UK 駕訓班

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駕照的筆試通過之後,就進入了路考的準備階段,而且眾所皆知的,英國的路考比台灣的難多了,龜毛的多了.
不同於台灣在駕訓班內的模擬路況場地裡考試,英國的路考是實際上得上路的.
雖然英國的朋友們提供了不少「記憶中」的考試規定,但這零零散散,不太確定,且過時的資訊,總是令人不太放心.
從在地的報刊上找了一位駕訓指導教練,電話中說明了我的狀況,他建議先上一堂課看看,如果必要應該五堂課就夠了,畢竟我不是新手,於是我今天上了頭一堂駕訓課.

上了第一堂課就發現這是個非常正確的決定,因為十年來車子進化了,所以規矩也不一樣了,事實上,不同於十年前我所學的,今天的部分規則甚至是相反的!
十年前的「不可為」,變成今天的「必須」;十年前的必須,成了今日的不可為.


我印象中,十年前的路考規定,減速時不可以跳檔,必須從四檔退到三檔,退到二檔,最終退到一檔.
可是今天教練跟我說,這種退檔法在今天會成為我的障礙,反而是會被扣分的!
理由是以前的車子煞車不好,才必須用這種退檔法使用引擎煞車來輔助 (Engine brake),而今日的車子煞車性能均非當年可比擬,用這種退檔法來開車只會浪費時間,分散注意力,増加駕駛者單手開車的機會,反而容易造成意外.

我印象中,十年前的路考規定,上坡一定要用手煞車,從一檔起步.
今天教練說,除非必須原地停留超過 4-5 秒鐘,否則不可以使用手煞車,而應雙腳踩著離合器與油門,使車子原地不動,但隨時都可以離開的姿態.
媽呀,我印象中,十年前這可是禁忌耶.

印象中,把車子從路邊的停車格裡移出來,必須打方向燈,警告後方來車.
今天教練說,後方來車有優先權先通過,我理當等到後方沒有來車才把車子移出來,既然如此,方向燈是要打給誰看阿?
這時候打方向燈變成是個錯誤 – 在不需要的時候打方向燈 – 是要扣分的.

開車太快或太慢,都是嚴重錯誤 (serious fault),一次都嫌太多,都要你下次再來.
如果速限規定 30 英哩,你必須保持車速在 25-28 之間,在此之下就叫做「太慢」.

然而,這些都不算什麼,英國人龜毛的真正極致,表現在鏡子的使用上!
朋友之前告訴我,他很確定印象中的規矩是每隔八秒鐘必須看一次鏡子,今天教練說,每隔 5 秒鐘!
可見這英國人龜毛的程度,十年來是有增無減阿!
而且還不是後照境而已喔,方向盤稍微轉右邊,就得看後照境和右邊耳朵 (我都叫他們做耳朵,就是在車外左右的那兩面鏡子);方向盤稍微轉左邊,就得看後照境和左邊耳朵.
每一次踩煞車或者踩油門之前,都必須先看後照境和右邊耳朵.
每一次前方出現斑馬線,紅綠燈,有潛在危機,你理應踩煞車減速,again,踩煞車之前必須先看後照境和右邊耳朵.
每一次經過斑馬線,紅綠燈,或是任何潛在危機之後,應當加速回到速限,again,踩油門之前必須先看後照境和右邊耳朵.

我畢竟開了 10 年的車,平常開車時總會跳檔,空檔滑行,不用手煞車就上坡起步,原以為這些都是壞習慣,上了今天的課,發現其實也不是太糟嘛,因此那些新規定除了造成記憶上的衝擊,並不是啥大問題.
唯獨鏡子,引用教練的說法,我開車的時候:「好像鏡子根本就不存在似的」,換言之,我開車看鏡子看得太少.

我希望能盡快拿到駕照,好能帶我娘隨處走走晃晃 – 是的,我娘又要來找我玩啦 – 因此我訂了下個月初考路考,也和教練訂了 5 堂課,希望能夠一舉達成阿!
下個星期教練要看我倒車入庫之類的技術,再來跟大家分享囉.

