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  1. Well I'm sorry to say that I have all the experience you are talking about. I was a plod myself, so yes I know all about the driver training. Accident investigation, yes been there done that and got the blood stained T shirt. Have I had to to knock on doors in the early hours and invite relatives to the morgue to identify their loved ones .. yes I have. My worst experience was attending a single vehicle RTA (as they were at the time) and recognising the vehicle involve as one belonging to a friend, the fire bobbies invited me to identify the driver ... his torso was in the drivers seat ... his
  2. I'm sorry but your statement is contradictory, the only way to gain any 'slipstream ' advantage of following another vehicle is to follow it extremely closely. If you follow at a "sensible" distance then you can't possibly gain any slipstream advantage. Following at a "sensible" distance you are far more likely to be caught up in 'wake turbulence' which, far from being an advantage will actually slow you down. As for quoting fuel consumption figures it is simply impossible to quote any meaningful figures unless your car is equipped with significant amounts of technology which are most likely
  3. Washer driers are not as efficient as a washer and a seperate drier. If you only have the space for one unit then you have no choice, if you have the space then separate units will always be more efficient. Been there, done that got all the T shirts ...
  4. Wasn't it the case that when masks were required in shops the rules/advice changed to 1 metre+, down from 2 metres?
  5. As I understand it Tesco, other supermarkets, pubs, cafe's and many other places are allowed to open because they have measures in place and are deemed to be Covid complaint, there are rules that apply to these locations and provided you comply with their rules then you are allowed to be there. On that basis if two groups of five people (or 6 + 4) turn up at a pub/beer garden and comply with the house rules that is fine. Where if that group of 10 people were to meet in one person's home that would be against the rules.
  6. Anyone selling a 2006 van should expect one of the first questions to be about damp, a thoroughly realistic and justified question to ask. The sellers reaction to the question tells you ll you need to know about the seller, give him a wide berth.
  7. I've spoken with the owner of a commercial driver training organisation who I know socially. His organisation deals with everything other than basic car driver training. His explanation was that an automatic B Group licence can only be upgraded to manual if the driver retakes a B group manual test. Therefore presenting for a B+E test with an auto licence but taking the B+E test in a manual will not upgrade the licence from auto to manual. Apparently this question causes a lot of confusion because if you move onto larger C group vehicles then passing a test is no longer transmis
  8. It is nothing to do with caravans or motorhomes, their users are are a subset of society, it is standards in society at large that are declining.
  9. I've previously has an FL2 which had a hankering after visits to the dealer above and beyond servicing. Cost wise it wasn't a problem as it was a company car, but there was still the time spent to and fro the dealership and the hassle of loan cars. Out of interest what were the problems?
  10. https://www.itv.com/news/border/2020-08-17/littering-campers-forces-borrowdale-campsite-to-close
  11. You check all the network coverages here ... https://checker.ofcom.org.uk/mobile-coverage
  12. The sad truth is that it is by no means certain that those who flout the rules pay the price. All too often it is innocent bystanders, with that in mind we should all be worried.
  13. I think we all know how this works. You have to pay a premium of some sort in order to show up on the insurance database, if you don't that is a very quick route to detection by ANPR, charged with driving without insurance, confiscation of vehicle, significant fine, very difficult to obtain legit insurance in future. If you go the deceptive route the likelihood of the world crashing in is considerably reduced. Detection is only likely to arise from a serious incident resulting in a thorough inspection of the vehicle. Regrettably obtaining insurance relies on people providing acc
  14. To be fair, the thread title doesn't mention what the subject is. As others have said, it is perfectly natural for conversations to drift, to me it adds value and personally I don't see it as a problem.
  15. No one has full and perfect understanding of the virus. As a result of more research the scientists have gained more understanding and as a result have modified their advice. Dealing with the virus is a learning process, however imperfect that may sound, any advice given can only be based on best understanding at a given point in time. I do not have a problem if advice changes as more is understood.
  16. Some people are wearing masks with outlet valves, whilst these are appropriate in a workplace with certain types of atmosphere to stop you breathing IN harmful substances masks with valves make it far more likely that infection can be spread OUT from the mask. which is totally against the entire premise of why we're being told to war masks
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    I'm not sure it's related to using adblue, the minimum tax on any new ICE car starts at £140
  18. Mrs JetA1 has only ever driven auto's since she passed her (in a manual) test in 1996. Even before that I had 10 years of auto experience because of my late dad's health issues, he was advised to drive automatic. As a result I've definitely been there and done that in terms of autos. Over the last 19 years Mrs JetA1 has had just two cars, first a Daewoo Lanos, which we had for 7 years and then (now) a Hyundai Getz (which we still have), after another 12 years. Both were auto's. Actually now I think about it, long before that her first car was Suzuki Alto (auto with 800c motor
  19. At risk of not being able to quote exactly what happened it appears to pre-date the '97 licence change, before which the only 'legal' restriction appears to have been 8.25 tons GTW with no obvious legal limitations as to how that total was split between towing vehicle and trailer. Against that background and the poorer performance of vehicles in times gone by there is perhaps an element of 'common sense' in suggesting some guidelines, but exactly how the reasoning of 85% came about is obviously unclear. There are several industry bodies that might have been party to this advice, i
  20. Well, it's two and a half years since you first asked the question (Oct '17), and still no definitive answer as to the source/precise logic of the guideline. Google certainly isn't your friend on this one, do you know any good detectives?
  21. That is sobering to hear. On the radio 4 news this morning the means of transmission continues to be a topic of discussion. There seem to be many more scientists/medics now leaning towards the idea that 'aerosol' transmission could play a bigger part than previously thought. It sounds as though this results in airborn sources of infection remaining in the air much longer than previously thought there by making it easier to catch and where for instance hand washing wouldn't prevent this means of transmission. I suppose we shouldn't be surprised to see changes in advice as a result o
  22. jetA1

    Basic toolkit

    I always carried a mains socket tester in the tool kit, many different models available at different price points. https://www.screwfix.com/p/lap-ms6860d-socket-tester/91596 Would always plug in on hooking up the electrics and a handy tool to help diagnose any problems with mains sockets.
  23. I have done exactly that with each of my cars, that is why I am happy to vacuum. Engines are always hot, cars lifted to provide best possible angle for the sump plug to release the debris. In my experience it doesn't make a difference, there is no excess of crud that is released from the sump drain. And if you look carefully sump drains are not always positioned to release every last drop of oil anyway.
  24. Most 'fuel quality' problems reported at forecourts in recent years have been attributable to 'misfuelling' of the forecourt tanks not contamination as such, this is very easy to detect and prove, and relates to some of the 'supermarket' fuel issues that people refer to. The turnover, or throughput, rate of most service stations does not allow time for contaminantes to collect in tanks. I am not sure what current forecourt legislation requires but periodic testing of the tank bottom for water is a part of quality control. There should be records to prove this. Over the last 30
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