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Old 16 September 2012, 16:00   #1
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Trailer driving lesson

Having read loads of forum posts, asked loads of different people, got loads of different/answers responses I decided to air on the side of caution and sign up to do my trailer driving test (cat B).
I did my test in Ireland in 1993 but didn't switch to a uk license until 1999 hence have no trailer towing entitlement on my license. Wasn't worried with the last boat but with the new one being that bit bigger I thought better safe than sorry.
Anyways.... First lesson was this morning, and boy was it a sobering experience..... I actually thought I was a decent driver, and not too bad at towing. I have towed quite a few boats, often tow trailers/boats at work and was brought up on a farm working with tractors/trailers since a young age!
How wrong I was.....
> I don't use my mirrors enough
> I don't look at mirrors before signalling
> I don't slow down early enough at roundabouts/junctions etc
> I don't pay enough attention to the speed limit signs
> I keep too far out towards the middle of the road
> I don't read the road ahead well enough

And that was before we started the trailer exercises!
> took me four attempts to reverse the trailer into the 'box' at the circuit!!!! (your not allowed to open the door to look aft which is how I usually do it when launching the boat!)
>. Use too much wheel
> I try to reverse too quickly

All in all, in truth, I found it quite a demoralising hour..... As my instructor pointed out 'it's harder to drive correctly than it is to drive!'

No doubt there will be benefits, I was undoubtably quite a complacent driver, 19 years of learning bad habits so perhaps a few lessons not such a bad thing!

Bit of practice this week and hopefully next lesson goes better..... Mirror signal mirror..............
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Old 16 September 2012, 16:25   #2
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Its amazing how bad we are at driving, even those who drive well, I did the speed awareness thing and it was quite wake up call.
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Old 16 September 2012, 20:56   #3
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Lorry drivers are OK they have 38 tons to protect them, where as Bikers are a sight more squishy


The scariest thing for me is drivers not looking/signalling before manoeuvring.

I am 20 stone, wear a black/flouro jacket on my 60"chest frame, have a fluro helmet on,one of ride on the physically biggest bikes on the road, which is yellow, headlight always on(hard wired). However I still get "sorry mate i didn't see you", when idiots pull out on me from junctions or either, don't indicate before changing lanes , or put the indicator on as they turn the wheel.

Some people need need to be reminded that driving is not a passive activity, and sitting behind the wheel need some degree of attention displayed.

Whilst I know , understand and drive to the risks on the road, what chance do the drivers who don't see me have at seeing a child crossing the road?
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Bikers are another kettle of fish altogether, I live on the A272 and it's not uncommon to see bikes going over 100 mph on a clear Sunday morning - the noise is incredible and quite often followed by a fresh bunch of flowers on a Monday morning. Not all bikers are hooligans and it's a small minority that give everyone a bad name, bit like lorries only the other way round
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TBH those bikers are a self fulfilling prophecy, ride like that, die; problem solved.

As long as they don't take any one else with them
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As for cyclists, well they are just a menace!

They seem to believe they can break all the laws of the roads, and accuse car drivers of not following them!
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... bikes going over 100 mph on a clear Sunday morning - the noise is incredible and quite often followed by a fresh bunch of flowers on a Monday morning.
I think that is what they mean by the Great (Motor)Cycle of Life
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Bikers are another kettle of fish altogether, I live on the A272 and it's not uncommon to see bikes going over 100 mph on a clear Sunday morning
Some were clocked on the A272 near my parents (Petworth) @ 176 mph a couple of years ago.
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Some were clocked on the A272 near my parents (Petworth) @ 176 mph a couple of years ago.
And I bet those are the same ones that call car drivers 'inconsiderate'.

Daft/stupid members of all road users are out there . If only people could just be more relaxed and consider others persectives .....I'll keep dreaming....
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