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« on: July 14, 2012, 12:25:44 PM »

My daughter is doing her drivers license. One thing that came up is that when you pull up the hand brake it must be silent, no clicking ratchet noises. Why? This sounds like one of those rules that serves no purpose but can be used against them.
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2012, 17:27:37 PM »

My daughter is doing her drivers license. One thing that came up is that when you pull up the hand brake it must be silent, no clicking ratchet noises. Why? This sounds like one of those rules that serves no purpose but can be used against them.

Sounds like nonsense to me too.I wonder, in fact, whether there is any evidence whatever that the driver's license actually helps to make the roads safer? Anyone seen any stats in this regard?

And then, when I wanted to legally drive around my humble little scooter, scarcely larger than a bicycle, I had to go through the whole thing again, despite the fact that I already had a license for a car. They just love to put bureaucratic stumbling blocks in the way of anything and everything people want to do. And then they complain about the sluggish economy...
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2012, 09:08:39 AM »

The additional wear suffered by the ratchet and pawl mechanism when not depressing the release button must be close to insignificant. I've never heard of anyone replacing ratchet components on a handbrake. But even so, I always use the button simply because, otherwise, I find the sound it makes grating and irritating. It just sounds to me like its doing mechanical damage, even though its probably not the case.

I have a friend who failed his drivers licence for exactly this reason. His father, who instructed him on the ways of the automobile, told him  to pull the handbrake up in such a way that the evaluating officer can clearly hear it. Big mistake, apparently.


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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2012, 22:41:01 PM »

.. when I wanted to legally drive around my humble little scooter, scarcely larger than a bicycle, I had to go through the whole thing again

I can understand the driving test, what I don't understand is having to re-write the rules-of-the-road test after I've been driving for yeaars.
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2012, 07:51:12 AM »

Recently went a-queuing for the renewal of my drivers licence which, as you know, entails an eye test. I was a bit shocked to discover that I failed the peripheral vision part of the test. The operator (bless her heart) then suggested I take off my glasses and try again. Success! It turns out that since my previous visit to the municipal traffic labyrinth, I've changed my spectacles from an almost insignificant student frame to one of those modern square ones with the fairly wide temple arms.

So when I drive and I want to know whats going on at the side, all I have to do is remove my blinkers. Wink Or maybe a sexy retro pince-nez may come in handy.

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