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Many more car assists mandatory from 2014, courtesy of the EU


TopCat®
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Talk about the speaking clock and the satnavs! :) Seriously though, I expect some 'assists' will be of help to some drivers. For myself, then I'm afraid I'd be soon looking for the main cut off button in order to retain my sanity. :)

Are we all sitting comfortably? Then here comes the story

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Quickbeam

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You can replicate that type of motoring today by turning the heater off and driving in Snow Queen type fur mitts... or buy a motor bike.

When that was my only form of transport, I would be close to tears from the pain after riding the 8 miles to work on sub-zero mornings. The best way to warm my hands up without suffering more pain was to run the cold water tap over them for a few minutes, and then let it warm up slowly to no more than luke warm until the pain was gone.

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Bing.alau

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Quickbeam. I suffer from Reynaud's Phenomenon and sometimes even in summer if I touch something cold my fingers turn blue. Trying to warm them again when driving then becomes a problem and the only answer I have found is to put them down between my legs one at a time of course. Gloves in winter are o.k. but sometimes nothing helps and thawing out using water brings a sort of chilblains effect. It's one of those nuisance sort of complaints that nobody takes really seriously too. But it can affect driving and I imagine would be even worse on a motor cycle.

My new car has heated seating, I promise not to drive along with my hands under my bum... I would love a modern assist in the form of a heated steering wheel though.

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Woolwell

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Bing.alau - Would heated driving gloves help? Most are made for bikes but I think that there are others suitable for cars, but a bit expensive.

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Bing.alau

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Woolwell. I've considered that in the past, but it's really not worth it. The fingers gradually come back to normal after a while and it is forgotten. I could take tablets for it, but as I already take too many tablets I have opted out of that solution. I prefer to put up with it and wait for it to subside.

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csqwared

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Would any of the integral assistants have helped this guy?

Whoops!!

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Bing.alau

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I just hope they were all insured fully comp.

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morddwyd

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"I would be close to tears from the pain after riding the 8 miles to work on sub-zero mornings"

I can remember the police loading me and my bike into the back of their Landrover on Shap Fell on the old A6 in January 1958 as the road was closed in front of me and behind me. I sat there with my (gloved) hands firmly clamped round the still hot cylinder, until they complained about my moans of pain and the smell of burning leather!

They expressed some surprise when I said I was on my way from Stranraer to Cardiff!

I also suffer from Reynaud's Disease in the form of Vibration White Finger, which I think was probably caused by long distance biking over many years.

One of the reasons I gave up biking, just about five years ago (though I've still hot the bike!) was, in addition to arthritic thumbs, that the VWF had got so bad that even with heated grips in the summer I could not safely go for more that twenty minutes before all the blood capillaries shut down in my hands and they became unresponsive - not very good on a bike!

Like Bingalau says, nothing helps except changing the condition which is causing it.

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Grey Goo

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So you have your Tripcomputer,electric heated seats (with memory)City Safety,traction control,electronic climate control,auto dipping rear view mirrors,rain sensor wipers,electric child locks,Bluetooth,DAB radio,umpteen speakers driven by a large wattage amp,voice activated SATNAV,auto transmission,all the bells and whistles. Then you get a puncture and staring you in the face is a tin of gunge and a compressor,no sign of a jack and some dodgy instructions on how to make yout tyre irrepairable at the local tyre Dude's shop.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Grey Goo

Isn't there an AA symbol on the dash for that?

:0)

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Bing.alau

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Grey Goo, you forgot about the indoor loo. Now there's an addition not to be sneezed at. Some of us only stop because we need to go.

Yes I have heard of people using a bottle so they wouldn't have to stop.

Link up the idea of an indoor loo with the woman who thought she could leave the controls, because she had put her vehicle in cruise control and hey presto! (it can only happen in the good ole US of A. of course, or can it happen here too).

Yes I know my mind goes haywire at times. It's an age thing.

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