Wife had to dump the 2001 Audi tt during pregnancy, and borrowed her mum’s car till first child arrived and she deliberated on what to drive. She couldn’t choose, so she took/was given my new 06' passat. I bought a 3 year old Renault Megane automatic because I had to drive in city traffic to work and was sick of the… Read more
As an occasional visitor: when I go to mainland EU, and the US, this Irish man has to adapt to the other side of the road. But in Europe, I’m surrounded by European drivers. US has too many aggressive Bro-dozers, and also, seriously sketchy drivers, plus, there is the general anger pervading the experience. Read more
As Europeans, who had to drive stick, due to gutless automatics which no garage could repair, we are embracing good automatics in our crowded streets. 20+ years in stick, auto has been embraced now. Reality is, the road where stick is better, are rarely driven.. And my wife was the one who was anti - auto waay… Read more
So the roads here (Ireland), may have a stretch where you could possibly overtake when there is no oncoming traffic. But that "clear road" can sometimes be limited. Or you misjudge something. Being able to tip past the limit can actually be far safer. Historically, we had very gutless, underpowered cars here,… Read more
Another Irish person? Informal lessons from 17, got insured at 19 till 21. Failed test, took 2 years, out (insurance costs), then started again at 23, passed soon enough after when just 24. Got a job with a company car at 25, so was able to bypass Ireland's toe curling insurance premiums till I was no longer toxic to… Read more
Add to that ESP . And modern tyres.
Heard the same in Ireland too. Hence occasionally kipping in the passenger seat when camping and the tent is leaking, and leaving the keys out of the ignition.
I’m such a fussy person that while I like vented seats, I found the fan noise obtrusive. So I didn't bother with them in the new car. Swamp ass is less of a problem here than Texas. Even with black leather seats..
In 1995, I failed my first attempt at my licence in Ireland. Spent the summer on a Student visa in Colorado. Passed the test there with 10 mins practice. Despite never having driven an auto before. Drove across the western States and back and had a great time. Read more
Backup camera and sensors, coupled with wing mirrors that angle downwards mean you can parallel park AND not kerb your wheels. The ES is big for typical EU car spaces, so this helps every day. Read more
Used to scuba dive a lot. Cracking the valve open a bit on a cylinder is deafening.. leaving open causes the pillar valve to ice over. This can stop you closing it. Cylinders need to be inspected regularly for rust or straining . And scuba cylinders are filled slowly and emptied very slowly. Then, every few years,… Read more