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Old 10 November 2005, 11:53   #41
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Yeh, but you Yellerlegs were only allowed to use the brakes on instruction from your Subbie who was usually asleep.

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*Lamp swinging*

Picture the scene... It's a freezing winter’s day.. there's ice on the ground... I'm driving the pump back to the station down a very steep side street onto a main road not far from the station..We are slowly entering the main road from the side street

Sub-O " Nice one Jono.. glad to see you easing out cautiously for a change"

Me " No sweat Sub... but I've actually still got the handbrake on"

Sub -O "...S**T !!!"...

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Old 10 November 2005, 12:07   #42
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*lamp still swinging*

Anyone know the Hagley Mile? It's a feckin' loooooong drag on the edge of our old patch.... we had a S&D pump that the Chief had obviously had on the cheap 'cause it was, quite frankly, crap. The brakes were air over hydraulic and it was one of the first auto boxes into service.... anyways.. we get a call out and feck off “toute-de-bloody-suite” to a "persons reported" at the top of the patch which means a good fifteen minute thrash including going up the mile... just as we get there, the stop goes in from our esteemed colleagues from "over the border" in Halesowen.. so we turns round and heads for home to enjoy a well-deserved tea and toast break....down the "Mile" we go.... approaching the..now red.. lights at the bottom of the hill....

Me... "Sub?"
Sub-O.. "Yes?"
Me " Don't mean to alarm you but..."
Sub-O "Yeeeeeeeees?"
Me " We ain't got no feckin' brakes left and I cant shift down this feckin' Auto box"
Sub-O " S**T !! "








We hit the bottom of the hill doing about 60 ish... with the lights'n horns on ..praying.... you won't believe how fast we went round the island and back up the hill to slow down... it was like a sling shot.....
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Old 10 November 2005, 12:11   #43
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you said "why wreck an engine when you can use the brakes".

I know my memory is failing but I don't remember saying that. What I said is that you use your engine for GO and your brakes to STOP.

I shall recommend to the emergency services that Codprawns School of Motoring handbook immediately replaces the gobbledegook that generations of Police Driving Instructors have been peddling to us poor misinformed gullible fools.

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Old 10 November 2005, 12:18   #44
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I know my memory is failing but I don't remember saying that. What I said is that you use your engine for GO and your brakes to STOP.

I shall recommend to the emergency services that Codprawns School of Motoring handbook immediately replaces the gobbledegook that generations of Police Driving Instructors have been peddling to us poor misinformed gullible fools.

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"Why use a very expensive engine to do the job of a cheap set of brake pads?" is exactly what you said.

One minute you seem to be saying use the brakes and not the engine to stop - then you say you must be "in the correct gear". Surely being in the correct gear means you WILL be using the engine to slow you down??? If not you may as well just chuck it into neutral......
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Old 10 November 2005, 12:20   #45
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We hit the bottom of the hill doing about 60 ish... with the lights'n horns on ..praying.... you won't believe how fast we went round the island and back up the hill to slow down... it was like a sling shot.....

Got to be honest the Firebrigade instructor did also say that with the sirens on you don't really need brakes and the correct gear to be in going downhill is top!!!
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Old 10 November 2005, 12:24   #46
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Got to be honest the Firebrigade instructor did also say that with the sirens on you don't really need brakes and the correct gear to be in going downhill is top!!!
Bollox!! ........ He was talking out of his arse then..The first reaction of most muppets on hearing the two tones coming up behind 'em was to slam the anchors on right in front of you...
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Old 10 November 2005, 12:29   #47
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Bollox!! ........ He was talking out of his arse then..The first reaction of most muppets on hearing the two tones coming up behind 'em was to slam the anchors on right in front of you...

err I think he was JOKING!!!!!
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"Why use a very expensive engine to do the job of a cheap set of brake pads?" is exactly what you said.
Ah. So my memory is not failing.


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Surely being in the correct gear means you WILL be using the engine to slow you down
No, it doesn't.

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Old 10 November 2005, 12:37   #49
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Ah. So my memory is not failing.




No, it doesn't.

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HOW??? Are you in the correct gear with your foot pressed down on the clutch then?

ANY gear will provide some engine braking - obviously the lower the gear the more the effect.
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Strangely, none of the cars seems to have had a reverse gear..........

this made me laugh out loud
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