I'm proud to announce my new driving series: Driving Experience! My Driving Standards series focuses on significant and sometimes dangerous incidents on the roads, but this series aims to give an idea of just what it is like to drive on the roads in the UK.
Graphics show off as much information as possible, and I try discuss various talking point on the roads where I can. But it's not just me driving around: videos are selected for the various exiting things that happen on my travels!
NOTE: all discussions on these videos are based on my personal opinions and observations, and do not necessarily reflect the advice on motoring safety groups. While advice is given with the best of intentions, drivers must still use their own common sense to keep themselves and others safe on the road. No liability is accepted for advice given on this channel, for any clarifications, please ask a motoring group or your local roads policing team.
Introduction to Driving Experience
Welcome to the start of my driving experience series of videos! Following on from my driving standards series, which discusses significant situations while driving, this series will discuss day to day driving. In this video, I'll be introducing you to the series and discussing the setup of the graphics you will see on screen.
I graduated from my masters degree last year, and currently have too many jobs to bother listing. I have been driving in the UK for 5 years now, and have a clean driving licence. I currently drive a Mini One, which you can see on screen now. For the first 3 years of my driving career, I drove a Vauxhall Corsa, which pretty much tried to kill me several times. Despite that, I have never crashed or damaged any car that I have driven! Additionally, I have also driven a Ferrari F430 around Homestead Miami Speedway, which was an amazing experience! You can see the video of this on this channel.
So what exactly are these videos? These videos are designed to show what it is like to drive day to day, from the point view of a confident driver. The videos show the journey of the car, as well as what I'm doing inside the car as I drive. These videos are planned to a degree, but once I am out on the road, I just take it as it comes. I do a vocal commentary throughout the videos, discussing talking points along the journey and other topics on driving when I get the chance (I do still have to deal with traffic jams!)
Who are these videos for
Whether you thinking about taking driving lessons, actively taking lessons, or have already passed your test, this series offers a chance to see what driving is really like on the roads from another perspective. While obviously an integral part of learning drive, driving lessons are always a lot more idealised that real world driving: you don't have the instructor there to help you along, and there is no safety net if something goes wrong! These videos will hopefully highlight the practices of real, independent driving, while also discussing any significant talking points along the journey.
Before going on, I'll give an important disclaimer. I am not a trained driving instructor. Everything I say and do on these videos is based on my driving experience over the last 5 years, and does not necessarily reflect the recommendation of driving groups, although I always drive within the law and within the highway code, to the best of my ability. I am not a perfect driver, and I do make mistakes, as everyone does! Any advice given on this channel, is given with the best of intentions, but must be used entirely at the viewers own risk.
On the road
My car is equipped with 3 cameras: My forward mounted dashcam shows the road ahead, with a side mounted auxiliary camera looking out to the right. Finally my phone records the interior of the car, and is located on a mount on the left side of the windscreen, where it doesn't obstruct my view while driving.
What will you see
On these videos, you will see a lot happening. While I do what I can to talk about what I'm doing at the time, there is still information I don't get time to talk about. So I'm going to discuss what will be shown on screen in the coming videos to help the viewer. Most obviously, the main display on the video will be the forward facing dashcam. On the lower right, is the footage from auxiliary camera which faces out the right of the car. On the lower left is the footage from inside the car. The camera is mounted on the left side of the interior of the car, facing to the right.
On the lower middle of the screen is a graphic showing the controls of the vehicle; showing speed, acceleration, braking and indication. The speed is given from GPS, so is not accurate. The rest of the graphics are done by hand and are definitely not accurate, and are used for illustration purposes only! The top right of this graphic shows the status of the handbrake, and the top left shows the ABS activation.
On the top of the screen, the traffic light will occasionally be shown in situations that it is not clear from the video what the status of the signal is.
Finally, on the top left of the video is the flag indicator. The flag indicator is my way of indicating what the status of the road is. I toyed with different ideas, and ended up settling on a format similar to racing flags.
On the subject of audio, I am aware that the engine noise can drown out my voice at high speeds. Subtitles will be provided in coming videos so what I say can be determined, please feel free to use them.
That's all for this video, what follows after this point is a detailed explanation of the flags as they will be applied in the videos in this series. I hope you join me in new series, and please like and comment with any suggestions!
So let's talk flags. The green flag determines that the road ahead is clear, and that I am free to proceeded at the speed limit, if safe to do so. Although the road is clear, it is still important to watch out for traffic signals and any unexpected hazards.
A steady yellow flag, means that I am in traffic. Why do I consider this a yellow flag? When driving in traffic you need to consider the potential actions of other road users as well as your own. Additionally, your view is generally more restricted by the vehicles in front, and so there is much less reaction time if a hazard appears than if you were driving on a clear road.
A flashing yellow flag means that I have determined that there is a potential hazard in front of me that may require me to take avoiding action for the safety of myself and other road users.
The red flag is the most serious flag I use in these videos. It indicates that there is a serious hazard that requires immediate action to avoid a collision.
A red and yellow striped flag indicates reduced road conditions, such as rain or oil slicks. S
The flashing white flag indicates that there is a vehicle in my lane that is driving considerably slower than I am, requiring either an overtake or braking action.
A steady blue flag is used in two situations. Firstly, it is shown when a faster vehicle is overtaking me in another lane. The second use of the flag, is when I am conducting a maneuver. Under the highway code, you should not attempt a maneuver until you are sure the road is completely clear.
Finally, the flashing blue flag denotes the presence of an emergency vehicle displaying flashing blue lights. The flag is shown at the first point I am aware of the approaching vehicle, and an appropriate maneuver may be conducted if required so as not to impede the emergency vehicle.
So that's all the flags I've made for the start of the series, although I may add in more later on. I hope you look forward to the coming videos in this series!