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#1 Tuesday 28th July 2015 12:30:35

LionKing
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Changing gears when on a bend?

My driving instructor yesterday to change gear (up from 2 to 3) when in the middle of a tight bend. Isn't that a bad idea since you need both hands on the wheel to maintain control of the car?

I said I was going to change gear after the bend but he kept on saying that you could of done it then. It was a 30 road but I was doing around 25

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#2 Tuesday 28th July 2015 13:05:52

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Re: Changing gears when on a bend?

If for some reason you had to wait on a very long bend - perhaps in a traffic queue - then it all started to move off quickly ......

Would you stay in 1st gear all the way ? - of course not

The one thing not to do is to move the steering wheel whilst changing gear = set the wheel - hold it in that position with right hand whilst changing up gear with left hand

hope that answers your question


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#3 Tuesday 28th July 2015 18:33:27

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Re: Changing gears when on a bend?

LionKing wrote:

My driving instructor yesterday to change gear (up from 2 to 3) when in the middle of a tight bend. Isn't that a bad idea since you need both hands on the wheel to maintain control of the car?

I said I was going to change gear after the bend but he kept on saying that you could of done it then. It was a 30 road but I was doing around 25

From your scenario, you should have selected 3rd either prior to the corner or as you suggest wait until you are exiting the corner.
To change up in mid corner is bad planning on the approach. Every corner should be taken with hands either side of the wheel, right foot gently on the accelerator and left foot on the floor. Get that right and you're on your way to being a good driver.

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#4 Tuesday 28th July 2015 19:32:02

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Re: Changing gears when on a bend?

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY TIMES WHERE THE START OF THE BEND HAS BEEN A 2ND GEAR JOB BUT THEN AS THE BEND PROGRESSESS IT HAS BECOME LESS ACUTE REQUIRING 3RD GEAR SO SAYING THAT A BEND IS ALWAYS A ONE GEAR BEND IS NOT CORRECT

BETTER TO HAVE TOO LOW A GEAR TO START WITH AND CHANGE UP THAN TO HAVE TOO HIGH A GEAR AND CHANGE DOWN BUT THAT CAN ALSO HAPPEN IF THE BEND BECOMES MOR ACUTE THAN IT STARTED

Oops need to switch off caplocks !!


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#5 Tuesday 28th July 2015 19:41:17

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Re: Changing gears when on a bend?

Avoid removing either hand from the wheel when 'actively' steering. That is when needing to move the wheel.

When 'passively' steering, that is when you have a set degree of steering on, but you have no need to further move the wheel, then removing a hand to change gear is safe.

Incidentally, on your test, all that matters is that you are in control of your steering no matter how you achieve it.

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#6 Tuesday 28th July 2015 20:58:36

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Re: Changing gears when on a bend?

If it compromises your steering and control of the car, you shouldn't do it, simple rule of thumb!

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#7 Friday 31st July 2015 17:19:04

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Re: Changing gears when on a bend?

ok, I did change the gear when he told me to but he had to grab the wheel since i was going to far left. It is only the second time done that (first time was on my second lesson).

to me at the time it felt like a bad idea to change gear mid way through

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#8 Saturday 1st August 2015 13:50:05

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Re: Changing gears when on a bend?

LionKing wrote:

ok, I did change the gear when he told me to but he had to grab the wheel since i was going to far left. It is only the second time done that (first time was on my second lesson).

to me at the time it felt like a bad idea to change gear mid way through

Reason for that was you either set the steering wrong or you moved your right hand whilst left hand was off the wheel

Set steering to the curvature of the bend then without moving right hand/arm change gear with the visual focus on where the car is going


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#9 Tuesday 4th August 2015 08:12:47

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Re: Changing gears when on a bend?

Sometimes you really need to change gear and steer simultaneously. For instance, you wouldnt want to go screaming round a large roundabout in first, would you? The important thing is to try not to tense up too much and to look where you want the car to go (not at the steering wheel or the gearstick). Hope this helps.
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#10 Thursday 27th August 2015 16:12:01

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Re: Changing gears when on a bend?

No problem changing gear on a bend provided the car going where you want and you dont need to steer.  Make sure you get the gear before you get to the part of bend where you have to steer back.

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