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 Post subject: Re: Which side is more observant?
Unread postPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 2:50 pm 
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Must say, our designated driver is very observant!
I'm a backseat driver in Kruger, not by preference :wall:
(The only perk in being a BSD is that you can blame, the FSD (front seat drivers) for missing that LIT!
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 Post subject: Re: Which side is more observant?
Unread postPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 6:00 pm 
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Mainly its SO who is driving so he spots things on or by the side of the road and then I identify them.

However I struggle with animals that aren't moving while he seems to excel at them. Case in point is below.

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This was on my side of the car but SO spotted it. He stopped the car and it took me another minute for me to spot it. :roll:

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Unread postPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 6:15 pm 
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The proof is in the pic, Saraf 8) .

I think that my SO (no proof) is better at spotting than me too.
I do rather well on the 'rock' animals though.
I can even remember from memory where in Kruger you could find 'rock' lions, 'rock' cheetahs. etc ! :doh:
SO has to stop at these 'sightings' every time we are there. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Which side is more observant?
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When my SO is awake, it is probably 55:45 split to her (passenger side), our boys spot most everything though (when they are awake) but more often than not I am the driver and chief spotter with a car full of sleepy family members.

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We split the acr into two groups and award points for everything that is spotted.

SO and her team (one of the kids) wins about 60% of the time, although I as the driver somehow gets to spot the best sightings.


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for me both sides.... I'm alone :lol:
but I think the driver is more observant, he has to :whistle:

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I am a better spotter when I am driving - sure it has something to do with being more alert.

Experience definitely has more to do with it than being the driver or passenger...you develop spotting eyes! :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

On our next trip we will be in 2 cars, so the race will be on to see who are the best spotters. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Which side is more observant?
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:53 pm 
It is something that can change over time as one learns how to look into the bush and openings. If both are well practised I think the passenger should see more but it seldom happens in my case. :big_eyes:


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I also think the passenger side is mostly more observant but I have to admit the best continuing conversations, including of the sightings, comes from the passenger side (front and back). Also in my case the passenger side has to do a lot of “looking and finding” in bags, packets and whatever. Perhaps that is why the map reading skills may also need a bit of touching up - mainly from the busy passenger side that is. But I agree practice is important.

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Whichever side I am on is the most observant :tongue: :wink: :lol:
I am more often than not driver, and I spot non moving animals quite well. Just on shape and colour.
My father is brilliant at seeing movement.
When I'm driver there is a rule against fiddling for biltong or drinks or maps :rtm: :rtm:
When we stop for animals we can do that stuff! Otherwise passengers are not being observant :slap:

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 Post subject: Re: Which side is more observant?
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:09 pm 
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Whichever side I am on is the most observant :tongue: :wink: :lol:
I am more often than not driver, and I spot non moving animals quite well. Just on shape and colour.
My father is brilliant at seeing movement.
When I'm driver there is a rule against fiddling for biltong or drinks or maps :rtm: :rtm:
When we stop for animals we can do that stuff! Otherwise passengers are not being observant :slap:



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Which ever side you are on over this week-end (and you are lucky to be in Kruger) I wish you all plenty of good sightings :) . But I still think the people on the driver’s side of the car are more alert and observant than those sitting on the passengers side.

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Even my SO admits that I in the passenger side spot the most animals, every leopard we have seen I have spotted :clap: :clap: for me :D :D

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being the driver :wink:
but i scan the front and partly my side while the person next to me seem to dismiss the front.
And had different peeps during the years next to me so no need to blame SO :lol:

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Grantmissy wrote:
What is quite amazing is that the passenger side is often without fail engaged in conversation though the most sightings come from that side. It is also that side that very often reads the map incorrectly due to what I think the continual conversation that is taking place. Could never figure out how it is possible. The driver is probably more alert to the goings on in the road. In your case which side is more observant?


It is not your passenger's fault that maps were printed upside down. She, and I assume it is a she, is obviously a good multi-tasker and in touch with her right brain. :wink:

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