Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Ban the lot of them!


Anyone over the age of 30, with a driving license, a car and perhaps a wife/girlfriend, mother-in-law and children should read on…if not, don’t worry, make a note of the web address, date and come back and visit when you do have fulfilled the criteria as stated above..

There is a “pressure group” (don’t ask me why it is called a pressure group, I just state what I read…perhaps they apply pressure on someone…) called Break, who has suggested that Sat-nav might be distracting and should be banned. I looked through their website and whilst I did not see the group being endorsed by Jeremy Clarkson or Richard Hammond, from Top Gear, I thought that perhaps they might make sense…well we don’t want people dying on the roads do we??

So what is Break and what do they stand for? Well, they claim that their aim is;

To prevent death and injury on the roads through education of all road users and campaigning for Government improvements to road safety.
To care for people who are bereaved or affected by serious injury in a road crash through support services, including a helpline and literature distributed through police officers.

So why is this important I hear you ask whilst taking a brake from your oily, daily grind…It is important because again someone with very little or no intelligence have stated the bloody obvious and had it printed in the papers…here is what they said…

Sat-nav systems are a dangerous distraction and should be banned! Distracted drivers are responsible for 387 crashes where a person is killed or seriously injured every year according to research carried out by Green Flag, the breakdown service…”They found that 57% of motorists admitted to driving while distracted by something in the car…”

WOW!…hold the press…ban driving, stereos, mother-in-laws, wives with an inability to read a map, and close all motorways cafes, and little tuck shops along the A40…

It makes me wonder how much they paid for that research, and who is sitting at home laughing for having cashed in on the deal?

Number one! Of course a Sat-nav is going be distractive, tiny screen which you cannot see when the sun is out and a female voice tells you to turn right in 50 meters, using Bavarian English, and where there is no road…you will turn, because otherwise she will synchronise herself with her sister Hilda from Munich who is dressed in leather and like to spank men like you…so you will turn even though there is no road….

Stereo…who has not driven from Oxford to London on the A40/M40 to hear your radio changing channels 12 times…you started with Steve Right and by the time you are in Hanger Lane you have the Archers… of course you are going to fiddle with the knob…tune it, back to Wright…

Kids…longer than 3 miles in a car with kids and they start to eat the interior of the car, because YOU wanted to bring a pack of Kipling’s Jungle Book audio cd’s instead of Casino Royal with Daniel Craig played on two 7” screens at the back of your headrest, via the laptop which would have been kitted out with a 3G card so the kids could do their MSN chatting whilst you where telling them to look out of the window to see how lovely the country side is…

The Mother-in-law…the one who insists of telling you about Maureen who just had an operation to stop her from wetting herself, when eating pasta, and insists in telling you all of the details, which will take up 85% of the estimated time of the journey…the only time she was quiet was when she went to the loo, every two miles and insisted in telling you how lovely and clean the toilets where…

The Wife…she who has more power than Obi-Wan Kenobi, but for some reason have no clue how to use the “Force” she will insist that you stop so she can read the map??? If I stop the car I can read the bloody map myself you say…Big mistake, her eyes light up like a light sabre and you know, that even though there is no legal place for you to pull over you will stop and ignore the jam behind you, but take my advise, central lock the doors otherwise the “Rugrats” from the back will be off in the field with Granny before you can say…”Honey let me have a look at that map”…

I am not even going to mention the mobile phone because that is just stupid…a road , on a Sunday morning, hand free call to your mate, who says…take you time to get here, tee off is not for another couple of hours…yes…I can see that that is very distracting…

…and the mother-in-law? Unfortunately she become that one statistic, she was trampled by a herd of cows at a lay-by, near Little Rissington, I did insist that it was not a traffic accident, but the officer in charge did not agree…
so I think from now on Ban the lot of them...I like it with me and Radio 2 in the car, alone, no distraction...

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Smoke and mirrors...


You would have heard the news about the cars which are coming to a sudden stop due to “dodgy fuel”…The O2 Sensor (landasond) which measures the amount of oxygen that escapes in the exhaust from the engine gets destroyed because of ethanol having “contaminated” the fuel.

Last night I saw “expert” after “expert”, including “experts” from various motoring shows on television telling us that the mix of ethanol in the petrol might have caused the sudden breakdown of the O2 sensor, and I was baffled…

Ethanol is used all over the world to run cars as it is cheaper, more efficient and perhaps more importantly greener than petrol. Today’s vehicles are fitted with various sensors that will check the input and output of fuel in the engine and whilst a mixture of 85% ethanol/15% petrol will require Teflon coating on those sensors, you should still be able to run a tank or two without having any problems. On that conclusion are we supposed to believe that the petrol being sold at the moment in the “contaminated” garages is higher than 85% ethanol…I don’t think so…

In Sweden, where the cars, the same specification cars as we have here apart from the steering wheel which is placed on the right hand side, run on a mixture of ethanol/petrol without any problems. Saying that, the higher the ethanol/petrol ratio you have might make your car a bit difficult to start when temperatures hit -15 degrees centigrade, not a factor in this country with global warming heating us up…so what is gong on here…

Is this an elaborate ploy by someone with hatred towards ethanol? Are the oil companies worried that we are going to go green and not buy their black gold any more?

One thing is for sure…the “experts” on the telly vision has not done their job properly…what is that all about…

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