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Do you think you are a good driver?
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Posted 12/21/09
Some people think that they are a good driver because they drive fast. They think they are really cool. Do you think you are a good driver? Can you parallel park a car in one shot with only 8 inch space in front and in back? Have you ever gotten a moving violation?
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Posted 12/21/09
Nope... never been behind the wheel of a car!
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25 / M / Phoenix
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Posted 12/21/09
yeah im good and i can parallel park pretty good ^^ ive been driving for two years and no tickets hahaha ^^ yes i go over speed limit xD
Posted 12/21/09
Driving fast is easy. Just press the gas pedal.

Most of the time, I avoid parallel parking. I have problems with depth perception. I'm near-sighted.
Moving violation? I never have one so far. Never been caught yet. ;P
Parking violation? Yes. Once.
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Posted 12/21/09
I am, but my lack of a car kind of defeats the purpose.
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Posted 12/21/09
Well... I could drive the car when I first time went behind the wheel.
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Posted 12/21/09 , edited 12/21/09
Car section
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumcategory-14/cars/

never behind the wheel
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Posted 12/21/09
A good driver is not always about driving fast.
Its more of how aware you are when it comes to your ability to steer, park, move around cars without hitting it or misjudging distance. Its important that you can anticipate other cars' sudden careless moves.

The drivers that just speed through intersections "think" they are cool by mashing on the gas...but really, they are reckless.
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Posted 12/21/09
Forgot to mention that i never had any moving violations or driving infractions. But i did get pulled over for some of the mods on my car that the officers were questioning about...
Posted 12/21/09
Um, well I first started driving a few weeks ago and I thought I did pretty good, but I'm terrible at parking. Just terrible. I've never gotten a moving violation or any tickets for that matter.
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Posted 12/23/09 , edited 12/23/09
I think one of the criteria to being a good driver is being able to drive a manual transmission :P

Oh, I still can't park even if my life depended on it (well, in 1 try anyways). Other than that, I do fine. I don't drift out of my lane like some automatic-driving cell-phoned idiots without bluetooth...


I know some basics to drive fast, and I know most of the stuff to drive in traffic.
Posted 12/23/09
As far as car control goes I am amazing. Obeying traffic laws, not so much.
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Posted 12/24/09
I can hold my own. I'd like to think I'm better than the average cat.
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Posted 12/28/09 , edited 12/28/09
I've driven on a track upwards of 190 kph (~120 mph for you non-metric types) in my daily work commute car (light suspension tune for track use) on several occasions for the purpose of knowing my car better and to learn my own limits. That makes me,

1. Really, truly, honestly better than most of you.
2. Really, truly, honestly not nearly as good as the instructors or the track warriors. Not even close.


Having said that, a skilled driver does not always mean a good driver. A good driver is not only in tune with their own vehicle but also has a clear awareness of what is going on around them so as to avoid trouble as much as possible and to inconvenience other drivers as little as possible. Some occasions that means driving the speed limit, on others it means exceeding it or driving well under it.

Yes, mashing the gas is the easiest part about driving a car. It's all the rest of the details that make you an actual good driver, even if you can't afford the Time and money to spend driving on a track.

And for crying out loud, keep the #1 (left) lane for passing.
Posted 12/29/09
I have an SCCA national license, I've competed in various forms road racing from shifter karts, sports cars, to open wheel and I've been hired by the SCCA and NASA to instruct. I could have been working for Skip Barber but I've made the switch to stock cars and my schedule really wouldn't allow it, plus I follow the logic that "Those who can do, and those who can't teach." I hardly think just doing 120mph on a track once or twice and testing your limits on the streets by doing so makes you a great driver. It depends on the car and on the track the overall top speed is almost irrelevant if you dont know how to brake properly and maintain speed. We tested at Darlington Speedway in an ARCA car just a few weeks ago and anyone could have gone out there and doggy paddled through the corners then jumped on the gas on the straights and hit 150+, but keeping the car on the limit all the way through the corner without backing out and running quick lap times is another story. I digress though, as I think this thread is about being a good (polite) driver on the streets.
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