55 Comments

  • 南瓜 says:

    媽呀!規定好多!
    英國人的龜毛果然可以從此窺見一班。

  • GraceinUK says:

    真的是很龜毛,有人跟我說,看耳朵的時候,要動作大到幾乎像是在「表演」才行…
    我覺得這樣不時地看鏡子,會不會很分心,反而影響行車安全啊?!
    總之,要先預祝你一舉成功、安心上路喔~

  • sharon says:

    Emily
    希望你路考順利!我平常只有騎腳踏車就覺得很複雜!每次遇到
    roundabout就膽顫心驚,這個左駕的國家真的有很多要注意的2地方!你開車也要小心^__^我覺得英國人開車都很快很多也很心急!小心上路喔!忘了正式跟你自我介紹!^___^我是Sharon住在Surrey這一帶,剛搬過來英國住幾個月.或多或少也適應得差不多!只是有時也會很想家!覺得你的網站提供很多很好的資訊!謝謝你喔!
    有空我會上來逛逛!再聊
    sh

    sharon n enjoy Spring

  • 聽說英國人路考一次就過的人,少之又少.EMILY加油哦!
    我相信你一定可以成為那少數第一次就過的人!*_^

  • jesi says:

    比起英國路上車流來說,還要這樣嚴格,台北恐怕要更嚴格吧!
    自己要命別人也要命ㄚ!

  • 小江 says:

    To Emily:
    看到這一篇,就讓我想到,在澳洲Tasmania考駕照也是如此,尤其是筆試,一天一考(筆試不用錢),考到題目全都看過了,(加上不懂英文可以安排翻譯陪考,一樣不用加錢),考過筆試,就排路考,路考可就貴了點,從一上車調整座位’後照鏡及方向燈確定等等,一路上,考官只有幾個指令,不外乎路邊停車,迴車等等,考完之後,評比單上,只有一項不及格~路上無車時,開太慢.
    不過~拿到當地人都覺得不好考的駕照~心中就是開心
    祝妳早日考到~

  • chlity says:

    如果龜毛是為了安全,
    那也無可厚非,
    總比台灣人的隨意好吧,
    例如,
    從停車格轉到車道上會打方向燈就要哭了,
    更多的是不管後方來車就突然”閃”出來…orz,
    至於紅綠燈…
    台中還能算是參考用,
    嘉義就只能是裝飾用,
    我還蠻佩服在這樣的情況下我居然還敢開車!

  • Sonya says:

    我好想問問:超車或變換車道需要回頭看一下來車?這是真的還是假的?

    這個問題來自於我室友,她說她在澳洲考駕照時,被要求這麼做,不然會被扣分?

    但我在台灣學車與考照時,並沒有這樣子規定啊?我都只看後照鏡跟耳朵耶!從沒有回頭過!感覺回頭~有點怪也有點白痴說~

    究竟是我無知?還是澳洲考照有點白呢?

  • emily says:

    dear 南瓜,
    是吧, 我就說他們龜嘛!

    dear GraceinUK,
    沒錯! 我朋友也是這樣說呢!

    dear sharon,
    剛來英國最不適應的的確就是 roundabout, 小心阿! 歡迎常來玩阿!

    dear 愛丁堡卜媽,
    希望啦, 我一定會加油的!!

    dear jesi,
    呵, Steve 在網路上看到台灣的考駕照現況錄影, 害他狂笑不止… 唉.

    dear 小江,
    哇塞! 讚耶! 希望我也能一次就過~~ (禱告ing~)

    dear chlity,
    恩, 說的有理, 的確是比台灣這樣亂開好…

    dear Sonya,
    ㄟ… 這在台灣開車也一樣阿! 因為鏡子有盲點, 總得轉頭看一下右後方 (盲點) 才能確定安全地把車移出來, 台灣路考是不考啦 (和英國相較之下, 台灣路考幾乎等於沒考什麼), 但是開車的人普遍都會這樣做的喔!

  • Sonya says:

    天啊~~我竟無知這麼多年~還虧我還自認為自己開車技術優良,原來一直都是個危險駕駛!汗顏ing~~
    感謝 Emily 熱心指導~但我還是無法想像,超車時要回頭觀望的情景!
    下次開車我會試試看!希望不會不小心去親到前方的屁屁!

  • Jewel says:

    原本我也想來去考考這邊的駕照….可是每次看完大家說的就會覺得….好像很難咧!!

