Saturday, 17 November 2012

Huzzah! A new post!

Well, as I said in my intro post, I'm lazy, very very lazy. I will not be posting the full tale of the road hog on the loch, as it was not that exciting, but I will tie it in roughly to this post about something similar, lane discipline.

Lane discipline is something I regard to be rather important, stay in your own lane, you don't hit on coming traffic and you don't die. However should you stray from your own lane you may hit on coming traffic, or traffic to the side of you on a motorway or roundabout for example, and you could cause an accident, and cost someone their life. To me lane discipline is more than just holding your lane, it is how you move lane as well, just shifting your self over on the motor way with no indication and little observation is poor lane discipline, and it is dangerous, what happens if there is another car there, or worse a biker.  Mirror THEN signal THEN manoeuvre if it is safe to do so, just like you learn on your very first driving lesson, not mirror signal manoeuvre all in the one motion.

In regards to roundabouts, I find it quite annoying when going round one, that someone would think it is a good idea to go through multiple lanes cutting off other drivers, that is not to say that "straight lining" a roundabout is not acceptable when there is absolutely no one around, it is a judgement call as far as I see it.

The other piece of selfish road use that really needs to stop. the hogging of the middle of narrower country roads, I understand moving out if there is nothing coming on straight bits of road, but when approaching a corner there is nothing that scares me more than seeing an X5 or Toureg screaming towards me and forcing me to have to take evasive action, this is what happened at Loch Lomond a middle aged man in a Volkswagen Toureg was in the middle of the road and forced me to come to a very abrupt stop as well and put myself partly in the shrubbery while he drove along no where near the bushes on his side of the road.

All I am saying, well trying to say at least, is that drivers need to be far less selfish behind the wheel, and far more observant both of these in my humble opinion will save lives.

Monday, 27 August 2012

A change of title!

Well since as far as drivers in the UK go I'm not THAT young since you can learn 17 and I'm 20 so now I give you a driving adventure!

I have my MOT on Wednesday so I'll write about that that afternoon and I also have a blog to write about last weeks adventure as well as the tale of a road hogging fanny.

ta for now!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Glasgow to Barr

This time last week I was about to set off on what is by far one of my favourite drives, down what is said to be one of Scotland's most sketchy roads the A77. I have seen more cars in bushes and upturned in fields on the 69 mile stretch of it I drive than any other road I enjoy. When you roll on down it it doesn't really seem all that bad when you join from the M77 at Ayr, but as you get further down it starts to get twisty, tighter with multiple blind crests and corners, that's when you start to see when it can come all unglued, but any way I digress, this is meant to be about the trip its self!
We (my self and my lovely girlfriend) go down there every now and again to visit her parents (and cats and dog, they're pretty rad too) and stay the night and come back up the next day which is nice, its a nice part of the country about 4 miles form the coast. The drive its self takes about an hour and a half to two hours, depending on traffic/weather conditions (obviously you don't want to drive to hard in the pouring rain), along a pretty nice and scenic yet admittedly sketchy road once you're off the motorway. This would have been yet another nice drive down had it not been for the rather heavy rain and pretty high level of surface water, that lead to a couple of moments, under steer brought on by aquaplaning is not something I particularly enjoy, the first incident was on a roundabout, that was interesting, I wanted the second exit and the car wanted the first. While trying to keep the revs at about mid range, simply so I could get back up to 70 and continue on my journey, obviously due to the high level of surface water, that I never compensated for, the tyres broke free and started spinning and then steering was not something I had available any more, causing me to leave my lane into the one next to mine, thankfully there where no cars to my side, but bricks where shat all the same.

 I cant quite figure out why I love this drive as much as I do, it may have something to do with it being the first "long" drive I embarked upon by my self, or that its a road that makes you actually drive rather than pointing the car and holding the speedometer at 70, the combination of long sweeping fast corners, long straights and tight turns make for a fun drive that I look forward to every time I get to do it.
At the moment I have no real drives planned, just what ever comes up, not including my commute as its pretty dull, Though I will be heading up to Loch Lomond in a couple of weeks, and the real question there is do I take the crow road, or do I not? Anyhoo cheers for giving this a read of you did, so long, until my next post!

Monday, 23 July 2012

I short-ish introduction

Well good people of the internet, hello I am Alex and I like to drive my car and this will be a blog about my adventures along the way.

Now some details about myself! I am a young male driver, at the time of writing this I'm 20 years old and have been held a drivers licence for a little over a year, and have been on the road myself a little under a year. I like to think of myself as a courteous driver, I give cyclists about a car widths space when passing and about a car length  following distance if I cannot pass them with enough room, I never tailgate, I hate anyone who does it to me pretty much automatically, and therefore could never bring myself to do it to anyone else. My car is a 2003 mk1 MG ZR 105 (1.4L) and I love it to bits, even if it does have fairly poor acceleration it still gets me up to speed fast enough for the motor way and it pulls well enough at junctions so I'm pretty happy with that.
As I mentioned before hand this blog will document the ups and downs of my day to day driving, well most likely week to week driving because I'm a lazy fucker (this also seems the time to point out that I favour quite strong language, it's who I am). As well as driving tales and most likely rants too, I will toss in any amusing info in my day to day life, or any hobbies I already enjoy, or pick up along the way.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts and hope you treat my amateur blogging kindly. 

Ta for now!