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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:44 pm    Post subject: Dashboard readings - in the snow Reply with quote

Which dashboard readings do you pay most attention in snow and ice conditions?

For me, probably the most critical one is the outside air temperature as it gives me a fair indication - conbined with watching the road surface as closely as possible - what I am likely to encounter.

What triggered this question was my trip this morning. People were crawling around on properly thawed main roads, when the outside temperature was 3 to 4C, causing more problems than when the snow was coming down.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep outside temp for me, i was driving to work a couple of days ago at 6.30 am outside temp was -2 on a country lane covered in snow & ice when some cock came up behind me & over took Shocked

On the way home on the same stretch of road 2 cars were in a ditch Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, outside air temp as well. One one of the days it read -8 degrees celcius, although this was in a Renault so it was probably wrong.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Petrolhead wrote:
Yep, outside air temp as well. One one of the days it read -8 degrees celcius, although this was in a Renault so it was probably wrong.


Definitely wrong if it's a Renault Exclamation

One summer holiday, under the burning sun in southern France, the Espace was telling us it was -32C
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Proberly best not to look at temp gauge when in your Renaults chaps and wacth the speedo instead Laughing Laughing Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 25, 2009 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its certainly not 'brake failure' that the espace has been popping up over the last week !

Outside temp too for me
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 3:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1st outside temperature 2nd the rev counter and then the range. Speedometer is never on my horizon.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ALPB1033 wrote:
1st outside temperature 2nd the rev counter and then the range. Speedometer is never on my horizon.


What never, even when in speed camera territory, or passing the local Police inforcer Rolling Eyes. Speedo is always in my mind as temp rarely drops that quick that you will need to look at it that often. Rev counter can be judged by the sound of the engine in my opinion, so for me the most inportant gauge is the speedo as we all know in our powerful cars, speed is easily achevived and limits can be reached very quickly Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 26, 2009 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Outside temp gauge is certainly useful, on my way back home on Christmas Day it was showing a constant 5-ish degrees C which was good as it meant I could be reasonably confident there was no ice.

About an hour into the journey we hit some fog which was a pain, but within a couple of seconds of entering the fog I got the "bong" as the temp dipped below 3C and it settled at 1C within a minute.

I can't honestly say I would have associated fog with danger of ice on the road without the warning. Obviously in retrospect it was freezing fog rolling across the low lying road from adjacent fields but at the time the implications hadn't occurred to me until the external temp gauge dropped right down.
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