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Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2003 13:58:54 -0500
From: 'nuther Bob <>
Subject: Re: Low exhaust

On Wed, 19 Mar 2003 15:45:16 -0000, MeatballTurbo <> wrote: >Never really understood what a curb feeler is? Welll, now I've got to own up. In the old days, some folks attached a 150mm long, 20mm diameter spring low on the fender of their car. It stuck out just beyond the edge of the tire. When parking in the city where there were curbs, the feeler would hit the curb first and you'd have a warning that you were close. They were quite loud inside the car and very useful for parallel parking. The flaps under the NG900 seem to function in the same way. >But avoiding these wouldn't do any good. You have to cross them, they >run the full width of the road, and are designed to slow you to a crawl >to avoid ploughing down pedestrians. Yes, we have them too. The undercar feeler lets you know that you need to be cautious. Sometimes it's too late. >Speed bumps/cushions/bollards/and chicanes are used a lot in the UK to >stop people driving faster than they should. We can't actually be >trusted to have control over our car any more. I agree. We don't see them on the roads much, but they are often used in parking lots and long driveways. They are there because some drivers are just too damn stupid to slow down where they should. It's OK to kick it a little on the open road if that's your thing, but you need to slow down through the village, in heavy traffic, in bad weather, and especially in parking lots. If more people knew how to drive then we wouldn't have these ridiculous bumps. >They are even working on >a dynamic speed limiter, that won't let the car go faster than the speed >limit (regardless of the situation). I've heard about that development in Europe. I don't think it will fly over here in the USA, but I think we'll see some folks try to implement it. Bob

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