Except he didn't did he ? So that while most people use their cars
as the most convenient way of getting from A to B with the least
aggravation, you try and use yours as a way of settling old scores
with various groups in society. In this case overpaid police
drivers. Except that you failed.
Aside from failed attempts to fool police drivers, try that too
often with types who think it perfectly acceptable to drive a few
feet behind you in a slow moving motorway queue and you eventually
end up getting shunted; with all the accompanying aggravation.
When in the trance like conditions which can be invoked by a slow
moving traffic queue some drivers need the constant stimulation
of brake lights coming on in front of them as a wake-up call.
Like a lot of of the responses in this thread, one might be almost
led to think that your only experience of actual driving was on
red dirt roads dodging the occasional kangaroo.
Hardly, it seems only one is doing that at the moment and his name is
at the top of this post.
You can never hope to avoid all use of brakes, but brake use can be
reduced dramatically by leaving enough space and constantly scanning
back and forth to the far distance for potential hazards and maximising
sight lines. You keep an eye on the vehicle ahead, but never rely on
his seeing the hazards ahead of him assume he is asleep at the wheel,
often you may well be right - so you take every opportunity to see well
I have near 55 years of zero claims, despite my being on the road
around the EU and UK much of my life.
And plenty of those who don't find it intimidating find it a damned
nuisance to have to be more careful about when you brake so that
the fool behind you doesn't end up running into the back of your car.
I went over to Bangor on the A5 a few years back, in a Cavalier SRi,
with the uprated brakes. Shortly afterwards I noticed a vibration under
braking... when it happened again after I went back I decided to use the
engine a bit more over the Welsh mountains.
Brakes aren't _that_ much better than they were then.
I'm not, because I know its because I don’t use the brakes that much.
But when you only change the pads once in 45 years,
its hardly surprising that the discs are still fine.
I don’t normally slow the car at the lights with brakes. I do usually
apply the brakes just at the end so the car doesn’t drift forwards
or backwards while waiting for the lights to change, but that
obviously doesn’t wear the brake pads any.
Not with me. I hardly ever use the brakes in hilly country
except when actually pulling to a stop before applying
the handbrake after I have stopped.
I do very little engine braking in the sense
of changing down a gear in hilly country.
Sure, but there arent to many that do a hill like that daily or weekly.
I had a pad on my Renault 20 wear down to the backing, which made
for a gentle run home. There was a monitoring wire which fed an
indicator, but because it was on the easiest side to run the
wire, it was also on the side of the caliper which wore least.
Chris J Dixon Nottingham UK
Wonder if it would vary according to LHD or RHD? More dust etc to the
brake nearest the kerb?
But chances are one caliper was partially seized if one side wore down
much sooner than the other. As you get plenty of warning on the side with
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Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
Sorry, I wasn't quite clear. Both wheels were monitored, but only
one pad on each.
As it seemed to me at the time, the pad on which the cylinder
pressed directly had worn least. I reasoned that, without
anything having seized, the mass of caliper probably acted to
leave the other pad slightly more in contact with the disk when
I only had the car for a couple of years from new, not a lot of
miles, but the first set of pads also took the disks very close
to the scrapping limit. I was not particularly pleased.
Chris J Dixon Nottingham UK
Er, are you saying that when brake pads have sensor wires, only some of the
pads and some of the wheels have those sensors? That makes the very big
assumption that the pad with the wire happens to be the pad that wears
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