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Old October 2nd, 2017, 08:49 PM   #37181
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Yes - at least on paper.

Hyundai i10 1.0 L with MT = 93 grams of CO2/km
Hyundai i10 1.0 L with AT = 134 grams of CO2/km
A problem is that the normal test for gear-shift cars assume perfect operation (i.e. the driver changes gears at optimal points for operation of the vehicle, don't abuse low gears above the torque optimum for the specific driving condition etc).
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Old October 2nd, 2017, 11:12 PM   #37182
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When I was first in Europe (1985, mostly France), visiting Americans were advised (probably in guidebooks...I forget) that French shopkeepers didn’t keep lots of change on hand - there may even have been an actual shortage of coins - and you shouldn’t just make 1-franc purchases with 20-franc notes as casually as you would here.
There was a period in the 70s when Italy had a scarcity of coins, so banks issued small cheques with the same denomination of coins to be given as change by shops. Other shops gave candies, stamps or telephone tokens. Maybe France had a similar problem.
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Old October 3rd, 2017, 02:10 AM   #37183
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Yes - at least on paper.

Hyundai i10 1.0 L with MT = 93 grams of CO2/km
Hyundai i10 1.0 L with AT = 134 grams of CO2/km
Maybe this Hyundai has a really old-technology autobox...

but NL is so flat driving manual is so easy
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Old October 3rd, 2017, 12:18 PM   #37184
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I would presume that modern automatic transmission uses less fuel overall than manual transmission. At least with my experience.
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Old October 3rd, 2017, 03:17 PM   #37185
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I would presume that modern automatic transmission uses less fuel overall than manual transmission. At least with my experience.
In general true. But modern automatic gears need some extra space and add some weight. Therefore they are not usable in the smallest category of cars. For the smallest cars, a torque converter or a variator are suitable choices, at the price of higher friction losses.
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Old October 3rd, 2017, 03:35 PM   #37186
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Quite silly remark, thanks.
Then well aligned with the legislation in question.

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There are easier ways to know if a note is false, every retail shop in Italy has those little machines that can tell you if a note is false or not.
Criminalizing customers just for the fact that they have big notes is not a very nice way to carry on businesses.
In an almost-non-cash system, the big banknotes serve two purposes: 1) spreading false money, 2) money laundring. No reason to support either one.

I can understand that the needs are different in Italy, where the shadow economy is significant. Still, the processes needed to run a widespread shadow economy are not necessarily well applicable in other countries as such.
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Old October 3rd, 2017, 03:53 PM   #37187
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I can understand that the needs are different in Italy, where the shadow economy is significant.
Why are you talking about things you clearly know nothing about?

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Still, the processes needed to run a widespread shadow economy are not necessarily well applicable in other countries as such.
European Union produced these notes, not Italy. Why produce something that can't be used? Finnish behavior is illogical.
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Old October 3rd, 2017, 04:02 PM   #37188
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This truck driver got fined in Norway for having the view blocked by a load of junk. But apart from the flags, you can also spot no less than 6 transponders for electronic tolls on the bottom of the windshield. European integration...

