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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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hssutton

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Not quite on theme,but visiting the local town today I was suprised to see all the MPV type taxis have external electric signs that light up to say doors opening. Is this part of the same legislation?

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namtas

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Carver

"All I can say is God HELP US if any body needs some thing to remind them to change gear"

You are being too simplistic, I don't need a device to tell me when to change gear but I do welcome a device that uses a computer to monitor a host of variables within the vehicle and accurately tell me at what point selecting a higher gear will aid economy.

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namtas

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"All some of these measures will do is give the idiot driver an excuse for not doing safety inspections on their car"

And if as a result it prevents said driver from having a fatal accident quicker the implementation the better.

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carver

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namtas If some body needs a device to tell them when to change gear or which gear to be in then I am afraid that that person can not read the road ahead.

Don't any of you lot ever check your cars at least once a week, or inspect your tyres before driving off, because other wise how do you know you are driving safely.

I'm not being big headed or I know better but I visually check my tyres before getting in the car.

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Quickbeam

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I believe in Liverpool it's essential to check that you have wheels as well before setting off.

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Algerian peter

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carver

Oh it must be great to be such a great driver.

The computer aid that "suggests" you may get better fuel economy if you change gear. It does not tell you TO change gear. Motor manufacturers are trying to get there cars with lowest emmisions e.g. start stop, no spare wheel and to get the best fuel efficiency from the car e.g. start stop, change gear indicator.

Would you rather we went back to no air bags, no abs,no power steering, crossplie tyres, drum breaks and shove half a dozen kids in the back of a van.Then we could all rely on our driving skills.

I think that is why we have moved over from pen and paper to computers, it's called progress.

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Pine Man

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Algerian Peter

Took the words right out of my mouth. Anything that aids efficiency and safety cannot be a bad thing.

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mark2

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I agree generally with carver, it is the driver's responsibility at all times for tyres lights etc to working correctly, and for the driver to be obeying speed limits etc, the onboard computer can't see ahead for you, or round that blind bend when it's telling you to go up a gear.

but currently even with these drivers aids, so many of the warning lights go ignored or even unnoticed by many drivers, I regularly see vehicles with brakes metal to metal even with the brake wear warning light illuminated. The answer must be better driver education rather than a computerized light display telling you what to do.

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carver

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Algerian peter

"Oh it must be great to be such a great driver"

Thank you for the complement, since when has having no spare tyre been an improvement and when people start relying on a little light inside their car to tell them their tyres are OK then they are in a dream world.

And do not suggest that I disapprove of better brakes or tyre improvement or ABS,stop start is debatable because you need a very good battery to manage it, but then ABS is now taken for granted and when it snows a lot of people just slam on their brakes and hope for the best, result accident.

If they wanted to make things safer then have a minimum stopping distance for all cars, make it compulsory to have a minimum braking efficiency of 85% at MOT time, have the minimum tread depth increased to 3mm, these are the sort of things that make cars safer.

I do a lot of driving in a 7.5 Ton Horse box and you do not just get into that and drive off, you check things then drive.

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namtas

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"speed limited on a HGV is completely different, the only time that comes into effect is on a motorway when they are not even at the maximum speed limit"

It will restrict anywhere when its limit speed is reached.

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