Are You a One Handed Driver??

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Larrynwin, Feb 27, 2014.

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Do You Normally drive With One Hand On The Wheel ??

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Occasionally

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  1. Larrynwin

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    OK be honest when you were taught to drive it was two hands on the wheel at about ten to two (not the time):RollEyes:

    Are you now a one handed driver as many appear to be, if so would you be in control if you brushed the kerb or had a sudden tyre failure :Eeek:
     
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    yep, cos my knee under the wheel would stop it being pulled from my hand :Laughing:
     
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  3. ROB1CHELSEA1

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    eating my lunch would be impossible otherwise:RollEyes: only use knees when eating my yoghurt:Rofl1:
     
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    i was also taught, when turning, to slide/shuffle the wheel between hands.
    Now it is perfectly acceptable to cross hands over the wheel.
    I was taught to use the gearbox to slow down and brake to stop.
    Now its acceptable to brake to a standstill without changing down.
    I was taught to keep both hands on the wheel while twisting your neck like the girl in the exorcist to see out the rear window when reversing round a corner.
    Now its acceptable to steer with one hand while supporting your body with your other arm on the seatback or centre console.

    All the above are now allowed on a driving test

    Acceptable methods and standards change.
     
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  5. Dawn B

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  6. Larrynwin

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    Many many years ago when I used to smoke I could roll an Old Holburn while driving :Eeek::Eeek:barmy
     
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    Yoghurt: easy peasy, now watch me eat a bowl of corn-flakes with milk without spilling a drop, the knees give us a steadier ride than the hands ever did at ten to two...........:Rofl1:
     
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    the big change in steering techniques is power steering you couldnt drive my old talbot one handed under 20mph
     
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    Only when I am not texting:Rofl1:
     
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    I still can.....but i dont cos i use an electronic gasper :Rofl1:
     
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    stop at road junction look right look left look right again .if safe proceed .remember that .never see much of that today do you :cry: mind you i did pass my test 48 years ago :Eeek:
     
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    Every time I change gear.
     
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    er block changing whilst accelerating or slowing, one hand on the wheel tother on the gearshift. mind you i like a relaxed driving stance with my arm resting on the door whilst cruising leaving my other hand free to do whatever else i need to do.

    i dont hit kerbs and am confident my reflexes and strong hands could control the wheel if anything unexpected were to happen. years of experience behind the wheel for many many thousands of miles help too
     
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    nowhere near enough 'looks' in modern traffic.
    Im still looking both ways while carrying out the manouvere.

    Constant, and concentrated, vigilance is the only way to pull out
     
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    only when i have a can of beer in one hand:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Depends to some extent on the vehicle. In the van is both hands comfortably, except when changing gear. In Landrover, because of the position of the armrests it's more comfortable one handed so I sometimes do so.
     
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    arm rests....in a landrover :Eeek:
    My god....the last one i drove didnt even have a real seat, just a lump of black plastic covered foam on a metal tray. :Laughing:
     
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    Indeed. It was proven to be safer, as you can turn the wheel more quickly whilst maintaining full control. The original diktat was due to power steering being unusual and requiring great strength.

    In the past, brakes were poor and prone to fade, so needed to be conserved. These days brakes are effective, cheap and dissipate energy more quickly, whilst clutches, gearboxes and engines have become more expensive and harder to replace. It is far more sensible to use your brakes these days, rather than doing lots of gear changes and putting unnecessary revs on the engine. Of course, even more sensible still is to anticipate conditions and use neither brakes nor high engine revolutions where possible.

    In reality, this gives a much better view, so is a safer method than that previously taught.

    Which is good, as it provides safer and more economical motoring.
     
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    Indeed barmy, you should have smoked Golden Virginia:Laughing:
     
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  20. 1_man_and_his_dob(lo)

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    My driving instructor about 25 years ago told me to just use the brakes (and engine braking from the gear I was in) rather than slow through the gears, because "it's cheaper to replace the brakes rather than the gearbox" :BigGrin:

    Might explain why I warped so many front discs on my old AX :Blush:

    Now that I'm back to discs + drums on the Doblo, I'm actually using the gearbox again on occasions when it's loaded-up.
     
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