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  1. Many recent cars have this tech (ie movement tracing) installed already. The issue is not just about emmissions. Something needs be done about plain congestion (which is what the London charge was originally about) as it is a waste of time and money, and traffic makes life generally unpleasant, apart from the accident toll. At least the tax on petrol/diesel is a type of tax-per-mile, and a significant one, but if you don't tax EVs by a similar amount per mile it will only encourage even more car usage and traffic. Your suggestion makes the marginal cost of driving trivial (like for EVs today) so does nothing to discourage it. Wind farms are useless when the wind does not blow (like today), and solar panels are useless in the dark, so those conventional power stations* are still needed, even if they stand doing nothing a lot of the time. The capital cost of this backup needs to be added to any economic valuation of wind power and solar, which its advocates find it convenient to ignore. Wind/solar power is at a similar stage to EVs - in a honeymoon period of being carried along on the coat-tails of the older systems - ie the EVs are subsidised by the taxation on IC vehicles (at the very least they are getting free or very cheap road usage) and wind generation is being propped up by conventional power stations during calm. Nuclear power might not attract investement right now, but is the inescapable solution in the long run, unless we go back to burning fossil fuel. * Or an implausible amount of battery capacity
  2. There will be charging by the mile of road use; probably more in cities, taking over from congestion charges. Some tax will remain on petrol and diesel as a pollution tax. While possible, it is not practical to separate the usage of electricity at home into domestic use and vehicle charging - possible, but too easily circumvented. We are only seeing a honeymoon period of EV usage at present, but that will come to an end as they become more popular.
  3. Indeed. If caravans had evolved only along the lines of turntable chassis (as - you know what I mean - old time horse-drawn caravans were), and then post-1990 (say) someone came along with the idea of a single axle caravan, I don't doubt that the single axle idea would have been promptly banned as potentially unstable and too dangerous.
  4. Not on the USA-centric forums I often use. The USA meaning of the term basically means a poor, white, agricultural worker, and it refers to the back of his neck getting sunburned from stooping over the crops he is tending. Perhaps equivalent to the UK "bumpkin". It is meant as an insult to imply someone of low intelligence, but with a large over-estimate of their own capabilities and a cowboy mentality. Hooking a fifth-wheel caravan onto a beaten-up trailer with some home-spun welding is definitely redneck. While the rig pictured is obviously flaky and would be illegal, there would be nothing unstable with a properly designed and constructed equivalent, even if it would still not be allowable under UK/EU law. That was the arrangement with horse-drawn artillery where the intermediate trailer, the limber. effectively made the two-wheeled gun into a 4-wheeled cart with a steerable front axle, relieving the horses of the weight of the gun trail. This arrangement continued even into WW2 with motorised tractors. Of course, wrt overrun braking, American trailers use electrically signalled braking. https://i.pinimg.com/originals/1e/c0/be/1ec0be69e52a1c5ccf4aaf136c371fe8.jpg
  5. The point is to fool the politicians who make the laws about this stuff. Politicians generally have a very poor grasp of anything technical.
  6. That sounds unlikely, do you have a reference for that? A non-Greanpeace one please as they have a reputation for telling lies, supposedly for the greater good. The development ot lead-free engines by car makers was made imperative by legislation enacted in phases from the early 1970's and was initiated by indications of such legislation long before that. As descibed here for example : https://www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-a-brief-history-of-octane
  7. I have been a passenger several times with drivers who frightened me by the risks they took, and I can state catagorically they had not been drinking. Some drivers do crazy things by their nature. Hammering the alcohol tolerance level down further is barking up the wrong tree IMHO. More should be done about crazy and illegal driving in itself. The effect of drink varies greatly with the individual. It is said that drink brings out people's inner nature - eg inherently aggressive people become more aggressive, pessimistic people become more pessimistic and you can argue that pessimism is a good thing when driving - thinking that child might step off the pavement for example. Being sober does not help if you skim along the edge of the pavement where there are children (I often see it) because even the fastest reaction time won't help. Selection for RAF pilots includes personality assessment - it would be no bad thing if that were extended to the driving test.
  8. They put the winch drive in the rear luggage area, underneath the large trap door to the shallow storage space underneath, so you need to empty enough luggage to get the trap door open. Makes you wonder if these designers ever try out their own creations or at least have some imagination. In fact I made a hole in the trap door so I can drive the winch without opening it - made a neat job of it with a bezel around it. It is close to the back so not much luggage, if any, would need moving. Needless to say you don't want to keep any wheel changing kit under the trap door or it would defeat the object.
  9. Indeed. I started looking at page 1 and was puzzled by someone asking if it was OK to buy a car off the internet. I was thinking of replying "No!" because I thought he meant buying without seeing it, but then from the thread it seemed he meant finding a car on the internet. How else does one find a car to buy these days? Then I saw the date!
  10. On cordless drills, people are far too keen to use power tools for what are really trivial jobs. I often see Youtube videos of people fetching a cordless screwdriver to do up a couple of small screws. As an engineer it sometimes makes me flinch to watch. It is different in a mass-production factory,where the torque will have been set exactly for the job, and some muppet has thousands of screws to do up every day. It is also different if you have some disability. Winding caravan steadies by hand brace, including feeling when they are fully up or are down to an appropriate moderate pressure, is a trivial job in terms of both time and effort compared with the rest of the "chores" involved in pitching.
  11. Your thief must have been a contortionist. The underslung spare on my Jeep is alloy and being rarely cleaned* it is badly corroded. It is so ugly I would only want to use it except for an emergency, and no thief would want it, although they might not realise that until after they cut the cable. I'd be happier with a steel spare (properly painted steel corrodes less), full size of course. It is a palaver and heavy work to get my spare up and down, and would not want to do it every trip! The handbook says winch it up with the "beauty side" up (to protect it more). Perhaps I'd be better to have the "beauty side" down so a thief could see how ugly it was in fact, with corrosion. * I occasionally take it down to check the pressure.
  12. VW Golf, 2nd generation. My daughter's but I had to maintain it. Constant problems the worst of which was random cutting out of the ignition. I gave up trying to trace it and took it to an auto electrical specialist, and they gave up too. In the end it caught fire out on the road and burned out. Could say that was the worst problem, but more a blessed relief. IDK how VWs got a reputation for relibility (have they still?). It was probably from their air-cooled days when there was less to go wrong. OTOH my wife had a succession of BL Metros over the years (and passed down to daughter too) and they were utterly dependable. It was a shame that the media had it in for Metros from Day 1, helping to kill the UK car industry.
  13. Surely it is a good idea to get advice or at least opinions on this sort of matter beforehand? That is partly what forums like this are for.
  14. Just reading this, looks more like a "my satnav is worse than yours" squabbling match
  15. I use what you would probably call winter tyres all the time - General Grabber AT. Is there supposed to be a problem with that? I don't drive to anywhere near the limit of my tyres - perhaps I'm missing out in life.
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