Now this is how you use a radio
The Guernsey massive.
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Looks like I'll just burn a stack of CD's from the lappy. I like the idea of the FM3 transmitter for an iPod, but that won't hook into the van's remote controls.
Only "breaker" riding my back door in the past week was a BMW Pig pen, having been pinned at a steady 85, I did a crazy ivan (shamlessly stolen from the film) and jinxed the van to the left to see what was up close & personal.... followed by a "FOOOK!!". That's twice the bast@rds have done that to me, so chuffin' close they're not in the mirrors......
What a load of old C.R.A.P.
My understanding was that the law was specifically targeted at mobile 'phones, not CB radios, shortwave or police radios for that matter... which are pretty much push to talk, not scroll down n'th option lists to find a contact.
As for carless driving, I see loads of that shuffling up & down the M6 to Scotland... they're not all on mobile 'phones they're just brain dead... but they think they're excellent drivers, as it was pointed out to me years ago... you can't reason with an idiot.
In terms of "General" driving awareness on our motorways I'm going to put Truckers pretty much top of the tree, I've only seen one close call with a truck compared to loads of actual multi car pile up's, I've not seen one Van related incident so therefore we must by deduction be good drivers (can't speak for "white van man" as mine's black).
Should you find a trucker "barreling" up behind you, then it's either an unlimited non-UK left hooker, in which case I would be worried, or your doing a pretty good impression of "Driving Miss Daisy".
BTW.... Hope you don't smoke in your motor...
This was meant to be a light hearted post for me to get some ideas about how to pass the time in what is a boring drive to Edinburgh and back... I'm slightly hacked off that you've tried to hijack the thread with your personal views..... so how about you give me some ideas on how to pass the time, as so far you've added cock all to my original query.... come on, give me a positive statement, you know you want to.... (just don't state "Bach", or some shite like that).
On a slightly lighter (which I'm sure will bring another tonne of "you're a d!ck comments") note to all you "Really" Northern Monkeys...
The A702 from the M74 to Edinburgh.... spot on road, even in the pitch black at 10pm on a Sunday night... you locals know your roads... there are some drivers that can nail that road, I hooked up with a Merc Vito last Sunday night, best 40 miles of "A road" drving I've done for 2 weeks (bit like fast and furious with vans) ... 2 weeks ago there were two 40T Artics giving it the berries on the way home (not sure how they covered the tacho bit) .... there is hidden talent, doesn't matter what you drive....
Last edited by RicTS; 12-12-2009 at 01:20. Reason: missed some quotes out, don't want to be pulled up on grammar....
I am a van driving (white Van, it makes everyone get out of the way ) and a none smoker that has been driving for about 45 years.
Just this evening the news was talking about use of mobile phones and the disregard for the law displayed by many drivers.
It is also a known fact that playing with sat navs, radio's and various other gadgets while driving all contribute to accidents, and if you are found to be using these gadgets at the time of an accident there is a likely chargs of dangerous driving added to the incident that otherwise may have been called an accident.
I played with CB radio as a kid, and soon got bored with all that braker braker nonsence years ago. it is a bit old hat lets face it.
But whatever floats youre boat I suppose.
I thought I was entitled to my own opinion on the subject.
I've used an FM transmitter with an iPhone/iPod and it works pretty well. Quality's not quite as good as having it wired in but it's good enough for the car so long as the transmitter can be adjusted onto a channel which is relatively quiet in your area. Once you've set it up and tuned in the vehicle's radio you don't need to do anything else except choose tracks on the iPod. If you set up a long playlist beforehand you can set that going and have hours of music without needing to touch anything, so it won't matter that the van's controls don't operate the iPod. It's just like listening to a radio station, except it only plays your favourite music!
The use of hand held mobile 'phones just boils my pi$$ "hey!!, I've just spent £500 quid on a new 'phone, I'm in my Merc SLK & I can't spring £200 for a fitted hands free kit". I appreciate that the use of 'phone on a handsfree kit divides opinion, but it's not illegal...... yet.
Changing CD's in my Renualt is a black art, quite literally, you can't see the chuffin' radio @ night.... hence why I wanted an easy to use option via the vans remote controls.
I don't have a SatNav, I use proper maps & learn my route.... the van does occasionaly have the SatNag fitted, otherwise known as the missus... equally distracting.
You are perfectly entitled to your opinion & I wouldn't want to proclaim otherwise, just thought the comments were a bit off topic - maybe I was being a bit too sensitive - in which case I apologise.
Everyone has an opinion, if we can agree to disagree then I'm happy.
Thank Kev for the offer of the FM transmitter.... I'll see if I get an iPod for Chrimbo!