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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11th December 2017, 20:38 Thread Starter
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Have you got any favourite winter driving tips? I suppose it depends on whether you're in the city or out in the sticks but here's a couple of mine.

1. If you're giving another car a jump start learn which way round and in which sequence to connect the cables. If you get it wrong you can cause serious electrical damage to your car.

2. Take advantage of the slippery roads to exercise your ABS braking system. Find a quiet stretch of road or an empty car park with a slippery surface, take the car up to about 10 to 15 mph and press the brakes hard which will bring on the ABS. You'll hear the pump running and the brake pedal will pulse up and down, and it will probably make a bit of noise while it's doing all this

The point is to get fresh brake fluid through the ABS unit, including the pump and valves which otherwise just sit static if you normally just brake sensibly.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11th December 2017, 20:40 Thread Starter
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If you're not sure how ABS wiorks then this picture might help:




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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 12th December 2017, 00:44
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 13th December 2017, 09:48
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Very good Victor



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Yes my winter driving tip is if you not sure about driving in bad conditions don't there's enough drivers who don't drive to the conditions of the road it may not even be your fault but some other idiots driving.
The amount of drivers who don't even have the sense to turn there lights on in heavy rain let alone snow

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+ 1 for the above but have to admit "light crime". We get a lot of really dark overcast days in December and I was driving the wife's Toyota the other day when a car passed me and turned their lights on and off a couple of times. First thought maybe the rear fog light was on so I asked her where the switch was but from the blank look I might s well have been talking Swahili. Turns out I had no lights on but the car has LED DRL's on it and the instrument panel is partially ulluminated with the ignition. So, need to smarten up a bit in future.

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Hi VictorMuch appreciated,especially on the ABS regarding the static brake fluid.
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+ 1 for the above but have to admit "light crime". We get a lot of really dark overcast days in December and I was driving the wife's Toyota the other day when a car passed me and turned their lights on and off a couple of times. First thought maybe the rear fog light was on so I asked her where the switch was* but from the blank look I might s well have been talking Swahili. Turns out I had no lights on but the car has LED DRL's on it and the instrument panel is partially ulluminated with the ignition. So, need to smarten up a bit in future.*
Think DLRS will be fitted to the rear of cars in years to come

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Hi VictorMuch appreciated,especially on the ABS regarding the static brake fluid.
Happy to pass it on Delta1

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[Think DLRS will be fitted to the rear of cars in years to come
We've already got them, they're called high level brake lights, realy handy for getting rid of tailgaters and ppl with cheap Ebay HID poorly aligned headlights sitting behind you at night.

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