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by EasyShifter
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Flat bottomed steering wheels - why??
Replies: 66
Views: 4137

Re: Flat bottomed steering wheels - why??

It's more marketing BS, like having an unpleasantly crashy ride on pointlessly large wheels is "sporty" :roll: Interesting: i did consider going 'upmarket' by buying an S-line car this time round rather than the 'Sport' - until I did some research and found that the main difference (cosme...
by EasyShifter
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Flat bottomed steering wheels - why??
Replies: 66
Views: 4137

Flat bottomed steering wheels - why??

I drive a 2011 Audi A3 Cabriolet and I've noticed when using dealers' loan cars that some of them have a flat section at the bottom of the steering wheel - I've never known why or bothered to ask. Now I'm considering replacing my car and find I've got the option of a flat-bottomed steering wheel at ...
by EasyShifter
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Advanced Driving - Cars
Topic: Rule of Thirds - Overtaking
Replies: 43
Views: 3594

Re: Rule of Thirds - Overtaking

But you are in SUSSEX :lol: Indeed. It is/was a derogatory term that I heard from instructors at the driving school in Lewes when referring to the often seen execution of overtakes by our neighbours to the north. The diagrams of overtakes in Roadcraft actually depict an overtake as a single curve r...
by EasyShifter
Thu May 25, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Return to the road
Replies: 7
Views: 1069

Return to the road

Thought I'd reintroduce myself - back on the road after an enforced break from driving. I stopped voluntarily during a fairly prolonged period of illness when I felt that my disrupted sleep pattern and lack of nutrition (eating was difficult to impossible much of the time) would probably turn me int...
by EasyShifter
Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile phones
Replies: 508
Views: 24831

Re: Mobile phones

It definitely more hazardous to hold the phone, but the difference in risk level compared to hands free isn't necessarily as pronounced as one might assume. Maybe, but the crucial distinction is: holding a phone and operating it involves inevitable driving impairment; having a hands free phone conn...
by EasyShifter
Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:21 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Mobile phones
Replies: 508
Views: 24831

Re: Mobile phones

What does the law make of a new fangled smart watch? I am the lucky recipient of such a device as a Christmas present from a generous son. Through it among numerous other things I can make and receive phone calls while my phone remains in my pocket (to call it a watch is as accurate as calling a sm...
by EasyShifter
Sat Oct 29, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What was your first car?
Replies: 55
Views: 5515

Re: What was your first car?

The Fiat was by far the best and you could do clutchless gear changes with ease. I had to do that for a few weeks in a 1980s Hillman Imp when the clutch thrust bearing went at the start of the school term. Poor as church mice, we couldn't afford to pay for the work to be done so I just had to keep ...
by EasyShifter
Sat Oct 29, 2016 7:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What was your first car?
Replies: 55
Views: 5515

Re: What was your first car?

Some people obviously have very poor memories dulled by an terminal overdose of nostalgia. My recollection of old cars is that every single one was a crock of shite. The best thing you could say about any particular model was it wasn't quite as bad in some respects as another. Old cars were rusty, ...
by EasyShifter
Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What was your first car?
Replies: 55
Views: 5515

Re: What was your first car?

Triumph Herald 13/60 convertible, which turned out to have no reverse gear as we didn't check on the test drive, and didn't realise till I'd driven it 30 miles home and needed to reverse onto the drive. So gearbox out first job. Always wanted a Vitesse. A relatively easy job as you can take the gea...
by EasyShifter
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: IAM RoADAR is a punishment
Replies: 30
Views: 2895

Re: IAM RoADAR is a punishment

Safer and more enjoyable driving - but difficult going on impossible to prove, and not a perceived need by most. Yet needed by most, frustrates me, for just proper observation and that 2 second rule (for pedants, to be extended in poor conditions) obeyed by all, would lead to fewer collisions. And ...

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