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Driving and Roads

Black Hole

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Back to DRLs: they also increase the CO2 and decrease the MPG - only slightly, I'll admit, but nonetheless...
 

EEPhil

Number 28
I was out on the motorway in bad weather yesterday, and most cars had lights on except a few - who were almost invisible at a medium distance. DRLs don't make up for that, because they only show at the front.
I was out walking this morning and saw a few cars which may have had DRLs front and rear. Obviously, I've no idea whether these were just (in)considerate drivers who had turned their sidelights on, or whether they really were front and rear DRLs. The cars that might have had rear DRLs were BMW and Toyota. Anyone know if these manufacturers produce vehicles with this option.
 

Black Hole

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By definition, DRLs are white lights on the front only and supposed to extinguish when night lighting is turned on. It is not uncommon for vans in particular to be wired so that sidelights (front and rear) are on whenever the ignition is on, and also Volvos etc, but that's not the same as DRLs. DRLs are brighter than position indicator lights (ie sidelights).
 

EEPhil

Number 28
What would you think this sign means?
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As you can see, the sign is placed in the road with cones to the centre line. What you can't see is that there is another road to the right just before the sign.

The number of idiots who belt down the road, move over to the right to pass the sign and then suddenly realise that the road ahead is, erm, closed. Then they reverse into someone's drive to do a three or more point turn and travel back up the road. :rolleyes:
 

gomezz

Well-Known Member
From your description I think the sign should say ROAD CLOSED - ACCESS ONLY rather than ROAD AHEAD CLOSED which is usually used to give advance notice of a ROAD CLOSED sign.
 

dandnsmith

Forum Supporter
Our local council have a nasty habit of putting 'road ahead closed' signs with no indication of where (how far away) the closure occurs. In one recent case the closure was on the way to a local hospital, before which there were two dead end side roads and one through road before the hospital. I wasn't about to use that road, anyway, because of the parking usually to be found along the way, but I'm glad I didn't have to make the call.
come to think of it, it may have been the people doing gas main replacement who were really responsible (they've being doing stuff on lots of the the roads near us)
 

Black Hole

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Our local council have a nasty habit of putting 'road ahead closed' signs with no indication of where (how far away) the closure occurs.
Oh yes, and sometimes it's a side road and not the main thoroughfare. What's worse, the info doesn't often make it onto the satnav.

I was faced with a 'road closed ahead' sign just off a roundabout, with no other information, but as it would be a considerable detour I decided to risk it knowing the closure could refer to a side road. Only 5 miles later did I discover I had no choice but to return to the roundabout and find another route!

The yellow signs advertising advance notice of closures are no good - by the time you're close enough to read the small print you're past the sign.
 

MikeSh

Well-Known Member
The yellow signs advertising advance notice of closures are no good - by the time you're close enough to read the small print you're past the sign.
Yes, that really Ts me off. It's OK for daily commuters as you can grab a line each day, but if you are a less regular visitor you won't get enough passes in time.
 
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