The van was out of road and in danger of being rear ended by the other lorry because he had to break.
I agree Ian,
He was not forcing his way onto the motorway, he gauged his entry perfectly, in that he was entering an empty inside lane at a speed faster than the Lorry already in the inside lane.
It was the wagon driver at fault there, experiance should have taught him not to cut back into the inside lane if he is blind to the merging traffic expected to enter from a slip road.
If I'm travelling in the inside lane on a motorway/ dual carriageway, on approaching a slip road merge point, I always move into lane two [if safe to do so] to make it easier for said merging traffice. Motorways like all roads are shared enviroments, it's not a case of I'm here first so you can "Pittle Off"
Yes The BFD and ABS will still be active Darren, but the EPS element will be disabled, as for switching it off and going for a spin .....I'll pass on that thanks .
Will defo switch it off if it starts squirming about in the snow, and see how it performs with it off.
Like arthur sez, mine like his Mk2 Focus was rock solid in snow, no agressive acceleration and staying of the brakes obviouisly. That was on Goodyear Optigrips all round, must say when I bought it, it was sporting Italian Marangoni rubbish and they were crap in snow. So when they got down to 3mm of tread I got shut of them.
This Focus came with Mich Primacy on one axle and Goodyear Excellence on the other axle, decent tread on them.
Does yours make a hissing sound / growl? I've never had it and noticed it tonight.
One time going down a slight inclined road [slow as it leads to our small drive, length and a half of the car] it as you discribed it "growled" But I would have discribed it as a vibrating rumble, so in that instance it was the ABS cutting in.
Incidently, I pulled up on the slight down ward drive about 4ft from the patio doors, with two big pot planters filled with cyclimens in them, in turn sat on two large pot water trays [in other words heavy beggers]
I gets out, wife goes to get out of the car, one foot on the drive and one still in the passenger footwell ...............and the Focus just slide into the planters. I thought sh"t thats the grill and or possibly the bumper stuffed. As luck would have it there was no damage done. The planters might have slid a bit on their round water trays possibly. But I reckon it there had not been planters there it would have stuffed into the hard wood frame of the patio doors dead centre where the fixed Patio window frame sat.........now that woud have been damage indeed for the car I reckon, and possibly frame and double glazed panel damage.
Now I put it into reverse gear when parking up for obvious reasons, and though I did not check if I had, I'm sure I had Monday. So the snow was obviously very slippy and the wife getting out iof the car [it being 72Kg lighter, it lost it's grip and just slid off down the drive]
I had a look in the dash comp settings this morning, and as I thought you can disable EPS. Just keep flicking the lefthand stalk until you come to the Menu setting, enter and there is it EPS with a little tick box with an X in it. Untick that box and the EPS light comes on in the speedo dial. Click the back option and you get a warning message reminding you you have EPS disabled. So a five second job really to disable/ enable.
Monday we go to a lesiure center swimming "up the Dales" We did the 10 mile drive, and on the journey it started to snow but not really heavy. But on getting there it started turning into white out conditions, we had just parked so waited for it to ease up, only being in gym kit. But it didn't so I said to the wife, we could come out of the lesiure complex in a couple of hours and we could be snowed in. Or have the car body work stoved in by little old ladies panicking to get their wee motors home. It seems the smaller the car these old dears have, the more room they need to work in. I they scrape something, instead of reversing out and surveying what the problem is, they just plough on in a panic....................Anyway thats when I decided to reverse out and go home.
Bloke I was talking to in the changing rooms today, said it was possibly a good decision as there where a few accidents on the roads there abouts. I reckon it could possibly have been snow falling on none gritted roads, or the wrong type of snow as British Rail use to say regarding leaves on the tracks.