Driving

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  1. Finch

    Finch Funnier in Enochian Super Moderator

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    Geez. :rolleyes: I can't believe people do that. (Well I can but I can't believe they have the nerve)

    I'm claiming injuries on the accident I had but that's because I really did get whiplash. :lol: If she hadn't been going 100km/h, I guess it wouldn't have been so bad. Funny thing was the clerk at the police station.

    Clerk: So was it over $1000 damage?
    Me: Er...Yeah about $30 000.

    About snow...Gosh, our roads are never cleared. They spray some sand but it just makes things worse. Last year we were trying to get out of the prison parkinglot (my mom works there) and we ended up going sideways all the way. Thank goodness we had a Suburban. :eek:
     
  2. Ducky

    Ducky Master of the Moos Moderator

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    ^I remember once when roads were on ice.. I mean there was sand, but it had rained and then got colder again and we still had our Opel Vectra (ok car) and I was driving probably lik 20km/h and taking my friend home. the damn car just didn't turn :lol: I just pushed the break and it stopped and we were middle of crossroad :lol: Thankfully it was late and I just reversed and turned the car :p

    One annoying thing on bit smaller roads is when it has snowed... and you drive.. and the truck that clears the roads is coming towards you. You just need to slow down and hope the snow on the side of the road won't catch you (because then you go and fast)

    It's really stupid that my dad hasn't still changed wintertyres :rolleyes: Roads can be slippery in the mornings - I mean I can understand it with the ones with the spikes (or whatever in English :p ) but our Honda has..friction ? tyres so it's not big deal
     
  3. nessy

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    I passed my test at 21 after taking my theory and practical tests twice. It ended up costing me about £700 as my lessons only cost £18 a time which is actually very cheap over here. Most now cost around £25 a time.
    I learnt on a manual as if you learn to drive on an automatic you can only drive an automatic after your test. If you learn on a manual you can drive either.
    I've now had my license for about 2 3/4 years with no penalty points and not yet had an accident. Unless you count me side swiping my garage as i drove in, denting the side of my car.
    Insurance hasn't really ever been too bad for me, probably as I've always had a small car and was 20 when I insured it to learn on which reduces the premiums.
    Petrol on the other hand costs about 95p a litre right now depending on where you go which might sound cheap but do the currency conversion and it may not be. I mostly walk everywhere as I live very close to work and town but I do own a car and drive it prob about once a week at the moment.
     
  4. June_85

    June_85 Lab Technician

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    We are never prepared for snow in this country. 99% of vehicles on the road are not equiped for any extreme change in weather. It does snow here, every year. But the country does come to a standstill if it gets to windy, or rains to much or snows to much. No one can get anywhere :rolleyes: and it is not safe to drive.


    I've never driven an automatic. I don't want to get used to an automatic and then if ever I have to switch back to a manual car it will be like learning again :lol:

    Petrol is a swizz though, you are lucky to if you find it for less than 98p a litre. More often than not I'm pay over a £1 :mad:
     
  5. grssom89

    grssom89 Pathologist

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    i passed my test 4 and a half weeks ago but seems longer and everythings goin great except i need to watch my speed lol my dad has an automatic but mines a manual. i drive a vlack renault clio 2002 i think and i love it!!!
    June 85 i agree the petrol prices are ridiculous!
     
  6. SandleDL

    SandleDL CSI Level One

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    I haven't had my tires changed yet, I know I ought to do that soon. It already freezes at night now, and in the morning it still is at about 0°C. That sucks - and I hate having to get rid of the ice on the windows in the morning! I remember the first winter with my car - I didn't have snowtires and hell, that was horrible! It's really scary if you turn the wheel and the car just won't turn round!
     
  7. nessy

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    It's absolutely freezing here right now and I'm walking everywhere instead of driving. Mostly cos I live fairly close to work and by the time I've de-iced the car and driven to work it's actually quicker to walk. Wrap up warm and it's not a problem.
    I never drive when it's been snowing, so I have absolutely no experience of snow weather. Fog I've driven in though and that can be very scary.
     
