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Re: Defensive driving (no audi content and too long, gee, will anyone read it?)
In message <199706190928.KAA04939@mailserver.nhm.ac.uk> firstname.lastname@example.org (Graham Thackrah) writes:
> As a result I find myself driving MUCH more
> defensively, looking as far down the motorway as possible, checking side
> junctions and generally being much more prepared to slow down or stop if
> conditions dictate.
BSM (British School of Motoring) do a half-day "Defensive Driving" course.
It's excellent, and some insurers will give a discount to people who've taken
it. Companies with fleets of cars can get _MAJOR_ discounts if every driver
completes the course.
I did it in 1988 - I found it very, very useful indeed. There's a lot of
trivial stuff, but it all makes sense.
Example: If you're turning across oncoming traffic (i.e., turning right in the
UK or left in the USA) and you have to wait in the centre of the road - keep
the front wheels pointing straight ahead until the moment that you actually
move into the turn. Reason: If some asshole piles into your back end, you'll
be pushed forward and not into the oncoming traffic - which you would be, if
you'd already turned the wheels ready to go.
Loads of stuff like that. Very useful.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club