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Re: Retirement
« Reply #75 on: January 27, 2019, 05:42:01 PM »




   Why not build one of these ? they come in kit form . Would set off the Berlingo a treat


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Re: Retirement
« Reply #76 on: January 27, 2019, 05:55:16 PM »

Very nice but I leave the Berlingo in the parking place of this when holidaying  :-)
I just need to empty the garage of unnecessary items to get the tug in there  :-))
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Re: Retirement
« Reply #77 on: January 27, 2019, 06:10:52 PM »

I've had a good rummage about the car today and found what I believe to be an element for heated seats
I'm guessing all I need is a switch unit to complete the instal


Element circled here
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Re: Retirement
« Reply #78 on: January 27, 2019, 07:17:30 PM »

I'll look for the switch module connection socket and put a short on it. If the seats get warm I'll buy a switch of my own choice rather than something from the group at an inflated price
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« Reply #79 on: January 27, 2019, 07:41:22 PM »

I'm only seeing springs and plastic locating pieces.
The heat pad is normally under on top of the foam just under the cover material.Are you sure you're not looking at the wiring for the occupancy sensor for the seatbelt warning/airbag disable system?
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« Reply #80 on: January 27, 2019, 07:48:13 PM »

No the metal tubing is the element and if you look carefully both ends have a wire to them and it goes up the seat backs too.
Apparently its common for Berlingo and Partner XTR models to have them fitted but incomplete unless paid for
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« Reply #81 on: January 27, 2019, 07:51:36 PM »

I'm not sure - why would they be heating the space under the seat? How will that heat your bum?
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Re: Retirement
« Reply #82 on: January 27, 2019, 07:52:46 PM »

Heat rises
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« Reply #83 on: January 27, 2019, 08:01:45 PM »

Very true and you can never be quite sure what is fitted but not connected but the 'element' appears to be held in place by plastic straps which seems a bit odd. Also I thought that the heated seat elements looked more like the ones you find woven into electric blankets. Those look more like oven elements!

In my car when turning on the heated seats the heat is evenly distributed which suggests elements in a pad. Could the wires to your ' elements' simply be some sort of earth return? They look like part of the springing to me but I stand to be corrected.

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Re: Retirement
« Reply #84 on: January 27, 2019, 08:03:29 PM »

Could be right Colin. Anythings a bonus but not disappointed with what I have  :-)


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Re: Retirement
« Reply #86 on: January 27, 2019, 09:20:23 PM »


Cruise control in Retirement?

A yet to be published report from a group of academics in Australia has studied 'cruise control on long road journeys [ a few hours+] on drivers with increased age groups', this suggests that using such devices may be linked to a reduction of mental alertness or awareness O0


This they suggest has a direct correlation to lack of direct stimuli to the brain.......and potential consequences in road accident/incidents


I no longer use my vehicles cruise control function on any journey............


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Re: Retirement
« Reply #87 on: January 27, 2019, 09:24:20 PM »

Interesting but not the same environment.
The level of traffic in the UK will not allow complacency  {-)  probably more traffic in Yorkshire than the whole of OZ  %%


Like 40 million vehicles in UK in 1/32 of the space of Australia with less than 20 million


Cruising on our roads requires as much concentration in reading the speed of traffic ahead and behind as driving manually but without the need to use accelerator or brakes.
A single tap will alter speed up or down by 1 mph but a long tap will alter speed by 5mph. So 2 long taps gets you from 60 to 70 very quickly. A lot of thought and anticipation goes into successful cruise operation on academic free UK roads  ;) and very stimulating for the grey cells  :-))
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Re: Retirement
« Reply #88 on: January 27, 2019, 11:05:28 PM »

So 2 long taps gets you from 60 to 70 very quickly  changes down as well?
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« Reply #89 on: January 27, 2019, 11:53:33 PM »

Looks like a Charles de Gaul design mascarading as Guy Faulks   {-)


