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  # 1883051 13-Oct-2017 15:51
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cadman:

 

 

 

@Journeyman I'd say it's here

 

 

 

 

Spot on, that exactly where it was. There is no off ramp at Puhinui Rd so the van driver saw the motorway backed up and thought they'd use the Cavendish Rd on ramp to leave the motorway. He joined the slip road that you can see on the far side of the on ramp and continued on his way. probably would have headed out to the airport before rejoining the southwestern motorway further up @ Mangere Bridge.


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  # 1883054 13-Oct-2017 16:09
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Oh how times have changed.

 

I got my bike license first, at kumeu just outside of Whenuapai Air Base in the early 70's: given a written, couple of oral. Then the Traffic Cop (remember those dressed in black and drove black cars with a single cheery on top) said "outside, follow me and do as I do". He rode his bike and me mine. We rode 100 mtrs down the road, did a U turn a came back. I had my bike license.

 

Then couple years later, even though I had been driving aircraft tugs and other vehicles on base and towing aircraft at Ohakea, I took 3 car driving lessons just to make sure I was doing things right for the test, in Sanson, just outside of the base. Then took my test in Sanson, again with local cop. Did one reverse parallel park, drove round the only block in Sanson, one hill start and one reverse turn on a hill into a farm gate, now I had my car license.

 

The copper told me "if you treat all other drivers: blind, deaf & dumb, you will survive".

 

Only ever had 3 speeding and two parking tickets. Two accidents; drunk and drove off the road behind Ohakea Air Base and the other was the meat in a three vehicle sandwich at a set of lights. (touch wood & rub rabbits foot furiously)

 

Oh how times have changed.





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  # 1883055 13-Oct-2017 16:09
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I've noticed in Dunedin that no one seems to leave gaps at intersections anymore.

 

The light goes green, but road ahead is already full of traffic. However they move into the intersection and then stop. The light turns red, and they are still in the intersection blocking traffic from the other direction from getting through. 


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  # 1883056 13-Oct-2017 16:12
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Senecio:

 

cadman:

 

 

 

@Journeyman I'd say it's here

 

 

 

 

Spot on, that exactly where it was. There is no off ramp at Puhinui Rd so the van driver saw the motorway backed up and thought they'd use the Cavendish Rd on ramp to leave the motorway. He joined the slip road that you can see on the far side of the on ramp and continued on his way. probably would have headed out to the airport before rejoining the southwestern motorway further up @ Mangere Bridge.

 

 

 

 

@cadman @Senecio

 

 

 

Cheers. That's hilarious, the audacity of that guy. Gonna report him?


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  # 1883068 13-Oct-2017 16:21
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Cheers. That's hilarious, the audacity of that guy. Gonna report him?

 

 

If anyone has the video editing skills to enhance it and get number plate for me I just might. I can provide the high-res video rather than the compressed You Tube video.


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  # 1883091 13-Oct-2017 16:53
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I noticed that most drivers don't respect the speed limit. Some of them get impatient when you are driving at 50k/h on a 50k road. Like "How dare you?" lol


Intersections can be particularly dangerous because there are drivers that don't give a fuss for the give way rules. They didn't even look before turning in front of you. 



Maybe one's 50k and another car's 50k and the real 50s are all different. I know my cars' speedos have all been overestimating* actual speed by about 6-7kph @60.


*ie when it reads 60 the car is actually travelling at 53.5kph.


Hence when I do 50 I can understand why the cars at the back are impatient!



I noticed my VW Golf is showing 110km/h for my GPS to be spot on 100km/h. And that was consistent across a GPS, a dash cam and two smartphones. This 10% difference also shows with those speed indicators common in some of the 50km/h zones.




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  # 1883108 13-Oct-2017 18:20
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freitasm:

I noticed my VW Golf is showing 110km/h for my GPS to be spot on 100km/h. And that was consistent across a GPS, a dash cam and two smartphones. This 10% difference also shows with those speed indicators common in some of the 50km/h zones.

