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Messages - Andy B

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General Car Chat / Re: 'professional drivers' .....
« on: 21 August 2020, 17:50:14 »
Found the bit of motorway   :) ... https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@53.7207725,-1.2892537,3a,75y,197.82h,69.02t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1slIIuG84nzyOdSSneDhDaDw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en-GB..

I was in the left lane .... the tipper was going to Hull and started his overtake on the uphill!

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General Car Chat / Re: 'professional drivers' .....
« on: 21 August 2020, 17:28:34 »
I must have missed the bit in the highway code that entitles HGV drivers to be driving on the limiter 100% of the time without ever lifting off or showing regard for the traffic around them. :-X
You didn't, but equally I would wager that you don't actively sit at 50-55 anywhere near them either ;)
but as above, sometimes the limit is 50, but HGV's don't often take much notice.

Or when the motorway is only doing 60/65 at rush hour & all 3 or 4 lanes are full, it's not uncommon to find said HGV right up your harris as POD says. Try going west towards Rochdale on the M62 (not that you'd want to go east  ::) ;)) at rush hour and you'll see what I mean  :y

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General Car Chat / Re: 'professional drivers' .....
« on: 21 August 2020, 17:23:46 »
I must have missed the bit in the highway code that entitles HGV drivers to be driving on the limiter 100% of the time without ever lifting off or showing regard for the traffic around them. :-X
likewise .....  ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: 'professional drivers' .....
« on: 21 August 2020, 15:30:25 »
Ok, emphasis on the indicated bit.

The indicated speed of cars is apples to the pears of indicated speed of trucks... Similar, but not the same.

If you want to sit at a speed that puts you in constant conflict with trucks, that's entirely up to you, but you can't have it both ways.  ;)

I don't see your point. What ever speed I was at, he attempted an overtake that he was never in month of Sundays ever going to mange but then wanted me to slow down to allow him to complete it .....
tosser!

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General Car Chat / Re: 'professional drivers' .....
« on: 21 August 2020, 14:30:25 »
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Also, don't forget, that 55 on your speedometer is about 51 on theirs... So if they're doing 56 (as per their limiter :-X) then that's almost 10% differential which is the bare minimum required to overtake safely.
 ......

and being that much high off the ground he'd have been able to see that there was no chance at all of achieving what he was attempting.

I used to tow at more like 60 (plus  ::)) with my previous caravan, but this one is the best part of 2 tonne, attached to the car by a teeny 50mm ball ..... I'm happier at 55  ;)
I understand that, but just be mindful that an indicated 55 is just the wrong speed... Possibly be better dropping back to 50 and let everything pass by easily ;)

It's the right speed for me  :) :)

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General Car Chat / Re: 'professional drivers' .....
« on: 21 August 2020, 12:50:42 »
....

Also, don't forget, that 55 on your speedometer is about 51 on theirs... So if they're doing 56 (as per their limiter :-X) then that's almost 10% differential which is the bare minimum required to overtake safely.
 ......

and being that much high off the ground he'd have been able to see that there was no chance at all of achieving what he was attempting.

I used to tow at more like 60 (plus  ::)) with my previous caravan, but this one is the best part of 2 tonne, attached to the car by a teeny 50mm ball ..... I'm happier at 55  ;)

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General Car Chat / Re: 'professional drivers' .....
« on: 21 August 2020, 12:46:08 »
Got to say when I am towing the caravan the majority of HGV drivers are excellent if I overtake they normally flash to inform me that I am clear to pull back into lane & I do the same for them if I am overtaken, usually thanks is acknowledged by L/R indicator flash. Calm & courteous as I was taught pays dividends.

I wasn't flashed in once going or coming back home though one HGV driver did acknowledge me flashing him in  :y

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General Car Chat / Re: 'professional drivers' .....
« on: 21 August 2020, 12:13:21 »
I ALWAYS set my cruise control at the limit plus 10%. Never have this problem then.

