|Anything goes in The Snug, the GD's rebellious little brother. An off-topic den of iniquity for non-football/news related musings.
Why are DVD boxes bigger than CD boxes?
What is the white block paving you sometimes see on the circumference of a roundabout for?
Why do I have to hold the clutch down on my car in order to start it up? Very annoying for my missus when I send her out on a frosty morning to warm it up for me.
Why can't you refreeze something that's already been frozen?
Why do I care about this kind of thing?
Pretty sure that's to prevent it jumping forward in the event it's been left in gear.
Similar height to VHS cases, maybe that's it?
Also less likely to break in transit than a plastic CD case (imo)
When someone gets prison time and a ban for a motoring offence, when does the ban start?
If for instance a serial drink driver gets two years inside and a three year ban, has he effectively got a two year ban because he'll get out after a year and will have spent the ban's first year inside, or does the ban start when he gets released?
The ban starts from date of sentencing - so in effect his ban will actually only be for 2 years as you say. Some judges are wise to this, so will give a 12 month sentence and a 4 year ban instead. Like the **** did to me way back when...
It's been a legal requirement in the US for years. Don't know if it is in Europe yet but, if it's a car that's also sold in the US, it would be more trouble than it's worth to delete the clutch pedal sensor and that's why the auto companies don't do it. Apart from that, as Sendo says, it's safer. If you're parked close to another vehicle and the car has been left in gear, you could easily move a foot or two when the starter turns and hit the other vehicle. Technically, you're also reducing the rotational inertia of the drive train and you're making the starter work less hard whch means it will last longer.
You could also buy an automatic and have a remote start fitted.
Incidentally, push the button on the handbrake before you pull it up. We might test them without doing it but, it'll last longer if you do.
My dad always used to tell me to depress the clutch before turning the engine over so that you're putting less stress on the starter motor. When I drove manual it just became habit.
Finger and toe nails were probably more of an issue.
Regarding driving bans and prison sentences, I've just found this on my Mercedes forum.
If a prison sentence is imposed in addition to a ban, the ban is increased by half the prison sentence to take account of the customary early release, so the ban is served after release and not in jail.
Carrying on the driving ban theme, assuming a person of normal build, normal diet etc, how many pints approximately would someone have to drink to be three times over the drink/drive limit?
I'm guessing around 8-9 pints of normal strength beer.
The right answer is there is no right answer as far as I know. A person's build and height certainly do make a difference to the amount it would take for them to be over the limit, but factors such as how much food was consumed, strength of the beer and medication taken are also variables.
There's a handy guide (originating from Glasgow ironically) here:
http://www.gosafeglasgow.com/public/int ... lator.html
I'm basing my own answer on the drink-driver's rule of thumb of two pints is ok and three pints is over the limit.
So to be three times over the limit would be approximately 3 X 3 i.e. 9 pints.
Not a scientific answer granted but an educated guess.
Unless someone who has been convicted wants to tell their tale.
It's more like 1 pint is ok, 2 is likely over.
It goes by how much alcohol is in your blood - 80 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood is the limit. So if someone has 240 milligrammes then they are said to be 3 times over the limit. I don't know how much you'd have to neck to get that far over. It's probably not as much as people think.