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    Bit hard putting all that safety equipment into a 1970 Jag Roger, mind you it is a substantial piece of solid metal. It is what it is and you just enjoy it as such, beside anytime you get to around 200kph, your not going to come off too good no matter what car your driving unless you have a roll cage installed. PS-I only do that speed for maybe 5-10 secs in a long passing lane.

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    You get a free pass for classic vehicles mate, especially an old high performance Jag
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    Classics are definately in a different class and I love my big gas guzzling engines that will always have a place in the memory banks.

    Drove through this intersection 20mins before this crash and a bit of a foggy morning in the Waikato. Being in a safe car is the difference many don't think about but having seen too many first hand right at the top of my list.

    http://i.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/n...al-crash-scene

    The old heavy steel cars don't look like they have had much of an impact compared to crumple zones on newer cars but the deceleration forces are what kills and of course what you hit or get hit by..... I have even seen a seat belt melt a perfect line in someone's t'shirt from the friction. Anyone having been in an accident will testify to the sheer violence of them.

    Sad that so many lose their lives in devastating ways.

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    WOW that looks like a serious head on !

    No question a decent car will give you a far better chance of surviving one like that. In fact one of my clients will only buy top of the line Audi's because he swears his Audi S8 saved his life in an accident of a similar nature to that link you've posted.

    A lot has been written in car magazines and generally in the press about the advantages of dynamic stability control, ABS brakes, electronic brake force distribution e.t.c. but one little known fact about current vehicles equipped with advanced radar based adaptive cruise control systems is in my experience they're better at maintaining the correct following distances than human's in nearly all conditions but especially in limited visibility conditions and at night because they're radar based as opposed to visual inputs. You simply set the following distance, one, two or three seconds, I always choose at least two seconds and the vehicle adapts its following distance to the vehicle in front based on its speed and your relative distance. Tried your adaptive cruise control out yet mate ?
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    Yes I have used the ACC. Hovered over the brake pedal while testing it out. Quite impressive even following through a roundabout with no approaching traffic. One thing that impressed, even in a passing lane it didn't get confused with the truck in left lane while I was synced to the car infront in the passing lane.

    More to the safety aspect, collision avoidance is impressive even reading stop signs. I wonder how well radar and collision avoidance would work in fog? Will likely have a chance to play with it over the coming winter but guessing it's got to be better than ones eyes and low beam headlight or fog light limitations???

    Your client is right, the safest cars on the road really do make a considerable difference when things go wrong. There's safe and then there's the real safe ones.....

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    Yes the ACC is impressive but takes a little bit to become accustomed too, (totally understand your initial nervousness). There's an awful lot of programming that goes into the system as I am sure you can imagine. Even very slight inputs on your steering wheel are factored into the primary directional analysis of the system and as you've observed it has to be fairly directional otherwise the potential for difficulty with false readings becomes problematic. Radar works by bouncing (similar to microwave energy frequency) signals off metal objects so in my experience its is impervious to fog and darkness and of great assistance in either as judging distance in the dark or foggy conditions can be extremely difficult. Intense rain can render the system less than impressive but overall its a very useful feature for sure. I use mine a lot even around town. Mercedes-Benz were the pioneer's of distronic based cruise control systems so they've been in upper end Merc's for well over a decade now.
    Last edited by Roger; 26-04-2017 at 09:42 PM.
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