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Old October 3rd, 2017, 04:16 PM   #37189
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Interesting flags though.
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Old October 3rd, 2017, 05:50 PM   #37190
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i am wondering where they get those surtain-like things with catkins. (usualy Romanian truckers have it, this one must be from the border area)
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Old October 4th, 2017, 08:34 AM   #37191
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Seeing this driver lazily getting of the bus and waving at the fast train make me feel sorry for him. Seriously, it is good that nobody got injured. Btw. I am surprised that a professional driver (which he apparently is not) does not know a sign to stop the train (running against the train and making circles with a cloth in hand).
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Old October 4th, 2017, 09:44 AM   #37192
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He should have driven on. That bar is easy to be broken through. The bus had damaged only slightly, and no one had been injured.
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Old October 4th, 2017, 10:02 AM   #37193
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Seeing this driver lazily getting of the bus and waving at the fast train make me feel sorry for him. Seriously, it is good that nobody got injured. Btw. I am surprised that a professional driver (which he apparently is not) does not know a sign to stop the train (running against the train and making circles with a cloth in hand).
Are you telling me that a train stops when someone on the tracks does the "circle-with-white-cloth" thing, and it doesn't stop when someone on the tracks does any other signal?
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Old October 4th, 2017, 10:37 AM   #37194
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Are you telling me that a train stops when someone on the tracks does the "circle-with-white-cloth" thing, and it doesn't stop when someone on the tracks does any other signal?
No, it obviously does not guarantee the train will stop, but it is the distinct signal instead of greeting the train driver by your hand. Yeah, the bus driver had literally no time to react, but what he performed at the crossing was literally a joke. He acted like he was trying to stop a bicycle, not a train hurtling at 160 kph.
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I am very sorry as this took place in Poland... There was a long discussion about this case in the Polish SSC section.

First of all, a professional driver should know that he can safely hit the barrier on the level crossing. It's made of plastic, lightweight and attached in such a way that it would just fall off from the rotating part to which it is attached. Exactly for this reason. And it did it anyway - when the train hit the back of the bus and it got moved a little bit to the front.

Another thing is our highway code, which states exactly that what a driver should do when his car gets stopped on a level crossing in such a way that it can't be moved - is to warn the train driver. Even though there is usually no way of doing it, and a more sensible solution would be just calling 112.

And, if it's a bus, first of all, an immediate evacuation of all the passengers!

Supposedly, this driver was a new one and he was so shocked by the situation when he got trapped that he wasn't able to think normally.

Now we have a damaged bus, a damaged train (because of which some of the Pendolino trains must now be replaced with normal trains with carriages - already a few of them are broken because of different accidents on level crossings and the procedures of getting money for the repair from the car driver's insurance take much time), possibly some passengers coming late to the airport (this bus was a shuttle bus from the train station to the Warsaw Modlin airport, organized, by the way, by the local railway operator) and the driver will definitely have much more problems than if he just driven into the barrier.
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Old October 5th, 2017, 11:07 PM   #37196
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It never ceases to amaze me how people in this situation do everything but the most logical thing.

Because, you know, better not get the paint scratched, and destroy the whole car instead
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Old October 6th, 2017, 12:34 AM   #37197
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It never ceases to amaze me how people in this situation do everything but the most logical thing.
It is about biology. In a sudden crisis, the behavior is usually irrational unless such a situation has been trained beforehand. That is why repeated training of basic routines is a part of many professions, like firemen, paramedics and pilots.

An amateur arriving as the first one at an accident scene quite seldom acts like he or she had learned in the first aid books. A few years ago, I witnessed a crash, and I took the lead at the site until the rescue teams arrived. Afterwards, I did not feel very proud, because I made some mistakes, which I should have avoided. Fortunately, the operator at the emergency response center asked routinely a number of valid questions.

A good driver does not end up in situations which a skilled driver can manage.
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Old October 6th, 2017, 01:04 AM   #37198
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Old October 6th, 2017, 02:02 PM   #37199
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He should have driven on. That bar is easy to be broken through. The bus had damaged only slightly, and no one had been injured.
The bars are designed to break when bumped into, that also automatically launches stop signal for the trains. It's quite crazy that so many professional drivers are ignorant of this fact and you see this kind of accidents over and over again. But probably not so crazy when you realize that those are the drivers that don't respect the red lights anyway.
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A problem is that the normal test for gear-shift cars assume perfect operation (i.e. the driver changes gears at optimal points for operation of the vehicle, don't abuse low gears above the torque optimum for the specific driving condition etc).
It's also funny how many cars show high kW numbers on paper, while those hold only in high RPMs.

It gives impression of strong cars, but it only means that you would need to overload the engine all the time in order to get that bit of power from it.
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