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Old September 25th, 2015, 06:14 PM   #32661
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And I would add that buying expensive bulbs from famous brands like Philips or Osram,... is useless. Since 2 years, now I'm using chinese H7 bulb (at a price <1€ when you buy them by 10 or 20...) and they are working fine, with an everyday use (everytime I start my car, I now have the reflex to put on the lights ), they last around 6 month and sometimes more (it mades a lot of hours of use since I use them everytime I take my car during day... ).
i strongly dissagree. there is even large difference between better and cheaper models inside one brand.
(i really hope that you don't use those dissasterous xenon-like bulbs)
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Old September 25th, 2015, 06:18 PM   #32662
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This happens because, oddly enough, the human circadian rhythm is actually longer than the day. So you may sleep your good 7 hours, wake up at 6 am and still not be sleepy at 11 pm.
There was a series of experiments on circadian rhythm, about 20 years ago, culminating in a man voluntarily locking himself inside a cave for more than a year, without clocks, which proved that human circadian rhythm is 36 hours, rather than 24.

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There is a lot of variability around that, you can generalize from one person experience.,
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Old September 25th, 2015, 09:35 PM   #32663
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A slight problem with wildlife fences (Sweden) :
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Old September 25th, 2015, 10:52 PM   #32664
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A slight problem with wildlife fences (Sweden) :
Shit happens. Of course, the fences cannot make the roads 100% safe, because there are holes for obvious reasons. Still they are useful.

Here is a chart from a troublesome area in Finland. It is about collisions with a moose or a deer. Each red dot represents one accident in the years 2007-2011:



The south-north road 3/E12 is a motorway protected by wildlife fences. The parallel road 130 (ex-3) is not protected. The AADT of the motorway is about seven times higher, and the absolute number of collision is about half. Thus, it would be easy to say that the fences prevent more than 90% of the accidents from happening.

That math might give slightly optimistic results: The animals bounce at the fence, and often return to the proximity of the non-protected roads nearby, thus increasing the risk there.
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Old September 25th, 2015, 11:29 PM   #32665
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It seems to me that both Finland and Sweden fenced their roads before it was realised that animals actually need a place to cross the road. I'm guessing long fences without ecoducts (or tunnels) are not tolerated in Sweden and Finland as well anymore.
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Old September 26th, 2015, 09:16 AM   #32666
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It seems to me that both Finland and Sweden fenced their roads before it was realised that animals actually need a place to cross the road. I'm guessing long fences without ecoducts (or tunnels) are not tolerated in Sweden and Finland as well anymore.
Well... The safety is always a trade-off. The newest fenced roads in Finland are the recently complete sections of 7/E18. They seem to be similar to the older ones what comes to fences. I do not believe the policy has changed a lot.

Especially the elks move along same routes again and again. Where an intensive elk route and a fenced single-carriageway road cross, there is sometimes a half-kilometer gap in the. Those places are high-risk areas marked clearly. Such arrangements are not used on motorways because the motorway safety is a priority: a collision with an elk at 120 km/h is potentially fatal.

The fences seem not to prevent smaller animals from entering the road. Highway pizzas can be seen often.
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Old September 26th, 2015, 11:52 AM   #32667
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Is moose meat (not roadkill of course) edible?
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Old September 26th, 2015, 01:14 PM   #32668
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Very much so.
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Old September 26th, 2015, 11:06 PM   #32669
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Is moose meat (not roadkill of course) edible?
Yes, it is edible. It resembles cow but it is more tasty and rugh. In case of accidents on roads, the meat is often edible, too, depending on how badly the elk is damaged. Of course, the meat must be handled promptly after the accident.

