Car / Driving thread (rolling) πŸš—πŸ›£οΈπŸš¦β›½πŸš—

Basically, motorway driving should be super easy and dickheads everywhere make it not easy

Maybe it’s just southerners in general :smiley:

Maybe. We are an impatient bunch

I definitely think that southerners in general drive quicker and are more aggressive.

loving the new thread title!

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that said, I have had a few proper β€˜lucky to be alive’ moments on the motorway tbh.

one was a lorry overtaking at the last moment when the lanes were merging into two, and had to get into the hard shoulder and nearly touch the barrier to avoid a crash.

another was someone going about 20kmph trying to make their mind up on whether to exit or not. didn’t see them as was coming round a somewhat blind corner and was getting dark, and nearly ploughed into the back of him. was really lucky no one was in the other lane.

this was about 9 months worth of driving.

I dunno about these days but I seem to recall in the late 80s the Spanish roads were famous for being quite dangerous.

its got a lot better recently, but people drive like maniacs where I lived because the roads are generally empty and you can get away with it.

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Yeah I looked it up and it sounds like maybe getting traffic issues down below a certain level was part of the requirements to gain full EU membership.

so Day 1 of driving me newly acquired Saab and I get an error message about left indicator light failure. I had a look from the rear and the light is working as intended, however I don’t know how to clear the error from my dash. Do I need to take it back to where I bought it so they can reset it with their fancy machines, or can I just take it to a mechanic and get it fixed (presumably for a small sum of money)? Should I expect to see this often? I’m too scared to google how common shit like this is

I’d take it back where you got it from for sure!

Take it back if it’s new, but have you checked that definitely all of the left indicators are working? You’ve probably got three - rear/front/wingmirror.

With regards resetting error messages, on my car you can do it yourself via the steering column controls. There tends to be a Youtube video for every car in existence, so worth having a look in future if you ever need to…

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will check again after work, thanks for the advice.

It said specifically β€œrear left indicator” so I got out and had a look only at that one. I know the front one is working too

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yeah definitely check all of them (including repeaters) but yes take it back if you can’t clear the error message. You’re always likely to get some dodgy electrics on an older used car and that is usually errors codes/messages that don’t clear, so I wouldn’t necessarily expect it to be fixed forever, but the garage should be able to clear it and check that it’s working correctly.

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Booked my theory test for in two weeks time :crossed_fingers:

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That sort of thing is probably more likely a wiring fault than something that can be reset with a computer tbh.

The worst I ever saw was a spade that had fallen off the back of a pickup truck on the M25 near Watford. It was laying on the road about 200m ahead of us in the middle lane, with cars swerving around it, until one of them drove over the end of the blade, which caused it to start spinning and bouncing around at about head height.

Ha sorry, I meant to change it back after the joke was made but forgot!

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Don’t really understand. Live like what?

If I were filling the car up I’d just fill it to the top but obviously I don’t have a financial worry around it due to privilege.

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Had a worry yesterday, first time in the car for a few weeks and a warning light came on - after a bit of googling we realised it was for tyre pressure. Took it to the nearest petrol station and managed to work out how to use the air hose thing and successfully did it! (Well the warning light went off at least). Incredibly simple thing I know but was ridiculously happy with myself for sorting it.

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