Reader Letters: The joy of bikes, electric steering, supporting UK car industry, autonomous car and broken indicators

Reader Letters: The joy of bikes, electric steering, supporting UK car industry, autonomous car and broken indicators

Your correspondence

The ride decision

My wife’s Hyundai i10 returns about 40mpg and costs £30 a year in road tax. My Triumph Tiger Sport motorcycle returns 58mpg but costs £85 a year to tax. In the event of traffic congestion, I can slip between vehicles and not get held up pumping out fumes. On top of all this, the light footprint of my bike does far less damage to road surfaces and the joy of riding keeps me young.

Glendon Franklin, Ashill, Norfolk


Shocking performance

Jeremy Clarkson is right about the stupidity of electrifying things that would be better left alone, such as the steering of the Mini Countryman (“Pistol-packing agent hiding in a hat box”, December 31). The electric steering on my Mercedes S-class, barely three years old, seized up during a journey that included tackling the A169 across the North York Moors. No one apologised for something that could have killed us, and Mercedes even used my extended warranty to pay for the repair, costing me the £400 rebate I should have received when I subsequently sold the car.

Paul Rouse, Sutton upon Derwent, East Yorkshire


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Support UK car makers

Does Clarkson have a phobia against British-made cars? Honda, Vauxhall, Land Rover or even McLaren, they are rarely to his liking, and even when he admits one is good, the marque is never fashionable enough. It’s about time he supported the million workers in this country who produce the world’s best vehicles. Remember, all but three Formula One teams make their cars in the UK.

Lakhi Liyanage, Epsom Downs, Surrey


Hands-on approach

A couple of weeks ago I met a car head-on in a very narrow lane. Both drivers knew instinctively what to do but I pondered the outcome if one or, heaven forfend, both cars had been driverless.

Jeffrey Box, Shalford, Surrey



Dead ringer

In your note about car alarms that are triggered by mobile phones (“Cause for alarm”, Letters, December 3), you suggest turning off the handset’s Bluetooth and wi-fi. There is a simpler solution: just turn off the phone itself.

Antony Hollinghurst, Fareham, Hampshire


Blink and you’ll miss it

Has anyone else noticed how few cars these days have indicators that work properly? Most cars in my area have indicators that appear to function for only one or two seconds before the car turns — when they work at all.

Judith Hutchinson, Sunderland
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