Car-share ogres could come in handy

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Nuts & Bolts -

Nuts and Bolts got back on the road again this week, when we were sent two lengthy emails with top 10 sug­ges­tions. The first de­tailed the worst types of peo­ple you might have to share a car with on your jour­ney to work.

Car shar­ing ap­par­ently has be­come a grow­ing trend, and was of course fea­tured in Peter Kay’s sit­com.

But what would you do if you’re stuck with a pas­sen­ger from hell? Ap­par­ently some of those to avoid in­clude the chat­ter­box, ask­ing you questions while you need to con­cen­trate, and the pop star, who knows the words of ev­ery song on the ra­dio.

The list also in­cludes the usual sus­pects like the hu­man sat­nav who seems to know the direc­tions to ev­ery­where, the smelly one, and the one who looks a lit­tle peaky.

Sadly it didn’t of­fer any ad­vice on how to cope with th­ese types of peo­ple.

Mean­while there was an email, sent by the same folks from Lon­don PR, giv­ing the top 10 tips for new van driv­ers.

It in­cludes know­ing the dimensions of the van, check­ing tyre pres­sures, know­ing the right route, and tak­ing care when over­tak­ing.

Per­haps the van driver shown in the footage over­tak­ing the bin­men in South Ash­ford would have done well to take note. Or maybe van driv­ers could do with shar­ing their ve­hi­cle with the hu­man sat­navs to make sure they don’t get lost.

Other emails this week con­cerned the ever chang­ing world of new tech­nol­ogy. Ac­cord­ing to sur­veys, half of peo­ple say that tech­nol­ogy fails them ev­ery week. Per­haps that’s just an­other sign that we ought to use the hu­man sat­nav.

A chief test engi­neer said: “For all the awe-inspiring de­vel­op­ments, peo­ple still seem to have con­cerns about the re­li­a­bil­ity of the tech­nol­ogy we use in our lives. The pres­sure to re­lease new tech­nolo­gies can some­times come at a cost to re­li­a­bil­ity.

“The prob­lem with this is that more and more tech­nolo­gies are be­com­ing crit­i­cal to our day-to-day lives, im­pact­ing on things like safety and se­cu­rity, and the con­se­quences of get­ting th­ese things wrong can be cat­a­strophic.”

At the KM we are about to switch over to new soft­ware to pro­duce the weekly news­pa­pers and while it will im­pact on our day-to-day work, we’re sure it won’t be “cat­a­strophic”. What sounds more cat­a­strophic to us was the news that nearly half of Brits ad­mit to us­ing the phone on the toi­let.

It might ex­plain why some mem­bers of staff make reg­u­lar vis­its to the loo, as they are there to check work emails, so­cial me­dia and check to make sure that it’s not just their fi­nances that are go­ing down the pan.

Peo­ple say tech­nol­ogy reg­u­larly fails them - but more wor­ry­ing is where they ad­mit to us­ing their mo­bile phones

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