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


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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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Woolwell

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Last time I used a starting handle I think was on an Austin A40 Farina. The last car that I owned that had one was a Renault 4.

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Bing.alau

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WTM Perhaps he has been watching "Ice Cold In Alex"?

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WhiteTruckMan

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Possibly. But as I recall they took the spark plugs out first in the movie.

WTM

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Quickbeam

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Ice Cold In Alex is my favourite afternoon TV matinée film for a wet afternoon.

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Quickbeam

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Kind Hearts and Coronets comes a close second...

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oresome

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My Russian Lada has a starting handle. It was purchased new in 1976 for the princely sum of £1285, less £300 part exchange for the Reliant Regal van conversion.

Seeing the type of cars I favour, you will realise why I think you lot are mollycoddled wimps!

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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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