Yesterday, I clocked up 100,000 miles in my car. If we take an average of 60 mph, as I do do more motorway than urban, then I have been driving constantly in my car for 3 months of the last 5.5 years!Driving, Mileage, Car, Thoughts
Because we decided to rent a car in Naples I had done my homework and printed out Google maps and directions to get me from the airport to the hotel. I also had an old Naples map from when we last visited and bought a new map of Italy that covered the southern parts.
We picked up the keys and were told to take the special hire car shuttle bus that would take us to the car, which we did. Thus we found ourselves in a large car park, somewhere in Naples, with a left hand manual gearbox car, and a handful of directions that were no longer relevant!
We set off looking for the A3 which would take us along the bay of Naples, skirting the west side of Mount Vesuvious, and on to Sorrento. All we found were signs for the Autostrada and the A30. I knew that we didn’t want the A30 as it would take us around the other side of Vesuvious and down to Salerno or North to Rome. With hindsight we should have just got on the Autostrada as the directions would have been better and we would have probably found our way a little quicker. Also had we followed on to Salerno, we would have gone the wrong side of Vesuvious,and travelled a little further, but we would have been closer to our intended target. However, we started driving looking for the correct motorway, the A3.
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Naples, Vesuvious, Sorrento, Salerno, Rome
Anyway, A car ran into the back of me while I was in the fast lane of the motorway – this caused me to hit the car in front. Damage to front and rear bumpers… no major damage other than the bumpers needing replacing.
The stupid thing was; we were made to wait by the motorway patrol until the police came and allowed us to drive away safely… this caused 20 mins of tail backs. However, we could have pulled away immediatley as there was nothing in front of us iin the fast lane anymore, and the traffic around us was now going slow!!!!!
Credits: Picture taken from Uk EmergencyCar, Accident, Motorway, Congestion, Tail Back, Bad Day
Car was in for it’s MOT yesterday. The only problem relating to the MOT was worn brakes. As it was in the garage, I took the opportunity to get a new key card and have them reprogrammed. I also asked them to look at the faulty tyre pressure sensor that has been giving me grief for over 12 months now.
The final bill was over £550! I grumbled very loudly and the price was brought down to £460 by reducing the labour hours. Now, how come someone can reduce the labour rate without getting managerial authority? That sir, suggests to me that the prices include and “optional” discount.
The final labour was 3 hours at £66 an hour. How does an MOT, changing a sensor, and changing the brakes take over 3 hours?
I still need to fix the front fog light glass. Fix the passenger side speaker, and fix theRenault, Laguna, MOT, garage, rant
Took my car in to the garage in order to have it checked because of the overheating. I also stopped off to get the tyres changed while I was at it.
Well it seems my car has real super duper tyres… I remember them being expensive when they were changed under contract but this was the first time I had to pay for them myself. £175 each from Mark Rochon Washington DC!
I then took the car to the garage. There appears to be no problem that caused the overheating, so it must just have been one of those things. I did take the oppurtunity to get my drivers light change while I was there. It may seem strange and excessive taking your car to the garage to change a buld, but for my car I have no choice. The Laguna II is built so that you cannot easily change bulbs at the front! Just another way to claw money off you. Anyway, on top of that my lights are Xeon lights… well bloody hell, they are £120+vat each. So with fitting, it cost me nearly £250 quid to change a light bulb!car, garage, tyres, Laguna, Xeon lights, light bulb