According to the owners manual a Fiat Bravo HGT has a 60 litre fuel tank.
Today I proved after 638.8 kilometres commuting you can put 59.53 litres in so that capacity must be about right. I know you shouldn’t run it that close, my usual fill is about 550km/50 litres, but—after putting it off on the way home—was glad I decided to fill up at the first opportunity on the way to work.
A day in a loan car, while the FSM had its 230,000km service, showed that BMW* turn indicators reliably indicate turns. The brakes are also sufficient to allow stopping for red intersection and motorway on-ramp lights.
It also reminded me how awful an old fashioned torque convertor auto is to drive.
* Old and creaky, but otherwise ok, 1994 318 convertible.
Nice to see science based car badging on the morning commute. My FSM Fiat was following a Honda Jazz with a Darwin Fish badge down Rosebank Rd.
It helped provide a data point for my hypothesis that light controlled motorway on ramps are the only time you should choose to follow trucks. The lights release one vehicle per green but a truck represents 2-5 cars depending on size and trailer.
That’s how the FSM Fiat beat the Darwin Fish Jazz… to the queue on the motorway itself.
Sitting at the lights I glanced to the right and did a double take. In profile the gentleman at the wheel of the Mazda beside me could have been Leonard John Kensell Setright, albeit in the days when his beard was trimmed shorter than the portrait photo seen here.
That he was puffing on a pipe, a rare sight these days, made that even more likely except I know L.J.K. Setright died in 2006. Given his high regard for the NSU Ro80* I suspect he’d even have approved of the car, a rotary powered RX8.
* From Drive on! The social history of the motor car by L. J. K. Setright (2002: Palawan Press; 2003: Granta) p. 119 "In 1967 NSU produced the sweetest, smoothest and most encouraging car that had yet been seen, the Wankel-engined Ro80 . . ." via classics.honestjohn.co.uk/forum/
I guess this isn’t strictly a Traffic Light Thought but anyway…
My new commute has quite a few roundabouts. I don’t mind as they shift traffic much more efficiently than traffic lights but one thing annoys me.
I know ‘the plural of anecdote is not data’ but it seems a significant percentage of Kiwi drivers don’t know how to indicate when going ‘straight’ through a roundabout. On entry some signal left, others right, when there is no need to signal at all until approaching the exit.
It really isn’t that hard, as the road code extract below shows…
If you are going 'straight' through a roundabout:
don't signal as you come up to the roundabout
signal left as you pass the exit before the one you wish to take. At some small roundabouts it may not be possible to give three seconds warning, but it is courteous to give as much indication as you can.