    Level completed: 51%, Points required for next Level: 549
    Overall activity: 17.0%
    Achievements:
    Recommendation Second ClassVeteranSocial50000 Experience Points
    Beevee's Avatar Senior Member
    Karma
    58462
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Near Montreal, Canada
    Posts
    7,382
    Points
    20,201
    Level
    34
    Thanks Given
    24
    Thanked 1,461x in 1,164 Posts
    Mentioned
    58 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you are driving on a motorway, take the middle lane and drive at the maximum speed, but not over it.
    If any problem does arise, it's due to who is behind you, on either side. So, it wont be your fault.

  17. #20
    Points: 3,924, Level: 14
    Level completed: 75%, Points required for next Level: 126
    Overall activity: 12.0%
    Achievements:
    1000 Experience Points1 year registered
    zachroidott's Avatar Infracted Member
    Karma
    547
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    2,105
    Points
    3,924
    Level
    14
    Thanks Given
    76
    Thanked 538x in 438 Posts
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Adelaide View Post
    Seeking driving advice. Try not to be a douchebag.

    For various reasons, I did not get my learner's permit until the beginning of June this year. Because I am 29 I was able to undergo a certain amount of training and get a waiver for my full license without requiring a road test. This is all fantastic for administrative purposes and I was able to get my full license within a month of getting my learner's, but I still try to spend an hour or two practicing every day on roads around where I live. I am going to start going on longer trips (1-2 hours) to local sites in order to get used to driving on roads I am not familiar with, like maybe once a week. Also, I need to get used to longer drives.

    The highway doesn't really scare me, but I have a hard time especially at night. It feels like my brain is totally overloading. My driving instructor called me the "German driver" because I drove like I was on the autobahn, so, speed doesn't scare me. Also, this stupid place is permanently under construction and the highway doesn't have shoulders currently and it is not comfortable driving right next to a concrete barrier... But I avoid the highway. It doesn't help that I have no idea which highways are tolls and which are not (DC-area) so I always opt for the route without tolls and highways. I may get an EZ pass once I am further along.

    Any tips?
    Get an Uber or lyft. I’m 44. I’m so sick of driving in populated areas. It is constant fight or flight. Largely do to strangers possibly finger banging their phone at any given time, and also the increase in congestion. Sorry to be buzzkill. Congratulations on your new mobility.

+ Reply to Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts


Critical Acclaim
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO