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Old 18th Mar 2022, 21:04
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For no practical reason that i can think of, at switch off the "instrument" panel shows an oblique aerial view of the car, whilst it rotates as if on a turntable.
Such a display could actually be useful if it showed which lights were on at appropriate times. Otherwise one has to walk round the car with the engine running in the various "states" which influence the illumination - a process I find rather difficult when the car is moving (speed being a parameter in which lights come on when, although viewing reflections in shop windows can be useful). It would also be self explanatory, unlike the various tell-tale warning lights/symbols.
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Old 18th Mar 2022, 21:27
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Why on earth are many small appliance three-pin electrical mains plugs now designed with the cable exiting at the top instead of trailing from the bottom? When plugging them into difficult to reach sockets, like behind a desk, it doesn't take much for the cable to get trapped between the pins.
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Old 18th Mar 2022, 22:30
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However, there is a drawback. The DRL requirement is satisfied on most (all?) Canadian cars by turning on the headlight low-beams when the ignition is switched on. The problem with that comes at night time, when because you can see the headlights, it is easy to drive away with no lights on the back of the car. Very dangerous!
Here in the States daylight driving lights are also required but, at least on my Toyota, there is a smaller wattage bulb in the headlight housing that illuminates automatically when driving. The actual headlight bulb is controlled by the light switch; pretty tough to mistake the two.

My other car, a Mazda 3, doesn't have that system so I do turn the headlights on when passing trucks, just to make sure I'm seen. I do that because I was was in an accident while passing a truck. On a four lane interstate in Seattle, truck was in lane three and I was in lane two and passed him - or tried to. He didn't see me and changed lanes into the back of the car. First thing I knew I was looking out my side window at the radiator emblem on a semi-truck at 65 mph. The car was pushed 180° across the front of the truck and emerged on the other side where I was collected by a vehicle in the far lane. No injuries, but quite a surprise! The trucker received a citation for lane change; the Honda was totaled but still drove home.
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Old 19th Mar 2022, 13:04
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Originally Posted by Winemaker View Post
Here in the States daylight driving lights are also required
Is that a recent requirement?

I recall driving between Palmdale and the Cajon Pass (?) about 20 years ago and seeing signs on the roadside reminding drivers to have their headlights on - it certainly did help pick out oncoming traffic in the heat haze.

When overtaking other traffic on single carriageway roads, I usually flash the main beam before indicating to draw their attention to me - mind you, these days people seem to get road rage when you do that. I once knew someone who pulled out to overtake a car which turned right into a junction as he did so. His brother was killed in the crash.
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Old 19th Mar 2022, 16:10
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Is that a recent requirement?

I recall driving between Palmdale and the Cajon Pass (?) about 20 years ago and seeing signs on the roadside reminding drivers to have their headlights on - it certainly did help pick out oncoming traffic in the heat haze.

When overtaking other traffic on single carriageway roads, I usually flash the main beam before indicating to draw their attention to me - mind you, these days people seem to get road rage when you do that. I once knew someone who pulled out to overtake a car which turned right into a junction as he did so. His brother was killed in the crash.
I stand corrected, daylight driving lights are not legally required in the US; however, I believe all new cars do come with them.
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Old 19th Mar 2022, 21:00
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Originally Posted by stevef View Post
Why on earth are many small appliance three-pin electrical mains plugs now designed with the cable exiting at the top instead of trailing from the bottom? When plugging them into difficult to reach sockets, like behind a desk, it doesn't take much for the cable to get trapped between the pins.
Better still, why don't the cables come out of the front or side. In USA and Canada if the cable comes out the bottom or top you can't put another plug in the shared socket. Worse still when it is one of those transformer plugs for computer etc.
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Old 20th Mar 2022, 10:08
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When overtaking other traffic on single carriageway roads, I usually flash the main beam before indicating to draw their attention to me - mind you, these days people seem to get road rage when you do that..
Treadi, don't do that mate. The cars you are overtaking will think you are having a go at them and hassling them, so not surprisingly they will take offence at you. One day someone might 'hassle' you back which could be very unpleasant. Just indicate normally and pass them safely. (Yes, you have to keep watching the vehicle you are overtaking as well, just in case).

Am very surprised that people need to be told to put lights on when the visibility is poor, e.g. when it is raining heavily. That is just common sense, surely? What might not be common sense is to put your headlights on if a strong sun is behind you - so that oncoming traffic can see you a little more clearly.

What bugs me is when I want to parallel park by the side of the road. I indicate left, and stop a car length beyond the space I want to reverse into, and wait until it is clear behind for me to reverse. Half the time though, some **** comes up and stops right behind me !! So my car is waiting, with stop lights, left indicator, and reversing lights all showing, just ahead of a free space on the left of the road. What does the idiot behind me think I am trying to do ??? Why then, does said idiot pull up right behind me and block me?
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Old 20th Mar 2022, 10:30
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Treadi, don't do that mate. The cars you are overtaking will think you are having a go at them and hassling them, so not surprisingly they will take offence at you. One day someone might 'hassle' you back which could be very unpleasant. Just indicate normally and pass them safely. (Yes, you have to keep watching the vehicle you are overtaking as well, just in case).

Am very surprised that people need to be told to put lights on when the visibility is poor, e.g. when it is raining heavily. That is just common sense, surely? What might not be common sense is to put your headlights on if a strong sun is behind you - so that oncoming traffic can see you a little more clearly

What bugs me is when I want to parallel park by the side of the road. I indicate left, and stop a car length beyond the space I want to reverse into, and wait until it is clear behind for me to reverse. Half the time though, some **** comes up and stops right behind me !! So my car is waiting, with stop lights, left indicator, and reversing lights all showing, just ahead of a free space on the left of the road. What does the idiot behind me think I am trying to do ??? Why then, does said idiot pull up right behind me and block me?
For the simple reason that common sense is in fact increasingly uncommon.

Also despite the fact that scientists would have us believe that hydrogen is the most common element in the universe, I am increasingly convinced that the most common element is in fact Stupidity…
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Old 20th Mar 2022, 10:57
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Originally Posted by Uplinker View Post
Treadi, don't do that mate. The cars you are overtaking will think you are having a go at them and hassling them, so not surprisingly they will take offence at you. One day someone might 'hassle' you back which could be very unpleasant. Just indicate normally and pass them safely. (Yes, you have to keep watching the vehicle you are overtaking as well, just in case).
Don't worry, I should have said I used to do it - I rarely overtake anyone now other than on dual carriageways and as I am only driving hire cars, I'd probably hit the washer bottle rather than the main beam flasher! So many people driving with Smallcox Syndrome these days...
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Old 20th Mar 2022, 13:11
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Note to self: Don’t buy a Renault.

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Old 20th Mar 2022, 13:31
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Don’t buy a Renault
It's one of those things - my wife and I have had a couple of Renaults each, I had a Citroen from new in 1994 to 172,000 miles and they were all good and reliable
Maybe we were lucky to have had Tuesday built cars instead of Friday afternoon/Monday morning built cars.
It seems that at the price point we could afford at the time, most cars had their issues, you were either lucky or unlucky in whether you bought a lemon or not. My cars were always serviced regularly, I guess that had an impact on their longevity.
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Old 20th Mar 2022, 14:18
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Renaults ...
A '90s Megane I owned had niggling electrical faults, like-wise my partner's two Clios. They both had heater issues - I spent a week of evenings changing a heater matrix, which involved stripping out virtually everything between the front seats and engine bulkhead to get access. Difficult to bleed properly as well. The spare wheel exposed to the weather and road dirt on a rusting cradle underneath the boot was a daft idea too. No more French cars in this household.
My 1992 Audi 80 is generally easy to work on; no corrosion either, thanks to about 15 galvanised layers on the chassis and bodywork.
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Old 20th Mar 2022, 15:37
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Originally Posted by Blues&twos View Post
It's one of those things… Maybe we were lucky to have had Tuesday built cars instead of Friday afternoon/Monday morning built cars.
It seems that at the price point we could afford at the time, most cars had their issues, you were either lucky or unlucky in whether you bought a lemon or not. My cars were always serviced regularly, I guess that had an impact on their longevity.
It boggled my mind when I heard that you shouldn’t buy a car from Detroit that was built on a Monday, presumably due to too many people being hungover.