  8. BlueCurl

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    Snow is fun... I make sure I don;t get rushed while being in the car and drive. I've drivin in some snow the last lesoon before my exam. That was fun! The instructor actually went to an open piece of tarmac and let me glide a bit. And showed me how to stop in the snow. I don;t have winter tires. Kinda like all year round tires if they excist. I have no idea actually :lol:

    But here we have rain and wind and rain and rain and some sun. It does freezes in the winter but not beyond 10degrees Celsius usually.. and snow is very rare!
     
  9. PrettyEyes

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    I'm jealous of you all, because I've never driven in snow. Yes, I've driven in rain, sleet, hail and now ash and embers from the wildfires in southern California, but I've never driven in snow. My best friend moved to Chicago for a few years, and she said that people actually drove as fast or faster when it snowed. They never slowed down, and would honk their horns and become rage drivers at her when she would drive slowly and safely. :lol:

    I must share with you though, that a lot of people out here don't know how to drive in the rain. When it rains, they all speed up! Yeah, let's do 80 and hydroplane. Then we won't be able to control our cars, and we'll go slamming into each other! :rolleyes:
     
  10. poison girl

    poison girl Pathologist

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    I've driven in snow only once, to get to the snow because we're not used to see that amount of snow here. The car made a few stranges (I'm very intelligent not having anything to put on the tires to prepare them for the snow) and I decided to stop on the side of the road. It was with my old car, never been on snow with my new one.

    I'm used to drive with lots of water instead. I remember one night I coudln't even see due the amount of water on the road, and lots of wind, once I was driving on a roadway at 100 km/h and a big wind stopped all cars and me for more than 20km/h in a few seconds. Lucky us because it came from the front and not from the side.
     
  11. steph_r

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    Ah I love my little car (which is also amazingly still running). I was fortunate enough to have my parents fund all my driving lessons, first car, insurance etc back when I turned 17. And just a month after passing my test... I had my first little carpark bump (which believe me are the ones that happen the most!).

    Hmm I hate driving in the snow. I've never had any problems with it but, everytime I go out in it I have expect my car to just suddenly skid and slide all over the place!
     
  12. BlueCurl

    BlueCurl Pathologist

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    I never slow down for the rain. It rains to much for that! And I have never expirienced sliding because of it. Once I had a big pool of water on the road though. All the water slammed into my front window and I couldn't see for a while. That was spooky! But warning signals go on or the close the lanes if there are any large pool of water due to the rain

    How much km or miles do you guys make in a week driving?

    and when do you normally drive? in rush hour with high traffic or with less traffic? In or out of a big city?

    I drive about 400-450km (around 275 miles) on a average week. Half of it in evening rush hour traffic in a big city.. Half of it around a big city at night. And never in weekends. I hate driving in weekends.. :rolleyes:
     
  13. Ducky

    Ducky Master of the Moos Moderator

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    I'ver never thought of weekly driving... in a year some 15,000km
    and since here is no big cities around, on rural areas mostly and more during the weekends.

    Driving this time, I mean autumn - in the dark, is annoying because the damn elks.
     
  14. BlueCurl

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    an elk is a moose right? I still want to see one! When I was in northern finland I saw a lot of reindeers! and sheep! on the raod and stuff.. But I didn;t see any mooses :(

    That did scare the crap out of me! I wasn;t expecting any wildlife on the raod then! And once after a turn wham all reindeers on the road. I had to use the brake very hard!
     
  15. mimic

    mimic Hit and Run

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    Ha, me too and I'm only 21!

    I've been a licensed driver for almost five years now (scary thought). I've knocked the side mirror off twice but other than that no accidents or tickets. I don't drive that often now, just when I drive home or to Ann Arbor for a football game, or go grocery shopping.
     

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