BTW, the elk hunting has a major role related to social hierarchies in the Finnish countryside. You are just a bloody nobody if you do not get invited into the elk hunting group. There is usually a very strict hierarchy within those groups, and there may be complex rules on what is the share of the meat for each member.
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Old September 26th, 2015, 11:13 PM   #32670
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I don't know for moose roadkills, but for instance the most often wild animals in my area - roe deers - are completely useless as roadkills.
my friend once hit one very near his house. car was just slightly damaged, so he hurried and butchered the poor animal (yes, it is against the law), but it was completely useless. they have incredibly fragile bones which scattered through the meat making it useless, even after quite weak hit.
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Old September 26th, 2015, 11:29 PM   #32671
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I don't know for moose roadkills, but for instance the most often wild animals in my area - roe deers - are completely useless as roadkills.
my friend once hit one very near his house. car was just slightly damaged, so he hurried and butchered the poor animal (yes, it is against the law), but it was completely useless. they have incredibly fragile bones which scattered through the meat making it useless, even after quite weak hit.

I think you are rather right, but if you hit the animal in certain angle and speed, you can have luck and the meat can be edible.
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Hitting a moose is actually very dangerous. Most of its mass is high up so it often ends up hitting the windshield. People have been killed as a result of that.
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Old September 27th, 2015, 01:51 AM   #32673
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i strongly dissagree. there is even large difference between better and cheaper models inside one brand.
(i really hope that you don't use those dissasterous xenon-like bulbs)
No, not really. H7 is fu**..d up design that overheats and it doesn't matter which brand you choose.
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Old September 27th, 2015, 12:47 PM   #32674
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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news...poland-6521028
Student commutes 1,000 miles from POLAND to London because it SAVES him money

Jonathan Davey moved to Gdansk in Poland because it’s cheaper for him to live there and fly back for lectures in London.
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Old September 27th, 2015, 01:20 PM   #32675
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Student commutes 1,000 miles from POLAND to London because it SAVES him money

Jonathan Davey moved to Gdansk in Poland because it’s cheaper for him to live there and fly back for lectures in London.
If he moved to Lithuania or Romania it would be even cheaper.
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Old September 27th, 2015, 01:42 PM   #32676
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Have you read the article?

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Jonathan toyed with the idea of living in Lithuanian capital Vilnius which is almost as cost-effective – but no airlines run flights early enough in the morning to get him to class on time.
"Gdansk is also more beautiful," he says.
In addition, he just commutes once a week......
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Old September 27th, 2015, 06:01 PM   #32677
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I moved to Corsica last Sunday for my year abroad, so I've given my first car to my Dad after owning it for just under three years, I never changed it's bulbs. I think that people in the UK are generally more reluctant to use headlights than in the rest of Northern Europe.
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Few people in France drive with headlights on during the day as well. Daytime running lights are becoming more common though.

Another fading fad in France is the use of the left turn signal during the entire overtaking procedure on the motorway. I see fewer and fewer people doing that. Instead, they only use turn signals when changing lanes, like most of Europe.
Yes, but they are very few to use it during the day (I'm not talking about DRL), at least in my region (eastern part of France)...

It's true, and (as a french guy) this is how I learned to use the turning signals on the motorway... but I stopped to do that because I can't see how this is helping anyone, using it only when changing lane is enough I think!
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Thanks, I'm having fun so far!

Yeah it's true I've also noticed less and less French people indicate the whole way through whilst overtaking. It was quite common in Portugal too but not as much as in France I don't think.
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Old September 27th, 2015, 06:09 PM   #32679
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i strongly dissagree. there is even large difference between better and cheaper models inside one brand.
(i really hope that you don't use those dissasterous xenon-like bulbs)
Of course, but compared to the cheapest one of those brands (who is still very expensive!), I haven't seen any big differencies, so far...

of course no!!! Those xenon-like bulbs are worse than xenon bulbs itself!!

No, I'm using some very normal H7 bulbs except they don't come from big companies who sell those at an incredibely high price...
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Old September 27th, 2015, 08:02 PM   #32680
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There is a lot of variability around that, you can generalize from one person experience.,
This was just the most famous experiment, not the only one. However, we are all the same species, I don't expect variability on such a matter to be large.
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