Best thing to do when alongside trucks in traffic, if possible, is to make sure that the back of your vehicle is level with the front axle. That way, the front of your car should be visible from their windscreen. Overhead door mirrors aren't to be relied on as most drivers don't adjust them properly and it's possible to lose the side of a dark car in the shadow... so either drop right back or keep aheadas appropriate.

I don't give shit drivers an inch, but I don't sit around and wait to get squished either. That applies whether I am driving a car or an artic.

But this HGV driver had come up from behind me, started an overtake way way too late ..... he didn't need mirrors to see me, he just needed to look out of his windscreen. Typical of what a lot of waggon drivers seem to do & drive with his foot to the floor no matter what the rest of the traffic is doing.

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General Discussion Area / Re: SIM card
« on: 21 August 2020, 10:11:38 »
we just leave the heating on but set to a slightly lower temp.  :y

That's what we did but I believe that with an iNET Box, it also allows those that store their vans away from home (in storage) to keep an eye on battery status etc.  You send an SMS to the van iNET Sim and it responds accordingly. Not sure what else it can do though.  :-\  It works on Bluetooth and SMS I believe. The Bluetooth bit puzzles me, because if you have to be in Bluetooth range, why not just pop in the van to do whatever you want it to do. Maybe I'm missing something there though.  :-\
My van was either on site with me in it, or sat in my drive plugged in anyway so battery not an issue. On site, I'd paid for my electric so it's fair to say the van was never cold.  :y

Sounds like the Mercedes Me App .... it'll tell you what's in the fuel tank, tyre pressures (if you have a direct system), where you've parked it ......  ???
How did we manage when we had to just remember from the last time we used the car?  ;D ;D

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General Discussion Area / Re: SIM card
« on: 20 August 2020, 23:47:53 »
we just leave the heating on but set to a slightly lower temp.  :y

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General Car Chat / 'professional drivers' .....
« on: 20 August 2020, 23:44:23 »
Returning home on the M1 southbound and close to joining the M62, I'm doing 55mph in cruise, as I have been for a number of miles before hand, 2 lanes bear left, I'm in the nearside lane, I'd seen a HGV (some kind of rigid tipper wagon) behind me pull out as we'd approached the turn off. As he was alongside me I was aware he was indicating left but assumed he was indicating from bearing left  :-\ ..... next thing he sounded his horn  ???  ???
He wanted me to slow down to allow him to pass me to take the next junction that we were almost at! He was the one that had JUST pulled out to overtake me. I just carried on at my set 55 mph while he braked to pull in behind me with much horn blaring!!
Tosser!

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Omega General Help / Re: 2003 2.6 read drivers side calliper
« on: 17 August 2020, 20:09:49 »
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And I really don't understand how anybody could remove a pair of 20mm vented discs and then not notice that the replacements he was installing are 12mm thick and solid. Shouldn't be allowed near brakes.

Likewise but so called professional garages have done it too ...

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General Car Chat / Re: Air con
« on: 17 August 2020, 10:05:56 »
why doe the pipe need replacing? Contrary to what some air-con 'experts' think, the valve is a separate part

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General Car Chat / Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« on: 15 August 2020, 21:32:35 »
....Our bmw has lane discipline, which pulls you back in line if you cross the white line without indicating (didn't think that one through did they  ::) ). The problem is that it sees repaired Tarmac shiny lines as the white line and pulls you about, so I've deactivated it. A great feature if you want to drive no-handed, in conjunction with ACC, down the motorway.  ::)

A bloke on the Merc forum was commenting that the lane discipline on his fairly new car reactivated each time the ignition was switched on .... same as my crash alert thing ....which is a PITA even if it doesn't actually apply the brakes

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General Car Chat / Re: Cheap daily runaround car?
« on: 14 August 2020, 21:13:08 »
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My pet hate with modern cars is requiring the driver to EVER use a touch screen while driving, especially when the software behind it takes a nap every so often.

Agreed. The touch screen radio of my Smart isn't nice to use. Fortunately my ML has a button for everything.  :y

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