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Old 09-29-2008, 11:31 PM   #61
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They encourage bad habits, too. Our kid's driving instructor taught her to put her hands on the wheel at 4 & 8 specifically to avoid breaking her arms on the airbag (or her nose when her hands were slammed into her face by the airbag). Then they push-pull the wheel to keep their forearms from going over top of the wheel and coming within the airbag's kill radius.
That's a new one on me. But it's been a few years since I went through any performance driving training. I'm in the midst of training the youngest kid how to drive and I taught him the shuffle method, which is how I was trained.
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Imagine yourself cranking on the wheel to rotate it 360-720 degrees in a U-turn or a parking lot (or for other recreational reasons). Now imagine accomplishing the same feat with a 4&8 push-pull. You ol' pharts more experienced drivers should try a day of driving with your hands at 4&8, and push/pull never to exceed 3&9. It'll drive you nuts within six blocks of starting the car.
Good explanation of the shuffle at the link below, but it is not quite as restrictive as what you're describing. Basically you keep the left hand on the left side of the wheel and the opposite for the right. Your hands can meet at the top and bottom (12 and 6). With the new twist (for me) of how to place your thumbs so you don't get them broken. Steering a Car or Truck
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When she passes her road test, though, I'll teach her to steer with her knees. That should resolve most of the issues...
How else will she be able to pour a cocktail?

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My Honda Accord (which I love dearly) is almost 14 years old and is in good condition except for rust. I recently had some bodywork done and was advised that its safe lifespan is limited, that I should not invest large amounts of money in it, and that I should start researching my next vehicle. No panic, though...
Should I buy now or hang on till my old car really needs to be replaced in 1-2 years?
if it starts, stops, and steers, and your clients don't laugh too hard, keep that dependable and faithful old car on the road til it really goes to h*ll mechanically.
my 92 Accord is still going strong. but the rear bumper may have to be duct taped to the rest of the car, very soon. it is the official winter rat.
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Old 09-30-2008, 07:19 PM   #64
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You might want to look into a diesel VW. We have a 2002 Beetle Turbo Diesel (TDI) that we love. It gets about 45 city/50 highway. Definitely a two seater, though, unless you are putting dogs or dwarves in the back. But the Jettas and Jetta Sports are supposed to be kicking too. We know a guy who has one and drives 60 miles each way commuting, 3 or 4 times a week. He loves his too. Plus with a diesel you should be looking at 250K miles on the engine, as opposed to the 100K average for gas cars. Being VWs though, the engine will probably outlast the body.

I think the new clean diesels are supposed to be hitting the market next year. But from what I've been able to learn, even our 2002 is far cleaner than the old diesels used to be. I've run it on pure petrodiesel, 5%-20% biodiesel, and even 100% biodiesel. Runs great on them all. I think a little better on the 100% BD. Smells better too.
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as opposed to the 100K average for gas cars.
Um, I guess every car in my family is above average, then.

'03 subaru: 135k and counting
'98 caravan: 190k and counting
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I'd say 175 to 200k is a more reasonable expectation for modern gas engines. Of course, everything else might be failing by then...
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... as opposed to the 100K average for gas cars.
"Average"? I'd say that's not even the median but a minimum. Heck, even here in Hawaii we regard 100K as a minimum despite the lack of distance driving, and some vehicle/component warranties are starting to be expressed in six digits.

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Runs great on them all. I think a little better on the 100% BD. Smells better too.
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