Deal or no deal on Hyundai i30?
A COUPLE of weeks ago you advised hanging off buying a Hyundai i30 until December. Does this still apply? My daughter has one and she loves it and I am trading up a five-year old Mitsubishi Lancer Active that has done only 23,345km. My wife would like a smaller car. Dave Gibbs, email Hyundai has just begun the major sales push to the end of the year so the time is right. There are all sorts of deals as it aims for an Australian showroom record and third place on the sales charts.
CAN’T BLAME TYRES
My 2014 Mercedes-Benz C250 with AMG sports suspension has covered 10,000km and its ride seems very rough. Any suggestions as to what would be a better type softer tyre? Currently the car is fitted with Continental Contisport Contac tyres, 225x40 R18 on the front and 255x35 R18 on the rear. Garry Reynolds, email What were you thinking? Any car with 40 and 35aspect tyres is going to ride harshly and you also have the firm AMG suspension. So it’s not about the brand of tyre but the aspect ratio, which means the only solution would be to fit smallerdiameter alloys with higherprofile tyres.
I AM X1, HEAR ME ROAR
When you wrote about the BMW X1 you talked about one of the negatives being tyre noise on country roads. Would different tyres provide a solution? Bob Bartlett, email Different tyres would definitely cut the roar on country roads but we have to test what we’re given to drive.
It is good to read a yarn on child restraints in Carsguide as many parents don’t have a clue about this massively important part of their car. The other point of interest is in relation to when you should turn your kids from rearward to forward-facing seats. I’ve seen parents turning their kids way before little necks are developed and strong enough to cope with harsh sudden braking. Tony Mee, email
BRAKE LEFT CONTROL
Thank you for supporting left-foot braking, which I have been using safely for more than 40 years without going through my windscreen. As we age, the most important time to apply left-foot braking is when a car is being started. If Drive or Reverse is engaged incorrectly a driver is immediately able to stop the car from moving in the wrong direction if the left foot is holding back the car. The brake will always win over the accelerator. Importantly, controlling the speed of a car while parking and reversing with left-foot braking keeps the car beautifully in control and stops unintended acceleration accidents. John Maguire, retired driving instructor, email.
I couldn’t agree more with you about the safer option, due to reduced response times, of using one’s left foot for braking. When hearing of incidents involving drivers, often older drivers, hitting the accelerator instead of the brakes I wonder if such incidents would be greatly reduced or eliminated by left-foot braking. Philip Buckland, email
WHEN LEFT IS RIGHT
Every time I see on the news that some elderly person has driven into a shop front, I say to myself “If only they had learned to left-foot brake”. I am 65, still a working motor mechanic. I started my apprenticeship aged 16. I have driven everything from cars, trucks, motorbikes, tractors and bulldozers to underground mining machinery and figured out early that it was easier and safer to manoeuvre automatic cars on to hoists and into tight parking spaces by left-foot braking. On the highway I brake predominantly with my right foot but in a shopping centre I have my left foot ready for any errant pedestrian or car. An
Record bid: Time to pick up a
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