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Do you think you are a good driver?
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Posted 8/25/10 , edited 8/25/10
I have been driving for a year now and have not been in a accident yet, So I hope that is a good sign for the future. I would like to learn how to drive a manual in the future however. Right now my parents have an old 1973 Super Beetle with a manual transmission in the garage. I am sure if I can master driving that, I can drive any car with a manual transmission.
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Posted 10/29/10
oh yeah. I passed Drivers Ed but I'm still terrible without a teacher. =\
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Posted 11/15/10
Manuveuring is the key to driving its not bout how fast ur going anybody can drive fast
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Posted 2/8/11

FroMann wrote:

I have been driving for a year now and have not been in a accident yet, So I hope that is a good sign for the future. I would like to learn how to drive a manual in the future however. Right now my parents have an old 1973 Super Beetle with a manual transmission in the garage. I am sure if I can master driving that, I can drive any car with a manual transmission.


You'd be right. The original Beetles are notoriously difficult to drive all in all. The Gearbox is a wonderfully durable thing but also something that's infuriating at other times. I don't get the problems you Americans have with manuals anyway, I suppose it is easy for me too say seeing as I've driven manuals all the time I've been driving. I'd hate too drive an automatic in your defence too...

Anyway, as seems to be the feeling with everyone in this thread. I feel I am an above average driver. Driving 3 years now, I've not yet had a crash and I've been honked at once. I've prevented countless crashes also where other drivers appear to be inept or just kamikaze.

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Posted 2/14/11

nechronius wrote:

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.


Haha 120 on the track makes you "Really, truly, honestly better than" most of us. Nada. If I am track driving I push closer to 140 mph. Also, just because you can go fast doesn't make you a "skilled" driver. Anyone and their mom can go over 100 mph. What makes you a "skilled" driver is being able to adapt to any situation in your car, meaning that you know the flow of your car well enough to know exactly how to react to anything that may come up. But its good to see that you're taking it to the track instead of on the roads.

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Posted 2/14/11
I'll spare you and quote just a single line.

"Yes, mashing the gas is the easiest part about driving a car."

If you have driven faster than I on a track then I'm jealous. If you truly are a better driver then I'm happy for you. Get over your ego and read the entire post without getting your hair up in a dander.
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Posted 2/21/11
Yeah, I am.

´cuz what make me think so ?

The three rulez, I made up :D

1st: A GOOD Driver knows HIS limits. The car may go 300km/h ... but you may not handle it. So, don´t go that fast
2nd: A GOOD driver knows the CARS limits. Front driven? Back driven? Quad driven ? At what state are the tires? The car itselfe? I MAY take that curve with 90km/h .... but the tires are worn out... so.... let me take 70km/h to make it sure... .

and the most important:

3rd: A GOOD DRIVER overviews potential dangers. Live is not a race. I might take that curve with 90km/h ... the car might take it at that speed. Though... it´s autumn. And there are wet leaves on the paveway. No good Idea. A good driver can see a dangerous situation, before it GETS dangerous and for he / she is prepared can overcome it.

If you are able to to handle each three points, you ARE a good driver. But if you failed to wage one in the right way... that might be your last mistake.
These three rules include everything. You might be Ralley champ. But if you overestimate the car, or underestimate your surrounding... you will crash for sure.
No pro-driver can handle a car, if he underestiment the pavement.
No pro-driver can handle a car, if he ist overestimating his / her cars possibilities.
No driver can regain controll of his car... if he , or she , is overestimating him/herself.

Just WATCH your way. FEEL your car and "listen" to what it says. And.... don´t play to much, you´ve only got ONE live.

And furthermore... YOU are responsible for your passengers. After beeing out... THEY are drunk. They call you a "pussy" for driving toooo slow ?
Well. Never mind. You might be SLOW. But YOU are the driver. YOU give the pace. And YOU are the one... to bring that idiots home SAFELY.

A GOOD driver.... knows allways how fast he / she can go.
A GOOD driver brings his load safely home.

Yeah. THAT´s a GOOD driver.
In 16 years, i´ve never had a crash... or a bump.
I´ve done 374.xxx km without a single scratch....

I might not have been the fastest. Sometimes I was lucky. But I always reached my destiny.... and .... my load also .
Robert Kubica... crashed TWO time the last 3 years. He earned millions for driving that fast... yeah. But it nearly made him onehanded. SO... WHO is the IDIOT ? And... who cares ?

Just get yourselves and your friends back home SAVE.

(and dont drink and drive... thats absolutly stupid..., for your can not wage any situation in the correct way anymore....)


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Posted 5/17/11
I drive better than most females.. but i suck at parking..
my eyes and brain are always seeking things/paths/etc. on/around the road. its wierd how some things show up in my line of sight in slow motion (prob too much partying. lol)

My best friend lived up on a canyon pass nearby school so i had to learn to drive my car in those canyons from 1997-2003. My mom suggested I take up some type of on-track activity or take up racing school. (The canyons became ridiculed with wannabe Initial D jokers that never put up enough of a fight.) So... 2002- Nov 2005 i got into HPDE (fast intermediate run group), legal drag racing and putting our cars in shows.. conveniently there were 1.5 hours of canyons going to the drag strip... the only real reason to go was for the canyons. <3

I've had the chance to ride and drive behind some amazing talented drivers. X3 downhill driving is my favorite usually following preferred. I don't have the ballz to be driving like that anymore though. i'd need to rub off some of the rust and spiderwebs off the car and get some more seat time in to get back up to where i was before.

i don't drive like a d-bag on the streets/freeway. I take it easy and keep it safe because I know everyone out there has families to get home to at night ... exceptions are that I still love blocking d-bag drivers all day long (me pretending to be clueless. lol. ).. and overtaking bunches of slow cars on cloverleaf onramps on the ouside lane with my slow daily drivers tires chirping all the way.. haha.

2 speeding tickets 10years ago + 1 wrong lane turn ticket + a whole handful of fix it tickets.
its good to get all that competitive driving out on the track though. *stares at indoor kart racing coupon again...


Posted 5/19/11
I am an incredible tokio dryfter doriftos. I am sponsored by weksos. I always doubluo clutcho downshiftoh vtechku desu deska des. here is a video of me drifting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huXKMhSjFT4

I also always tokio dryft near a primary school high on methamphetamine with a gram of blow and my sig sauer in my lap.

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Posted 5/21/11 , edited 5/21/11
I'm a decent wheelman, but I got nothing on this dude's mad off-road ninja skills.

http://www.streetfire.net/video/driver-escapes-jeep-rollover_2254620.htm#
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