Deal or no deal on Hyundai i30?

Herald Sun - Motoring - - ROADSIDE ASSIST -

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.

FOR­WARD THINK­ING

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.

KEEP LEFT

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

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