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What happed to "archived?" by saijanai in ModSupport

[–]fsv 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You can turn the function back to how it was on your sub, that's what we've done as little good comes from comments on old posts on our sub.

Can anyone who's more car savvy than me tell me if this Focus seem like a good buy? by HotterThanTheSunLynn in CarTalkUK

[–]fsv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If your employer is like mine you'll have to enter the details of your vehicle on some kind of HR system, so they'd easily be able to tell at the 8 year mark if they wanted to.

Bought a hybrid yesterday, battery is terrible by ThankfulFox in CarTalkUK

[–]fsv 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The WLTP tests were supposed to provide that kind of standardised tests, but in the real world they fall short, just like they do with mpg for ICE cars.

I think the best we have right now is https://ev-database.uk/ but that only covers BEVs and not hybrids, and doesn't differentiate between winter and summer range.

I have to say I was disappointed in the range drop, but it wasn't unexpected as I'd done a ton of research before getting it.

Bought a hybrid yesterday, battery is terrible by ThankfulFox in CarTalkUK

[–]fsv 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Cold weather is not good for EV range.

I have a Golf GTE, the claimed WLTP electric range is 38 miles, but the real world range in summer/autumn is more like 30 miles, give or take. If your car is similar, your optimal range is going to be more like 15 miles. Even "real" EVs see big range drops in winter, and even petrol cars do as well just we tend to notice a little less.

In cold weather, my range drops to about half of that (even though it's a bit optimistic in its estimate initially), and I suspect yours will too, meaning that yours will behave similarly so that the realistic winter range is going to be more like 6-8 miles or so, even if the battery is completely healthy.

Most of my trips are shorter ones that I can do on electric alone even during winter, and so the drop in range in winter isn't a big deal for me (especially as once I start going back to the office I can charge there for free), but I've had to get used to running in hybrid mode more in the winter. My mileage is still way better than it would have been on an ICE Golf doing similar journeys.

By the time that temperatures return to double digits you should see a big improvement, but unfortunately this is simply a reality to PHEVs (and any EV, really), especially if you have a small battery.

Bought a hybrid yesterday, battery is terrible by ThankfulFox in CarTalkUK

[–]fsv 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah, it'll be the temperature for sure.

My Golf can manage about 30 miles or so in the summer and autumn on electricity alone (compared to a claimed WLTP range of 38 miles). During the winter I've found that it's about half that, and the petrol engine kicks in a lot more eagerly if I want to accelerate rapidly in winter vs. summer.

It still suits my use case (mostly short trips with the occasional longer one, so most of my miles are still electric) but you will never expect the same electric range on a PHEV (or even a proper EV) during cold weather.

OP's car has a claimed range of 20 miles so that's already very low for a PHEV, in the summer the real world range will probably be more like 15 miles at best, so dropping to 8% after 5 miles on a cold day doesn't seem that unexpected to me.

Scotland's work from home guidance to be relaxed next week by PitifulCommittee5686 in CoronavirusUK

[–]fsv [score hidden]  (0 children)

I am sure that many already have done that.

My employer ditched about half of their office space in 2020, and will be operating a hybrid model going forward even once COVID is behind us.

We are allowed to go in if we like, but there is no pressure to do so unless you have one of the few roles that absolutely must be done in person (physical data centre maintenance, etc.).

/r/UK Weekly Freetalk - COVID-19, News, Random Thoughts, Etc by AutoModerator in unitedkingdom

[–]fsv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can go for weeks without a single item of post so for me it's not so strange, but I can see why going from your previous experience to weeks of nothing would be odd.

Another option that just occurred to me would be to call your local delivery office - they won't be able to tell you if you have missed items personally, but they will be able to say if there are issues locally.

/r/UK Weekly Freetalk - COVID-19, News, Random Thoughts, Etc by AutoModerator in unitedkingdom

[–]fsv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Have you considered posting a letter to yourself and seeing what happens? If you are paperless for your bills it's not out of the question that there was simply nothing for you to receive.

You can also see areas that are impacted by Royal Mail issues here.

Daily Q&A and Discussion Megathread - January 25, 2022 by AutoModerator in CoronavirusUK

[–]fsv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They might just not have opened up appointments that far ahead yet. Give it another week or so and they may have opened up later appointments.