I have no idea how you would know what day your car was built, but to me it meant that they knew that 20% of their cars were of inferior quality.

Mind you, due to union rules, there was probably nothing the manufacturers could do about it.
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Old 21st Mar 2022, 10:00
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Originally Posted by Uplinker View Post
What bugs me is when I want to parallel park by the side of the road. I indicate left, and stop a car length beyond the space I want to reverse into, and wait until it is clear behind for me to reverse. Half the time though, some **** comes up and stops right behind me !! So my car is waiting, with stop lights, left indicator, and reversing lights all showing, just ahead of a free space on the left of the road. What does the idiot behind me think I am trying to do ??? Why then, does said idiot pull up right behind me and block me?
This is easy. Having failed to realise you're planning to reverse into a parking space (because they're stupid) they want you to proceed forward as quickly as possible. It's well known that the best way to make the car in front of you accelerate forwards is to get as close to it as as you can; the same technique is widely used on motorways. I assume it must work through opposing magnets or something...
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Old 21st Mar 2022, 10:17
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It boggled my mind when I heard that you shouldn’t buy a car from Detroit that was built on a Monday, presumably due to too many people being hungover.
I still recall my dad telling me that one of Kenyan Cherokees which he often flew had been involved in an accident after a tech problem and he said it always had something going wrong - "a Friday afternoon aircraft" as he described it. That conversation was 50 years ago!

Modern flawed designs - supermarket shelving labels; why is much of the info often so small? Hard to read if it's low down; I can bend down if necessary but I'd prefer to be able to read price per kilo or whatever easily so I can compare the item with that one without having to handle everything, then grab 'n' go.
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Old 21st Mar 2022, 10:43
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Why on earth are many small appliance three-pin electrical mains plugs now designed with the cable exiting at the top instead of trailing from the bottom? When plugging them into difficult to reach sockets, like behind a desk, it doesn't take much for the cable to get trapped between the pins.
I've also encountered similar 'strangely' configured plug packs here in Australia. I've been advised, and research seems to confirm, that Chinese power outlets have the earth pin in the 12 o'clock position on a three pin plug. This is upside from the Australian standard where the earth pin is in the 6 o'clock position on the legal General Power Outlet (GPO) - similar to many other countries in my experience.

These days in the Australian (and NZ markets) a lot of power plugs - whether as plugs to be wired by the consumer - or moulded to the cable for the appliance come in a variety of angular cable outlets. 120 & 210 degrees are relatively common.

It's one more example of different standards for different countries. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_...ity_by_country


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Old 21st Mar 2022, 11:23
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Regretfully I have found that if I follow a slower vehicle at a safe distance in the "fast" lane, then (s)he often remains in that lane. As mentioned elsewhere, a headlamp flash engenders road rage, and the German left (UK = right) flasher technique is not understood in the UK, so only by closing to a less than wise distance does the message get through that I arrived behind them because I was previously travelling faster thaan them.
So these magnets really work!
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Old 21st Mar 2022, 13:52
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I wonder which day of the week was responsible for the water filter in my Kinshasa apartment 30 years ago! Maybe someone on the cutting bench was day-dreaming about The Leaning Tower of Pisa ...




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Old 21st Mar 2022, 13:59
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Originally Posted by visibility3miles View Post
It boggled my mind when I heard that you shouldn’t buy a car from Detroit that was built on a Monday, presumably due to too many people being hungover.
How true! 40% of work absences happen on a Friday or Monday!
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Old 21st Mar 2022, 14:45
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Some toasters, like our Kenwood, do.
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