I've just waved goodbye to Thömas, who is now wending his way down to the South Coast in his old MG, hoping for a return trip without break-downs. I sometimes like the idea of a vintage car to drive, but then I remember that I prefer a car which gets you to your destination with the minimum amount of stress and worry.
Dentists seem to like spending hours in filthy garages, grazing their knuckles and getting covered in oil. It must be a sort of therapy for them.
Having just re-visited Cro's post on the tiny portable electronic jump-starters, I have come to believe that the world of male drivers is divided into two camps: those who approve of day-running lights on modern vehicles and those who would use any excuse to justify their disapproval.
I wonder if the people (men) that condemn daytime running lights for reasons of fuel economy use the air-conditioning systems during the hot weather that is often experienced in places like Australia, where they were mandatory until someone pointed out that fuel consumption went up by a staggering -1% when side lights were switched on? I wonder if any of them accelerate hard as I do when I get bored with driving slowly?
No, the real reason why some people don't like daylight running lights is that they don't like being told what to do. Older models of Volvo gave you the choice of using them or not, but the later models do not have the tiny screw beneath the light switch which allows you to turn them off. I have a friend who bought a newer V70 and was furious when he found he couldn't turn the lights off, and he wasn't a night-time getaway driver.
Someone (a man) also said that daylight running lights dazzle oncoming drivers. Not true. They are low beam, not full beam.
Someone else (yes, a man) said that the day running lights often obscured the yellow indicator lights. Yes, this is sometimes true but it is to do with bad design. Modern cars with LED lights have suffered from bad design by bad designers bunching LED clusters in decorative patterns around the indicators - just because they can. It is worth noting that fuel consumption figures for cars fitted with LEDs is even lower than ones with tungsten, i.e. negligible.
Right. That's settled. You will be forced to make your car a little safer whether you like it or not.
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