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Accidents and crashes happen.
But if you can't keep the car in-between 2 white lines about 3 metres or more wide..then you shouldn't be driving....full stop. End of story..
Good tech but an answer to a problem that shouldn't be there.
Fortunately the tech can be overridden.
 

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Accidents and crashes happen.
But if you can't keep the car in-between 2 white lines about 3 metres or more wide..then you shouldn't be driving....full stop. End of story..
Good tech but an answer to a problem that shouldn't be there.
I don't disagree with you, but even before mobile phones there were people driving cars while reading maps, looking for sunglasses, getting tins of sweets out of the glove box, slapping children sitting behind them, etc.
If the tech keeps them in their lane while they're doing it rather than ploughing head-on into someone I care about then I hesitate to dismiss it out of hand.
 

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People in the middle lane of the M4 texting.... seen it often... speed cameras won't catch these folk. :rolleyes:
I've just overtaken a BT Openreach van on a dual carriageway, he was all over the shop. Turns out he was on a call to someone on his mobile, one hand holding the phone to his ear, the other hand gesticulating wildly about something.
I thought the irony was tremendous 🤣
 

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My car tells me off if I'm on a phone call over 15 mins .. says reduce length of call or pull over

Not Ness tech at all.. people should be able to make their own judgements... But still clever and works .. gentle reminders never hurt and could save a life
 

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I've just overtaken a BT Openreach van on a dual carriageway, he was all over the shop. Turns out he was on a call to someone on his mobile, one hand holding the phone to his ear, the other hand gesticulating wildly about something.
I thought the irony was tremendous 🤣
It blows my mind that these vans don't have hands free as standard. Same with tradesmen doing exactly as you have described, I see it near every day. The tech is there. If it isn't standard, tick the option or get one fitted 😡
 

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It blows my mind that these vans don't have hands free as standard. Same with tradesmen doing exactly as you have described, I see it near every day. The tech is there. If it isn't standard, tick the option or get one fitted 😡
Totally agree.

In fact IMO any company supplying a mobile and vehicle should be liable if they do not supply hands-free systems. Expecting staff to use a vehicle and, potentially answer/ make calls while mobile are encouraging law breaking are jointly liable for any consequences.
 

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My car does that... amongst other things. Think the salesman thought I was at it on the test drive because every "cool feature" he demonstrated my only response was "can that be disabled?".
Its called “Lane Assist” and it goes crazy when roadworks direct you over the lines and it goes positively mental if you cross a hatched area

It’s meant for those nodding off to get a wake up jolt, so has its uses
 

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Its called “Lane Assist” and it goes crazy when roadworks direct you over the lines and it goes positively mental if you cross a hatched area

It’s meant for those nodding off to get a wake up jolt, so has its uses
I switched it off as soon as I got the car. First service, they switched it back on but I had forgotten all about it - scared the crap out of me and I nearly took it back to the garage before I remembered!
 

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Its called “Lane Assist” and it goes crazy when roadworks direct you over the lines and it goes positively mental if you cross a hatched area

It’s meant for those nodding off to get a wake up jolt, so has its uses
Always turn mine back on if I've just finished my first night shift just incase

Don't feel tired but can easily sneak up on you
 

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On the subject of the highway code.
When overtaking on a motorway I always thought it was the norm to put your indicator on as a signal you're intending to overtake, but only change lanes when it's clear and safe to do so.
These days it's more indicate as a signal that you're just going to change lanes anyway, and if you don't get out of my way I'm going to shout and screamm at you for not getting out of my way 🙈😅
In my day it was - mirror, signal, manoeuvre , if safe to do so :confused: but we didn't have mobile phones .
 

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Is it not the case now that in some cars with the lane detection thingy, don't know what it's called, you have to signal or the car will fight you if you try to cross back over the line, I know my mates top of range xc60 does this, I could be talking complete bollocks of course !
My Mazda does this if you do not indicate as it thinks you are veering out of your lane. Turned it off on the second day of ownership.
 
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On single carriageway I guess that there is no harm in letting oncoming traffic know that you intend to go back into your lane. But truth is I myself very rarely overtake on single carriageway roads. Just can’t be bothered unless it’s a tractor or something else just crawling along. If it’s going 30+ mph I’ll generally just happily sit behind it.
So instead of one car to overtake, the person behind has two cars to overtake unless that person wants to sit needlessly thus creating a slow line of traffic frustrating everybody behind who knows the accelerator pedal has more than an inch of travel.
 
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So instead of one car to overtake, the person behind has two cars to overtake unless that person wants to sit needlessly thus creating a slow line of traffic frustrating everybody behind who knows the accelerator pedal has more than an inch of travel.
Not needlessly. Why should I risk overtaking if I don’t want to - especially if I don’t think it safe to do so. If the road is clear and the speed limit permits 10-20mph above speed of vehicle in front of me then I might well overtake… but if I am not in a rush and I am not sure, then why should I…does the Highway Code require me to? No.

Truth is, if I am in no rush and there is one or more cars behind me, I’ll often pull to the side to let them pass me. Old fart driving perhaps but I’d rather a journey takes seconds longer by my pulling to the side than risking overtaking when I don’t feel inclined or don’t wish to take any risks.
 
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