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Are there any car drivers who are also cyclists?
« on: Sep 20, 2010, 16:38 »
I thought it was worth doing the theory test for Motorcylists. I'm finding it very useful. I also intend to do the car one (there's a couple of apps that you can download for the iPad for these, with the test laid out as it would be if you actually took it). That set me thinking, are there any drivers who cycle (and vice versa), and how did this change your attitude to the other mode of transport, if at all?

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Re: Are there any car drivers who are also cyclists?
« Reply #1 on: Sep 20, 2010, 16:54 »
Not exactly what you were asking. My attitude to bus drivers changed when I tool my PCV licence. I now know why they need so much room at give it to them

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Re: Are there any car drivers who are also cyclists?
« Reply #2 on: Sep 20, 2010, 16:59 »
Not exactly what you were asking. My attitude to bus drivers changed when I tool my PCV licence. I now know why they need so much room at give it to them

It's just as valid.

Myself and a bus driver passed each other three times this morning as I came through Aycliffe. He was stopping to pick people up, and I passed him at each stop, only for him to do the same before I reached the next one. We ended up grinning and waving at each other.  :)

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Re: Are there any car drivers who are also cyclists?
« Reply #3 on: Sep 20, 2010, 17:12 »
Are you going to try the hazard perception part as well or just the theory bit itself?
When you see the way car drivers are taught these days a lot of drivers are not prepared for winter driving or making sure they know what is around them.
These days you are told to use brakes to slow you down then get in the right gear for the speed, try that on ice or snow.
Also some instructors are telling their learners not to check over their shoulders but rely on their mirrors, just asking for problems, that check for motorcyclists is called a lifesaver and, in my view, is just as important for a car or van driver.

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Re: Are there any car drivers who are also cyclists?
« Reply #4 on: Sep 20, 2010, 19:27 »

When you see the way car drivers are taught these days a lot of drivers are not prepared for winter driving or making sure they know what is around them.

it's nothing new  :lol: Just a little reminder  :wink:
You had 10 lessons from August 19XX then took your test  - just how much practice did you get in the snow before you got your full licence?

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Re: Are there any car drivers who are also cyclists?
« Reply #5 on: Sep 20, 2010, 19:57 »
The 9th and 10th were the test and hour before the test but the difference was that we were taught from the start to control your speed using the engine and gears not to rely on the brakes.

We all had to learn to drive in winter but it helped being taught how to drive without touching the brakes at all.

Some of us also learnt quickly how to start a car and drive without using a clutch, good job for a strong starter motor. :-)


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Re: Are there any car drivers who are also cyclists?
« Reply #6 on: Sep 20, 2010, 21:09 »
I ain't cyclin' in no snow fools!  :lol:

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Re: Are there any car drivers who are also cyclists?
« Reply #7 on: Sep 20, 2010, 21:35 »
You mean you are a fair weather rider :-)

Back to the question, it would benefit all drivers to at leats have a go of driving other vehicles, that way we would be more aware of the problems they have. Ie how difficult it is for a HGV to see what is on its left, something that gets cyclists in trouble trying to undertake at traffic lights.

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Re: Are there any car drivers who are also cyclists?
« Reply #8 on: Sep 20, 2010, 22:21 »
You mean you are a fair weather rider :-)


Snow clogs mudguards and caliper brake pads, rendering brakes ineffective. As you know, this isn't a very clever situation to be in on a pushbike. I'll ride in any other weather but snow, so not quite fair weather only  

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Re: Are there any car drivers who are also cyclists?
« Reply #9 on: Sep 20, 2010, 22:37 »
Yep, I agree with that one, I prefer bike to car but use the car when we have snow or ice, although I did have to get it home from work last year with snow and ice on the roads when it was booked in to get a tyre done.
The main problem for me being the weight of it if it goes down, 310kg is heavy enough to pick back up in the dry but very tricky if your feet cannot get a grip :-)

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Re: Are there any car drivers who are also cyclists?
« Reply #10 on: Sep 20, 2010, 23:39 »
If i had disc brakes that would improve matters, but I haven't on this bike.

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