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|Posted on May 22, 2013 at 8:34 PM||comments (34)|
As summer approaches there aren't necessary the same hazards there are in winter, but there are hazards just the same.
There's no point saying to a Police officer you hit the cyclists off their bike because you couldn't see them because of the sun! I assure the Police officer will not be impress. So therefore a setting sun in your eyes while driving is a huge problem and not many drivers think to slow down because they can't see what's ahead because of the sun.
Another big hazard is after a long period of dry weather and it rains, can it can cause you skid as though you are on ice. This isn't necessary caused by aquaplaning, where there is a lot of water on the road and effectively your car has lost contact with the road. This is why you have tread on your tyres. The excess water goes into the tread and is then pushed out as the wheel turns. The faster you go the less likely the tyres will be able to get rid of the water and your car will have a cushion of water between the road and the tyre. So car will be floating causing you to be unable to steer or brake. This might be only for a second and what drivers tend to do is turn the steering wheel rapidly from side to side and then get contact with the road with steering on, causing the car to go very quickly in the wrong direction.
What you should with any surface water is slow down. If you feel that the steering wheel has gone light, immediately come off the gas and try to steer the car into the direction you need to go.
The problem of having a long period of dry weather and it rains is that the dust from the tyres hasn't washed away and has been building up. So therefore when it rains the tyre dust causes the road to become oily making slippery to drive on. Therefore you need to slow down while its wet to try stop you from skidding.
|Posted on March 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM||comments (32)|
I collected my new car DS3 Citreon. Early days yet at the moment I'm very please with it.
I spent the evening going through the manual, only to find on Saturday morning that my new car didn't have the most of the extra features in the manual. But does have a speed limiter and cruise control, neither can be used on UK car test .
So far all my students have enjoyed driving it.
|Posted on February 14, 2013 at 9:36 PM||comments (20)|
Another way to save on fuel is to make sure that your tyres are at the correct tyre pressures. In very cold weather your tyre pressure will reduce because of the cold causing more tyre contact with the road, not only wears your tyres down on the outer rim, but as the tyre has more contact with the road, will cause the car to use more fuel to frive it along. Under inflated tyres will also cause your braking to change. Does anyone know if the braking distance is longer or shorter?
|Posted on February 8, 2013 at 7:22 PM||comments (14)|
Just recently on the the News they are saying that once again the price of fuel was increasing. Did you know you can save on fuel just by sticking to the speed limits? When I drive the car my fuel consumption is 52-54 mpg. When I my husband drives the car the fuel consumption is 46mpg. My fuel consumption is better because I stick to the speed limits and added bonus is I'm not likely to get a speeding ticket!
|Posted on December 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM||comments (23)|
Did anyone see TV programme War on the Roads, regarding cyclists and motor vehicles sharing the same space on the road how it often ended in conflict between the cyclists and the motor driver and the cyclist could often prove that the motor driver was in the wrong as they wearing camras recording any incidents.
I certainly teach my pupils to be very aware of cyclists, but cyclists don't always follow the rules of the road! As same as some motor drivers and if a cyclists does make a mistake it isn't a good enough reason to kill them for it.
Here are some tips to follow as motor driver:-
Motor drivers should always at 'T' junctions and roundabouts, make sure they have look left and right as much as necessary but at least twice in both directions, as motorbikes and cyclists are harder to see.
Stay behind the cyclist when approaching a junction or a roundabout. and on the roundabout as you never really know what direction a cyclists is going. I've known cyclists to turn right at a roundabout from the outside of the roundabout.
Motor drivers should always give as much room as the would give a vehicles and give more space when its windy, when overtaking.
Always check your side mirrors before turning left or right, before moving out left and right. This a life saver check to make sure your not going to turn into a path of a cyclists.
Beaware as the programme pointed out that cyclists can now travel very easily up to 30mph, making sometimes very hard to see them especially when you are in slow moving traffic.
Here is some tips for cyclists:-
Cyclists should slow down in heavey traffic the same as motor drivers do, and think ahead, ask themselves can the motordriver see them?
Make sure they arn't following in the motordrivers blind spots.
Don't travel up the lefthandside or the righthand side when the motor vehicles are indicating left or right, because the drivers are going to turn at some point and they may have not seen you.
Has anybody else has any more tips?
|Posted on November 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM||comments (9)|
Cold weather is on its way. Make sure your car windows are clear of frost before driving off, including your side mirrors. It won't help you if you tell Police Officer after hitting a cyclist or a pedrestion, it was becasue you couldn't see.
Be aware of black ice on unsalted roads. Remember you can't see black ice, but a indication might be that you feel the steering wheel feels lighter to turn, which means you should keep your speed down. Over the years I've seen many cars overturned, usually in a ditch and through the hedge and in a field due to black Ice.
As the weather is colder, check the air in your tyres, you could find they might need topping up. Correct amount of air in the tyres will mean you will save on fuel cost as well.
Has anybody else have any useful tips aswell?
|Posted on November 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM||comments (15)|
I'm starting to look for a new car. My current faithfull Nissan Micra doesn't owe me anything having just completed 98000 miles, but it won't last forever and there signs now deteroration, I had to replace the battery today as it was the very first time in five years I got into the car and it wouldn't start.
I'm not sure which new car to buy. I would have a another Micra, but the manufacturers have bought out a new model and its reported not to be as good as the old.
My husband wants us to have a Mini. I'm sure that you students would like it, I'm sure it would be easy to drive like the Micra, but its very expensive to buy and you don't get much for your money. Also its very small, you can't get 1, let alone 2 suitcases in the boot. Another thing is high cost to maintain, you only get 45 miles to the gallon, Micra is 55 miles to gallon and petrol is on increase all the time. Certainly not likely to go down in price by huge amounts. My father has a Mini which has only done 60000 miles and it needs a new gear box!
The car I would like is Citron DS3. Its smart, a little bigger than the Micra, which means it has a boot that will hold 2 suitcases. Low running costs up 80 miles per gallon. Does anyone know any known faults on DS3 Citron?
|Posted on October 30, 2012 at 8:38 PM||comments (29)|
|Posted on October 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM||comments (9)|
There is a lot of wet leaves now on the road. Remember braking on wet leaves is the same as braking on black ice. So lower your speed and brake very gentally to try and advoid skidding.
|Posted on October 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM||comments (5)|
Autumn is here and there's a lot of mud on the small country roads especially if you live around Ely in the fens.
Be a safe driver and try and avoid an accident, when you see mud on the road , especially when it's wet, slow down, try not to brake too hard especially around corners, to try and avoid the car skidding.
Also leave a 10 second gap between you and the car in front as it will take 10 times longer to stop on mud than would do normally and dry roads.