Alternatively. with the addition of a steel tray....you could stop by the roadside & BBQ a few lamb chops :P
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Re: Retirement
« Reply #90 on: January 28, 2019, 06:12:42 AM »

On closer inspection I think itís just the seat springs  :o
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Re: Retirement
« Reply #91 on: January 28, 2019, 06:15:27 AM »

So 2 long taps gets you from 60 to 70 very quickly  changes down as well?
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« Reply #92 on: January 28, 2019, 06:32:32 AM »

opps......... my apologies to Messrs de Gaulle & Fawkes for my incorrect spelling typos  :embarrassed:
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Re: Retirement
« Reply #93 on: January 28, 2019, 09:06:44 AM »


Cruising on our roads requires as much concentration in reading the speed of traffic ahead and behind as driving manually but without the need to use accelerator or brakes.


Precisely!

Intelligent use of  cruise control enables you to concentrate more on the other threats to our existence that exist on our roads.

I used the cruise control on my company supplied cars since the 80s, and back then I was driving 1000 miles/wk. Nowadays I drive a lot less, 17000 miles/yr, but I still use it extensively.
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Re: Retirement
« Reply #94 on: January 28, 2019, 12:13:41 PM »

I find that the use of cruise control allows me to give more attention to drivers around me as I am no longer spending a lot of my time checking my speed to stay within the speed limit. As a motorcyclist I feel that I am probably giving more attention to what is going on a round me than many car drivers.
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Re: Retirement
« Reply #95 on: January 28, 2019, 12:44:48 PM »

I miss my 2012 Z4 convertible with 8 speed auto gearbox.  <:(
Flappy paddles to change up or down when you wanted a bit of 'fun' and no faffing around with waggly gearstick and clutch. Far more engaging drive, leave it in auto mode at other times so you can concentrate on driving and braking.

Only used cruise on motorways, waste of time on other roads even dual carriageways. Current car (wife's) has cruise but again,only use it on motorways.
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« Reply #96 on: January 28, 2019, 01:02:45 PM »

Hi Jimg, as an ex motor cyclist, I think what you say is more with the biker than those who go straight to cars. 

Maybe a bit contraversial but I have often seen drivers turning to talk to passengers when they should have been looking where they were going.  You could not do that on a bike.
 Another thing is peripheral vision.  I remember many years ago on TV some children had an experiment running where they checked adults peripheral vision.  The less angle you had, tied up very well with the car accident rate of the adult.
Easy enough to check and might make the person aware of any problems they were previously unaware of.
Thanks for the info on cruise control, I have it but have never used it and probably will not use it now.
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Re: Retirement
« Reply #97 on: January 28, 2019, 01:05:14 PM »


Only used cruise on motorways, waste of time on other roads even dual carriageways. Current car (wife's) has cruise but again,only use it on motorways.


Other opinions are available.......... ok2

I use cruise control on dual carriageways and single ones too, but as the occasion requires.
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« Reply #98 on: January 28, 2019, 01:27:02 PM »

The point re periphereal vision is important. DVLA use the Esterman test to measure it. Google for more information.  Most large opticians can give you this if you want.  It is similar to the visual field test you are given for each eye separately in a regular eye checkup but you have both eyes open and the light flashes are brighter.

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Re: Retirement
« Reply #99 on: January 28, 2019, 01:27:17 PM »

About the last dozen or so cars I have owned have all had cruise control, the Merc also had speed limiter.   On the earliest car I tried out the cruise control but hit the problem of what you do with your right foot ?  If you move your foot  back from the acc pedal you loose the sensory location position and if an emergency braking situation arises you loose a vital second ensuing your foot has moved forward on to the brake and not hit the accelerator. If you leave your foot resting against the accelerator you might as well control your speed with it. At least driving thus you are sure of your foot location and know just how much to move it to hit the brake pedal dead centre.
 Also I did not like way that when clicking resume the cars changed down two cogs and accelerated like mad to get back to the set speed. Have not tried the feature on latest cars.
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