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Old 14-03-2014, 08:25 AM   #16
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Well, let's not go off topic here.

My advice is to check the mirrors at every 5-10 sec intervals and to be aware of the surroundings. One good thing to use is the enlarged mirrors which can be bought at hypermarts. Objects may appear smaller but it's rly a good thing to have.

I've been using it since day 1 when I started driving. I hope others will use it too
Not sure if i have heard correctly, i was told before the enlarged mirror will make objects look smaller when you look at it and affect your judgement on actual distance against mirror distance of your car to object which means you are actually closer to it.
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Old 14-03-2014, 08:31 AM   #17
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Correct me if im wrong.

In MSCP, cars coming down are supposed to give way to cars coming up as their blind spot is blocked by pillars or suppose to be the other way round?
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Old 14-03-2014, 08:48 AM   #18
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Correct me if im wrong.

In MSCP, cars coming down are supposed to give way to cars coming up as their blind spot is blocked by pillars or suppose to be the other way round?
It was discussed:

http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/cars-cars-204/hdb-multi-storey-carpark-entering-up-slope-exiting-down-slope-4475979.html
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Old 14-03-2014, 09:03 AM   #19
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It was discussed:

http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/cars-cars-204/hdb-multi-storey-carpark-entering-up-slope-exiting-down-slope-4475979.html
Likewise, do not know if many know about this a not?
Often still seen many chiong down-slope and do not bother to 'give-way' when there is a STOP-line there.

So just drive with caution and switch on the head-lights when heading upslope.
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Old 14-03-2014, 09:04 AM   #20
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for me, i try not to go side by side with another vehicle, be it while turning or going straight because some people just look at the front and will encroach into your lane or simply switch lanes without checking blindspot. You can't really do much if the vehicle beside you do anything funny, especially if you have no space on the other side to avoid.
Always assume people will do stupid things -- this is what i was taught in SAF driving school that keeps grinding defensive driving into our head, probably the only useful thing i picked up during my 2.5 yrs stint.
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Old 14-03-2014, 09:10 AM   #21
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Likewise, do not know if many know about this a not?
Often still seen many chiong down-slope and do not bother to 'give-way' when there is a STOP-line there.

So just drive with caution and switch on the head-lights when heading upslope.
I second that. Got a few near-miss before. Besides switching on headlights, i highbeam at the wall to make sure vehicle at the other ramp sees the light. A bit troublesome, but i got used to it after a while
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Old 14-03-2014, 09:19 AM   #22
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one more..

turn on headlights during poor weather or visibility.. it is not whether u can see others, it is whether others can see u..
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Old 14-03-2014, 11:28 AM   #23
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Updated - I have combined the tips driving in mscp.
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Old 14-03-2014, 12:02 PM   #24
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Not sure if i have heard correctly, i was told before the enlarged mirror will make objects look smaller when you look at it and affect your judgement on actual distance against mirror distance of your car to object which means you are actually closer to it.
Yes u r correct. It takes time getting used to it.

I find it more difficult to drive as the cars appear larger than usual in the rear mirror though. I feel the cars r very near me and I'm road hogging.
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Old 14-03-2014, 01:14 PM   #25
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Not sure if i have heard correctly, i was told before the enlarged mirror will make objects look smaller when you look at it and affect your judgement on actual distance against mirror distance of your car to object which means you are actually closer to it.
Larger mirror doesn't mean things will appear smaller. A larger mirror just have a larger surface area to reflect things from the back. For objects to appear smaller, to mirror will need to be curved, aka convex mirrors. Curved mirrors offer even more visibility for the same mirror surface area, however, objects appear smaller and further. Thus depending on what kind of mirror you buy, if it is perfectly flat or curved, the objects might or might not appear smaller.
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Old 14-03-2014, 04:09 PM   #26
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My personal habit. Always turn on headlights when in indoor carpark, helps other vehicles and pedestrians to notice you.
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Old 14-03-2014, 09:29 PM   #27
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My way is.....
Make a habit to check ur side/rear mirrors every now and then even tho u are going straight
Juz move ur eyeball only
By doing this, u can know ur surrounding better

And also, always think that there might be a motorbike at the blind spot beside ur car
This will make u turn ur head to check blind spot before u change lane
Those drivers with riding experience will understand this

There are couple of times
When i do my regular mirror check, i saw a bike behind
When i wanted to change lane, the bike is missing from side/rear mirror
I check blind spot and it was beside me
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Old 14-03-2014, 11:58 PM   #28
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My way is.....
Juz move ur eyeball only
By doing this, u can know ur surrounding better
Sometimes this tactic is used in coffee shops or crowded areas ..

There are couple of times
When i do my regular mirror check, i saw a bike behind
When i wanted to change lane, the bike is missing from side/rear mirror
I check blind spot and it was beside me
I hate bikes that ghosts behind me.. one moment here... one moment dunno where...they like to hide in blindspots..
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Old 14-03-2014, 11:59 PM   #29
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My take on defensive driving:

Rule #1: Stay calm at all times. No panic...No Emo.
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Old 15-03-2014, 12:08 AM   #30
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This is not defensive then. If u r fast, ok, but how does the other driver know he need to slow for you?

He will probably whacked his engine to be faster than you..
then i slow give way lor...

yup, mine is not defensive driving
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