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by Gareth
Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: What gear is best?
Replies: 37
Views: 3096

Re: What gear is best?

DCTs are very good now. Don't forget you actually have a lot of control over when it changes gear (unlike a slush box) with your use of the throttle pedal. StressedDave demonstrated control of the slush box just using the accelerometer and explained how he often saw Met Police doing that. I played ...
by Gareth
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:42 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: What gear is best?
Replies: 37
Views: 3096

Re: What gear is best?

hray wrote:Assuming instead of 'suggesting' a gear it just selects it instead

I don't remember driving a car with an automatic gearbox where I've not overridden the gears; they just don't pick the gears I want at the time I want them.
by Gareth
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Technology
Topic: What gear is best?
Replies: 37
Views: 3096

Re: What gear is best?

jcochrane wrote:The Golf R (in manual), however, is far more intelligent and rarely gives bad advice.

I think 'sporty' cars tend to suggest much higher engine speeds for shifting up.
by Gareth
Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Technology
Topic: What gear is best?
Replies: 37
Views: 3096

Re: What gear is best?

vanman wrote:Is it just me finding that this is impractical and likely to knock hell out of the big ends

Isn't using stupidly low engine speeds the main reason for dual mass flywheels?
by Gareth
Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Blimey it's quiet...
Replies: 32
Views: 3172

Re: Blimey it's quiet...

if it became law tomorrow just how many new tyres would need to be purchased? Assuming you mean winter tyres, one set is enough; most, if not all, all season tyres are appropriate for use in jurisdictions where winter tyres are a legal requirement for part of the year. If you have a 'normal' car, b...
by Gareth
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Blimey it's quiet...
Replies: 32
Views: 3172

Re: Blimey it's quiet...

presumably if the temp is above say 5C they wear more quickly...or not? They will wear slightly faster in warmer temps, and stopping distances will be longer than summer tyres in warmer weather I often wonder if the difference in stopping distances between summer and winter tyres used in the summer...
by Gareth
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Blimey it's quiet...
Replies: 32
Views: 3172

Re: Blimey it's quiet...

GTR1400MAN wrote:So double the number the tyres sold per car on the road isn't more tyres sold? ;)

Across a number of years I wear out the same number of tyres whatever type they are. How about you?
by Gareth
Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Blimey it's quiet...
Replies: 32
Views: 3172

Re: Blimey it's quiet...

A lot of this is marketing from the tyre manufacturers and that is where the pressure to impose this is coming from. Not convinced. Makes little difference to the tyre manufacturers as a group, tyres get worn according to how much they're used, so in the long run there's no opportunity for more tyr...
by Gareth
Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: In The News
Topic: Coroner Considers Referring M1 Smart Motorway Death to CPS
Replies: 5
Views: 754

Re: Coroner Considers Referring M1 Smart Motorway Death to CPS

Do people only, and always, do what signs tell them? You'd hope that 'looking ahead' and 'not driving into things' were considered essential too. Some years ago, quite early one morning I was on the lightly trafficked M4 westbound near Reading. Three lanes and hard shoulder although, at the J12 on-...
by Gareth
Fri Dec 04, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Advanced Driving - Cars
Topic: Driving in the dark
Replies: 48
Views: 4689

Re: Driving in the dark

P.S. you'll know it's got really bad when drivers don't flash when you don't dip ...

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