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These people actually drive on our roads

Postby sarahandthebear » 17 Dec 2017, 23:53

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.dailym ... nside.html No words just none even if there are two caps on the car how you could not tell which one was for the fuel tank is just beyond me. Maybe next time I'm at the petrol station I fill my van up through the exhaust as it looks like a good place to fill up from. Just another case of people and there ignorance of how the world works around them sorry rant over
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Re: These people actually drive on our roads

Postby bigbadbob76 » 18 Dec 2017, 09:16

You would think no-one could be that stupid but if it can be done some numpty will do it. :shock:
At least my dad only filled the fresh water tank with petrol. :lol:
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Re: These people actually drive on our roads

Postby Citizen Smith » 18 Dec 2017, 09:48

This unfortunate lady is not the first person to make this particular mistake and could well not be the last. Intuitive functionality is a key driver in product design so if you put a hole in the side of a vehicle where one might expect to see a fuel filler it is not going to be long before someone gets it open and puts fuel in it.
Use of the term fool-proofing is commonplace today and is not intended to infer that the world is full of fools but simply that confusion over operating procedure, a sequence of unfortunate operations or a moment of absent mindedness should not result in failure or especially, disaster.
In spite of much clearer signage a world wide fuel tank drain and flush industry is in existance based on the erroneous mix up between Petrol and Diesel at petrol pumps. So the lady is certainly not on her own in this area of confusion.

Out of interest when I acquired my WBX from a mate who had had a lifetime career in the motor industry I noticed that the top of the vertical breather stack gismo (I don't know what it is called) was cut off and retained with a plastic bag and rubber band. I replaced it anyway and later worked out that in an earlier life it had been mistaken for a jammed on oil filler cap :roll:

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Re: These people actually drive on our roads

Postby multisi » 18 Dec 2017, 09:55

I read somewhere that when the VW T3 came to the USA people were opening the small engine hatch above the rear bumper and attempting to put petrol in the engine oil filler tube.
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Re: These people actually drive on our roads

Postby itchyfeet » 18 Dec 2017, 10:04

Even if you made a single stupid mistake surely the stench of petrol fumes in the car when you get in would be enough for you to get out straight away and not try to drive off.
This person needs their licence taken away, clearly a danger in a car.
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Postby tobydog » 18 Dec 2017, 10:40

Perfect example of Murphy's law
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Re: These people actually drive on our roads

Postby DoubleOSeven » 18 Dec 2017, 11:40

I wouldn't believe anything the Daily Mail prints! ;)
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Re: These people actually drive on our roads

Postby crazyhorse » 18 Dec 2017, 11:44

DoubleOSeven wrote:I wouldn't believe anything the Daily Mail prints! ;)


Agreed
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Re: These people actually drive on our roads

Postby itchyfeet » 18 Dec 2017, 11:47

DoubleOSeven wrote:I wouldn't believe anything the Daily Mail prints! ;)


In the telegraph too is that more believeable?
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Re: These people actually drive on our roads

Postby crazyhorse » 18 Dec 2017, 11:51

itchyfeet wrote:
DoubleOSeven wrote:I wouldn't believe anything the Daily Mail prints! ;)


In the telegraph too is that more believeable?


A tad... not much...
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Re: These people actually drive on our roads

Postby bigbadbob76 » 18 Dec 2017, 12:25

tobydog wrote:Perfect example of Murphy's law


And an honorary mention in the Darwin awards. :P
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Re: These people actually drive on our roads

Postby itchyfeet » 18 Dec 2017, 12:59

Another Stupid Smart car driver, clearly the fridge should be laying down

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Re: These people actually drive on our roads

Postby NicBeeee » 18 Dec 2017, 13:44

Sold my smart roadster a couple of years ago, I had a spare bonnet and a new bridgestone that I told the buyer that he was welcome to collect at a later date as he had no chance to fit it in the roadster, at least that is what I thought. I still don`t know how he managed it.

The air intake is on the exact same position on the opposite side of the fuel filler cap and goes to the air filter box and then over the engine compartment and floor, apparently the driver realized the petrol was pouring over the floor and decided to hop in the car turn around and fill in the other side, guess the ignition had different ideas.
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Re: These people actually drive on our roads

Postby AngeloEvs » 18 Dec 2017, 17:15

I have a Smart car, same type, the filter cap and petrol filler cap are identical and located in identical positions. It's a bad design if one can be mistaken for the other.
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Re: These people actually drive on our roads

Postby Citizen Smith » 20 Dec 2017, 09:59

I like the Smart Car concept and in a better world these would be a "Peoples Car". (The onlygood idea that the bloke with the Laural and Harvey mustache got right - nearly).

Problem with me is that as in the Fiat 500 Abarth, they will evolve bigger, more powerful, more complicated and of course more expensive.
My idea of a City Car is a cross between say the Fiat 500 and a mobility scooter. Probably run on the basis of the Boris - spit - Bikes. But then how would such a machine serve society? :roll:
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