I fancy putting together some animation in Google Earth, showing who I've been teaching, over what period and where. Don't worry; names won't be visible ! But it will help me understand what my "reach" has been, and whether I'm getting better at teaching "faster". For the moment, in the above, red means currently learning, green means passed the L-test, grey is those who've stopped with me, and orange means currently dormant.
Does this mingling of pedestrians and motor vehicles really work ? I guess time will tell. Certainly there have been problems with undefined kerbs alongside Blackpool promenade. The pictures here are of the retail area around Bournville College, Longbridge.
Lots of cars now have "soft-touch" controls for the direction indicators.
The feature works by bringing on the indicators when the control stalk is moved a few degrees off its neutral position—less than it takes to reach the click-stop where the stalk can be left in place until manually cancelled.
Soft touch is great when you want just a couple of seconds of flashing from your turning signals, typically when changing lane or leaving a roundabout.
But its biggest drawback is when you've moved the control to the click-stop and eventually want to cancel it. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND keeping a finger either side of the stalk, cradling it, when you cancel (see picture).
If not, you easily risk giving the opposite signal ... with obviously dangerous consequences. Either because of what other road users might react to, or because its distracts you the driver from attending to things outside your car !
Could the much-heralded "pair of clever specs" from the boffins at Google be used to enhance driver training? Perhaps.
Imagine I could see exactly where YOU are looking, as you drive down the road. I'd know which hazards you've noticed, how far ahead you're concentrating, your speed of reaction, any tendency to stare, your general alertness to changes ahead.
I could record the drive, discuss performance, and repeat the exercise this time with coaching. When we compared the two videos, we'd see if your ability to anticipate and respond had actually improved, in a quantifiable manner.
I heard on the radio last week that the driving insurance industry cannot continue to pay more out in claims than it's receiving in premiums ... which has been the case lately.
Premiums for young men who've just passed their L-test might continue to fall for only another couple of months.