 

Speedometers have long been calibrated to read high from new - usually in the order of 5-7%. Obviously this increases slightly as the tyres wear and the wheels are turning slightly faster for the same ground speed. Then there's different rolling diameters for different models of tyre once the original factory fitment is worn out.

 

Odometers are generally very accurate though. So you can cross check speedometer with odometer and time without the need for a GPS. 100km/h is 1km every 36s.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1883148 13-Oct-2017 21:11
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freitasm:

I noticed my VW Golf is showing 110km/h for my GPS to be spot on 100km/h. And that was consistent across a GPS, a dash cam and two smartphones. This 10% difference also shows with those speed indicators common in some of the 50km/h zones.

 

 

 

I had my X5 out on the highway the other day. It was 2k out at 100 and 1-2 at 110. 

 

It reads about 4 low at 60.

 

 

 

All checked on 2 phones and a gps.

 

 

 

Weirdly, when I reset the on-board computer at 110 (in a "safety camera" zone for 20kms) it said the average was 108, same as the phones. 

 

But my car doesn't have navigation, so no internal GPS. 

 

BMW are good like that. You can actually code the speedo to match what the computer says, but they don't at the factory because of speedo rules in various countries.


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  # 1883204 13-Oct-2017 23:19
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I've noticed in Dunedin that no one seems to leave gaps at intersections anymore.

 

The light goes green, but road ahead is already full of traffic. However they move into the intersection and then stop. The light turns red, and they are still in the intersection blocking traffic from the other direction from getting through. 

 

 

That's a problem from lack of enforcement. A couple of weeks of ticketing the lot of them and that would begin to fade.....





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  # 1883205 13-Oct-2017 23:25
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freitasm:

I noticed my VW Golf is showing 110km/h for my GPS to be spot on 100km/h. And that was consistent across a GPS, a dash cam and two smartphones. This 10% difference also shows with those speed indicators common in some of the 50km/h zones.


Interesting to see it in a VW. Usually the German cars are close to accurate....and the Japanese ones out by 8% or so. 

My  own Nissan Leaf is doing a real 100kph when the speedo says 108. Same for 70kph (speedo says 76/77). 

Looks like it's a deliberate thing to try to keep drivers at reasonable speeds. 





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  # 1883211 13-Oct-2017 23:48
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Senecio:

 

Someone was keen to leave the Motorway yesterday evening

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  # 1883213 14-Oct-2017 00:03
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cadman:

 

Oh it absolutely is the answer. It doesn't have to solve the problem of intoxicated drivers or unlicenced drivers. Your point about inexperienced drivers is irrelevant - inexperience is always going to be a potential problem. The 'ageing fleet' isn't even a problem. As for poor roads - drive to the conditions.

 

The problem is those that think themselves competent and in reality are anything but competent.

 

Which reminds me of something else I'd like to see: you should need a licence endorsement to be allowed to tow a light simple trailer.

 

 

 

My UK car licence entitles me to drive a 7500kg truck!

 

I remember the AA person in NZ when I swapped my licence telling me that I could not have the same here.

 

Some time ago now, the UK started requiring trailer endorsements. I passed my test well before that and am therefore allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer MAM of 8,250kg without further testing but anyone after (I think) 1997 needs to do a seperate test now.






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  # 1883232 14-Oct-2017 06:26
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Looks like it's a deliberate thing to try to keep drivers at reasonable speeds. 

 

 

no its deliberate to stop the manufactures being sued by people who got ticketed for going over the speed limit and blaming the manufacture for having a speedo that under reads.

 

they read faster on purpose so you cant be going faster than its actually displaying.


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  # 1883251 14-Oct-2017 09:06
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Linuxluver:



Looks like it's a deliberate thing to try to keep drivers at reasonable speeds. 



no its deliberate to stop the manufactures being sued by people who got ticketed for going over the speed limit and blaming the manufacture for having a speedo that under reads.


they read faster on purpose so you cant be going faster than its actually displaying.



Also, really what material difference does 5kmh or so make to anyone?





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  # 1883296 14-Oct-2017 10:40
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That's a question for the tailgater behind you


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