The Irish Driving Scene.An Instructors Perspective.

Written by Robin Piggott

The Irish Driving Scene.An Instructors Perspective

The Driving Environment

Today’s motoring environment is very different to that of thirty or even fifteen years ago for a number of key reasons and we will examine these to get an idea ofrepparttar kind of skills needed to survive in today’s world and stay accident free. Forrepparttar 146985 first time in over one hundred and fifty years our population has exceeded 4 million and continues to increase steadily. Demographics The age of our population is quite unique and according torepparttar 146986 2002 census there are approximately 640,200 people inrepparttar 146987 15 – 24 age bracket who are in, or approaching,repparttar 146988 age at which they will want to drive. Lets be clear on this point …every person in today’s Ireland will aspire to drive and own a car in this prosperity environment, for career, family and social reasons .Inrepparttar 146989 past until you hadrepparttar 146990 potential to be able to own a car it was quite common not to bother to learn to drive. Those that needed to get to work from a distance tended to rely on neighbours and friends or relatives to berepparttar 146991 ever present chauffeur. It’s very common today for an exodus fromrepparttar 146992 city limits out torepparttar 146993 open country to live, with huge numbers of houses, sorry mansions; being constructed at seemingly breakneck speed. The draw ofrepparttar 146994 country air andrepparttar 146995 sweet sounds of birds inrepparttar 146996 morning seems to be an irresistible magnet forrepparttar 146997 city dweller. A car or three is taken for granted. Of course , we are a nation of keen gardeners now andrepparttar 146998 regular trip torepparttar 146999 garden centre could not be undertaken by public transport because it doesn’t exist in most rural areas. All of this means that we have a far greater number of cars and drivers onrepparttar 147000 road than thirty years ago and at different times of day due to many variations in working hours. So there is hardly a time when you are unlikely to meet another vehicle. Six am duringrepparttar 147001 working week can be just as dangerous as five thirty rush hour. Learner Drivers Current numbers of learner Drivers are estimated at 350,000 and this continues to be swelled byrepparttar 147002 increase in our immigrant population, both expatriates and non-nationals setting up home here forrepparttar 147003 first time. The waiting list for a Driving Test has reached an all time high due mainly to these demographics, but also torepparttar 147004 relatively small number of Driving Examiners . This situation is being addressed atrepparttar 147005 moment withrepparttar 147006 probability of an outside agency being drafted in to undertake a further 40,000 Driving Tests overrepparttar 147007 course of a year .While it is unfortunate that all drivers have to wait such a long time in order to sit their Test it is an opportunity for them to learn some very essential skills and to prepare well forrepparttar 147008 Test. It is very common for candidates to leave their lessons torepparttar 147009 last moment which very often produces a negative result. Worse still, isrepparttar 147010 mistaken belief thatrepparttar 147011 longer one is drivingrepparttar 147012 greater chance of passingrepparttar 147013 Driving Test. Without professional lessonsrepparttar 147014 chances of passingrepparttar 147015 Test are pretty remote; but more crucial will berepparttar 147016 lack of basic skills leading to accidents which can and should be preventable .Passingrepparttar 147017 Driving Test, while certainly a milestone in a person’s driving career, is onlyrepparttar 147018 beginning of a life –long process notrepparttar 147019 end. Professional Tuition Safe Driving for Life can be achieved, withrepparttar 147020 correct mind set andrepparttar 147021 knowledge that good basic driving skills arerepparttar 147022 foundation forrepparttar 147023 learning process and need to be provided by Professional Instructors and not relatives or friends. Practise with Mum or Dad is very useful but only in conjunction with proper Tuition. Being able to move a car downrepparttar 147024 road and perhaps change a gear or two and even steer out of trouble is notrepparttar 147025 level of skill needed to stay alive and is about as far fromrepparttar 147026 required Driving Test standard as we are fromrepparttar 147027 Moon.(about 250,000 miles, sorry 400,000Km atrepparttar 147028 last count).I am not suggesting that we need to drive a quarter of a million miles

The Waterloo Boy Tractor: Beginning of the John Deere

Written by Dave Cole

Waterloo Boy Model N 1916 to 1924

Anything that can be done onrepparttar farm by horses, can be accomplished byrepparttar 146904 Waterloo Boy Tractor.

The Waterloo Boy tractors had a water cooled, two cylinder engine that burned kerosene, a cheaper fuel for farmers to purchase. The transmission was located onrepparttar 146905 left side ofrepparttar 146906 engine, instead of in line or behindrepparttar 146907 engine. It had automotive type sliding gears,repparttar 146908 Model L and R had only one forward speed, while repparttar 146909 Model N had two. (Although bull pinion gears as an in field add on were available by special order for farmers who foundrepparttar 146910 need for more speed)

The Model R Waterloo Boy Tractor

Until 1919,repparttar 146911 Model R Waterloo Boy tractor was sold in 13 different styles, fromrepparttar 146912 A torepparttar 146913 M. Style N, which became repparttar 146914 Model N Waterloo Boy tractor was introduced in 1917.

The Model R was muchrepparttar 146915 same asrepparttar 146916 Model L, except thatrepparttar 146917 R was given a 6.5 bore whererepparttar 146918 L had a 5.5 bore, both had a 7 inch stroke.

A little over 8,000 Model R's were manufactured, including those shipped overseas.

The Model N Waterloo Boy Tractor

The Model N Waterloo Boy was manufactured from 1917 thru 1924.

It was known as a 12-25 tractor becauserepparttar 146919 tractor delivered 12 horsepower atrepparttar 146920 drawbar and 25 horsepower atrepparttar 146921 belt pulley, at 750 revolutions per minute.

The new and improved Model N had two forward speeds, 2 1/1 and 3 miles per hour.

Pulling a 3 bottom plow, or a 9 foot disc harrow, or 2 binders,repparttar 146922 new Waterloo Boy Model N had two forward speeds with a 6.5 bore and 7 inch stroke engine. It delivered 16 drawbar horsepower and 25 atrepparttar 146923 belt with an engine rpm of 750.

The outer bull pinion gear onrepparttar 146924 final drive was changed to haverepparttar 146925 teeth facerepparttar 146926 inside ofrepparttar 146927 drive wheel to decrease wear onrepparttar 146928 final drives and help shield them from dirt.

The Model N was an immediate success with almost 5,000 units being sold in 1918.

Waterloo Boy and Deere & Company

Notingrepparttar 146929 success ofrepparttar 146930 Waterloo Boy Tractor, Deere and Company's sales manager Frank Silloway began to investigate. The philosophy of upper management was that Deere and Company could no longer just manufacture implements, it was time to move on torepparttar 146931 business of selling tractors.

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