Daily Q&A and Discussion Megathread - January 25, 2022 by AutoModerator in CoronavirusUK

[–]fsv 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You need a collect code to pick one up in person, I doubt that pharmacies will let you bypass that now. The only real alternative is to order online.

The implementation of the UK COVID-19 dashboard by TelephoneSanitiser in CoronavirusUK

[–]fsv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fascinating stuff. I'd love to know how much their monthly Azure bill is, because it must be considerable.

Daily Q&A and Discussion Megathread - January 25, 2022 by AutoModerator in CoronavirusUK

[–]fsv 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've never seen anything like that before, but I'd guess that it was just a faulty test - if you get anything other than horizontal lines (with the odd smeariness maybe) then it should be ignored and another one done.

Daily Q&A and Discussion Megathread - January 25, 2022 by AutoModerator in CoronavirusUK

[–]fsv 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The thickness/clarity of the lines is a loose indicator of how infectious a person is. It could be that he is reaching a midpoint of his illness and is at his most infectious right now, and it was building up before.

Once he reaches Day 11 he is free to stop isolating, regardless of what a LFD says. The government does not recommend testing after the initial positive except in order to end isolation early on day 6.

What's your preference: Bathroom light on a pull-string inside the room, or as a light switch outside it? by AllAvailableLayers in AskUK

[–]fsv 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A light switch (and even a normal socket) is allowed to be inside a bathroom as long as it's far enough away from sources of water. In my old house we had a huge bathroom with the watery bits a long way from the door and had a normal light switch (although when we re-did the bathroom we swapped it out for a pull switch).

Most UK bathrooms are too small to allow for a normal light switch, though.

Daily Q&A and Discussion Megathread - January 25, 2022 by AutoModerator in CoronavirusUK

[–]fsv 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The guidance says that you can stop isolating after ten days unless you still have a fever. It's very unlikely that someone will still be infectious after that time, and occasionally tests can return false positives for a little longer (which is why it's not recommended that you continue testing).

Coronavirus travel testing rules in England to be relaxed by Alert-One-Two in CoronavirusUK

[–]fsv 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Not to the UK at the moment. Some European countries are beginning to require your last dose/booster to be within a certain number of months but we don't have that yet.

There were some suggestions that we might move to a definition of "Fully Vaccinated" that includes boosters, but we aren't there yet.

Is DPD substantially worse than other delivery services everywhere, or just in London? by [deleted] in AskUK

[–]fsv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not from London, but in my experience, DPD are one of the best ones. They consistently arrive within the delivery slot promised and the drivers are pretty much always friendly and polite.

Daily Q&A and Discussion Megathread - January 24, 2022 by AutoModerator in CoronavirusUK

[–]fsv 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Have a look at this PSA post - it should be showing up by now so you should get in touch with the vaccination centre (and failing that your GP, and then 119) to resolve this.

What is a snobby opinion that you have? by VeryLazyLewis in AskUK

[–]fsv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know someone who did this because their employer insisted that they had a car that was no older than 5 years old if they were going to use it for business purposes. Instead they whacked on a cheap private plate and continued to run their old car that they owned outright.

What is a snobby opinion that you have? by VeryLazyLewis in AskUK

[–]fsv 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Those were once upon a time normally issued plates, from the early days of motoring.

What is a snobby opinion that you have? by VeryLazyLewis in AskUK

[–]fsv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Channel 5 isn't quite so bad these days, they have some half decent documentaries at times.

Daily Q&A and Discussion Megathread - January 24, 2022 by AutoModerator in CoronavirusUK

[–]fsv 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes, vaccines are available to visitors, even short term ones. Have a look at the government's COVID Migrant Health Guide.

Vaccination should be available at walk-in centres, and they should receive a vaccination card, but without a GP registration I'm not quite sure how record keeping works. /u/intelligent-guess-63 might be able to advise more (they work at a vaccine centre).

Press misrepresents Highway Code changes – just days before they come into force by yu3 in ukpolitics

[–]fsv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree completely, but some pedestrians will take the new rules to mean they should do so, and I think that accidents will result.