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#1 10-10-09 21:04:33

vickyb17uk
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Few questions.....?

Hi all

Have been out tonight private practice and sat at some red traffic lights, clutch down, in gear handbrake on, for a couple of minutes waiting for lights to change, what i would like to know is, is this ok while on test or should i have taken out of gear?

thanks

vicky

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10-10-09 21:04:33

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#2 10-10-09 23:57:48

mouldy
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Re: Few questions.....?

My instructor told me to stay in gear with the clutch in. So yes!

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#3 11-10-09 11:42:11

Spike
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Re: Few questions.....?

Pefectly acceptable, so long as the car is secure - i.e. with the handbrake applied, which you've said you were already doing

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#4 11-10-09 12:45:33

Aspyre
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Re: Few questions.....?

vicky it would also have been ok to take it out of gear and rest your leg but if the lights changed and you got in a mess and held up other traffic then on test would probably go against you.

if they were on red for a couple of minutes were they temporary lights??

Some times you can "read" the lights.... look for the green man going red or the glow from the other junctions lights or other cars stopping..... so you know when to get ready.

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#5 11-10-09 19:11:19

vickyb17uk
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Re: Few questions.....?

no not temporary lights, we have a set around here thats on a very very busy crossroads, petrol station, hospital, from town, and tesco exprerss they do tend to stay red for what seems like ages!!!

thanks all for the replies,

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#6 14-10-09 17:55:22

Marco Polo
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Re: Few questions.....?

Vicky if you are the first one to arrive at the red light, then handbrake, neutral is a good way to rest your feet for a few seconds.

Aspyre's advice about reading the other lights is a good way to know when to prepare the car to go.

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#7 16-10-09 15:17:51

Samantha1
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Re: Few questions.....?

I always say if your first in the que, leave it in gear so your ready to go when the lights change. However, if your 2nd, 3rd etc in the que, by all means rest your feet. If you cannot see the lights changing to know when to get ready, simply respond to the vehicles in front..when their brake lights go out, get the car in gear.


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#8 17-10-09 07:22:21

casper
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Re: Few questions.....?

Well, thats cleared up a new driving technique for me, i can practice with that in mind before my first pt2 lesson, something less to have to be told, very useful.
Have been judging my turn on lights by watching other traffics response on approach to thier lights for years.
Always worth scaning through new posts, find lots of useful tips.


pt1 pass 1st time 98% 60 23/9/09
pt2 passed 2nd time 6faults 9/3/10
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