  • 小江 says:

    to Emily
    妳可以的啦~多點細心~就ok了

    to Sonya
    在國外開車~比較注重眼觀四面,耳聽八方.車速反而不是那麼重要了,因為車速慢也有可能會發生車禍的.如果真的不幸發生車禍.也要跟警方或保險公司聲明,ä½ (妳)當時有”減速”,再”環顧”.這是非常重要的唷!!!

  • 美國的路人 says:

    在美國考試時也得要很誇張在換車道的時候轉頭才行, 至少120度吧, 而且要很明顯.

    我覺得這個要求很合理. 因為我真的常在回頭時才赫然發現旁邊突然跑出不明物體……自己也常嚇一跳.

  • emily says:

    dear Jewel,
    我也覺得比台灣的難多了, 但為了我們自己好, 如果你有在這兒開車, 最好還是趕緊去考起來比較恰當喔! 我這兒有些筆試的資料可以分給你, 等你要考的時候再跟我說阿.

    dear 小江,
    謝謝鼓勵啦, 努力中阿~~ (半哀嚎狀…)

    dear 美國的路人,
    這邊也一樣呢.

  • istme says:

    換個角度來說
    龜毛還真是有給他很確實的反應實際的狀況
    換句話說
    人家還是有在關心實際社會上的變化來調整
    真希望我們的官員出去進行所謂的觀摩的時候
    可以留意到些! 好好的想想~

    另外勒! EMILY要加油喔~

  • Yaling says:

    看到EMILY寫的, 禁不住讓我回想起我第一次上英國駕訓班的時候…老師說的跟以前台灣學的那一套都不同; 除了看鏡子這一點外, 還有round about的切入和切出讓我緊張不已, 一邊要注意自己是不是在對的車道(通常小的圓環裡都沒有劃車道的), 還要注意左右來車是不是太靠近, 這時教練還會要求查看後視鏡! 我的媽呀…短短的時間內一心好幾用,真的讓我措手不及唷..最重要的是還要假裝保持鎮定, 好像一切都在掌控之中! (車子多的時候我踩離合器的腳還會不停的顫抖ㄟ.)

    順道一提, 我老公當初再考駕照時曾經因為 “hesitated” 重考…也是圓環惹的禍, 到了要切入圓環的時候,頓了一下, 這就成了他的serious fault, 再見掰掰重考一次囉!

  • emily says:

    dear istme,
    不知道現在的台灣駕照考試考什麼喔??

    dear Yaling,
    “最重要的是還要假裝保持鎮定, 好像一切都在掌控之中”…. 沒錯! 明明就規矩一大堆, 搞得駕駛人很忙碌, 卻還要求一切要保持優雅!! 天吶~~~ (仰天哀嚎ing~)

  • left says:

    Dear Emily,

    潛水很久了, 看到這一篇,
    想要問一下你當初辦Provisional license 時有把你的護照寄出去嗎? 因為我現在想要開始上課, 才發現得先辦學習駕照, 可是呢, 我這膽小鬼不想把重要的護照寄出去ㄟ….

    Thanks!

  • emily says:

    dear left,
    我有把護照寄出去喔, 建議你用 Special Delivery, 這種郵寄方式有保險, 而且隔天定時就送達, 還要求對方簽收, 如果是重要的文件, 我都是用這種方式寄出的, 雖然價格高一些.
    以下是相關網頁, 讓你參考囉, http://www.royalmail.com/portal/rm/jump2?catId=400028&mediaId=400026

  • left says:

    恩, 知道了, 謝謝囉…
    (唉, 真不想寄… /_\)

  • Vincent says:

    我最近也是剛考完UK的路考,
    我運氣還不錯,第一次考就過了.
    分享一些經驗:
    1. 最好挑個下雨天去考試:
    因為一般駕駛人會開的比較慢, 而且observation動作會較大 (這就是考官要看的).
    2. 速度不可過快or過慢 – 過快or過慢都會被扣分.
    3. 儘量都維持在外車道.
    4. 考試當天也可請自己的教練同車.
    5. Good Luck!

  • emily says:

    dear Vincent,
    非常謝謝你的分享, 換我去考的時候一定會注意的!

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