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  • i'm after Lewis Hamilton's job

    5 5.26%
  • i'm a very good driver, yes.

    42 44.21%
  • i can handle the car well, but ignore the highway code.

    18 18.95%
  • i'm average.

    24 25.26%
  • i'm not especially good to be honest.

    4 4.21%
  • i'm so hopeless i shouldn't really be on the road

    2 2.11%
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    Default do you think you are a good driver?

    this will be interesting. do you think you are a good driver or not? will you admit to it? are you better than average/worse/dreadful? it has been said that most people think they are better than average, and that saying you aren't is like saying you aren't very good in bed. i think people on this site are more down to earth and honest, so i reckon there will be lots of 'i'm average' votes.
    me? i'm option 3
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    I get this a lot throught work, usually with young kids who have had their licence 5 minutes and start driving like Nigel Mansell.
    Myself, I'm in the IAM, and have various qualifications through work, but I still dont think Im a great driver. I have the confidence in my own ability, but maybe that is my downfall...... if I was a good driver, perhaps I wouldnt have had that crash last month......

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    It's all about reading the road ahead in my opinion.

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    I thought I was and then I did a three week driving course (8-5, for 15 days) looking at roadcraft, correct use of gears, braking and many other things. I know I am now a good driver but more importantly a safe driver. Driving fast is easy, driving fast and safely well is a skill that can only be learnt in my opinion. Knowing what hazards are present in any road condition is so important and something I would say, most drivers do on auto pilot.

    When you drive home tonight actually talk to yourself about the hazards and potential hazards that present themselves to you, oh and actually look and think about each sign, before I knew they were there and what thy meant but didn't really pay as much attention as I should have.

    I don't think passing a driving test actually means you can drive.

    I'll shut up now,

    Robbie

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    Where's the option for 'safe driver'

    I would say I am about average but VERY conscious about the road, its users and safety. Gone are my days of boy racershipness.

    I would rather be safe than fast.

    Will be interesting to see the results of the poll though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie69 View Post
    I thought I was and then I did a three week driving course (8-5, for 15 days) looking at roadcraft, correct use of gears, braking and many other things. I know I am now a good driver but more importantly a safe driver. Driving fast is easy, driving fast and safely well is a skill that can only be learnt in my opinion. Knowing what hazards are present in any road condition is so important and something I would say, most drivers do on auto pilot.

    When you drive home tonight actually talk to yourself about the hazards and potential hazards that present themselves to you, oh and actually look and think about each sign, before I knew they were there and what thy meant but didn't really pay as much attention as I should have.

    I don't think passing a driving test actually means you can drive.

    I'll shut up now,

    Robbie
    My point, just put across better.

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    Im average. I can handle it well but have had some close calls. I suppose as I havent had any accidents I probably am good and I can avoid potential accidents as my responses are good.

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    I used to be a lot better better when I drove for a living (over 10 years ago, where's my life going? ), but I think I'm average. I do catch myself making the odd error of judgement that I wouldn't have made years ago.
    Or maybe that's because I'm becoming an old git (50 this year)

    Phil

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    It's down to how you define "good"

    I've very good observation and situational awareness, very good knowledge of vehicle handling and chassis dynamics, and good car control. But on the other hand I drive quickly, I feel im safer where my mind has no time to wander onto other things. I don't like distractions in my car like the radio, missus or loud kids.

    I'd define a good driver as being fully aware and ready to react quickly in any given situation and not driving into a ditch because you weren't paying attention to the queue of cars that stoppped 150 yds down the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robbie69 View Post
    I thought I was and then I did a three week driving course (8-5, for 15 days) looking at roadcraft, correct use of gears, braking and many other things. I know I am now a good driver but more importantly a safe driver. Driving fast is easy, driving fast and safely well is a skill that can only be learnt in my opinion. Knowing what hazards are present in any road condition is so important and something I would say, most drivers do on auto pilot.

    When you drive home tonight actually talk to yourself about the hazards and potential hazards that present themselves to you, oh and actually look and think about each sign, before I knew they were there and what thy meant but didn't really pay as much attention as I should have.

    I don't think passing a driving test actually means you can drive.

    I'll shut up now,

    Robbie
    Well said....

    I would class myself as a good driver, safe and always observe whats going on around me, not just tunnel vision.

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