Can’t afford to keep up with my wife’s kerb addiction!

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I thought I was pretty good at avoiding curbs until I went down one of those spiral ramps at Heathrow and got the dreaded sound from the passenger side wheels kerbing. Since then my wheels seem to be drawn to the damn things. Why can't MB do those wing mirrors which lower when they sense that you are parking next to the kerb or do they already do this as an optional extra?
It’s certainly available on many models but it may not be standard on on all trim levels. For it to activate when engaging referred the minor toggle switch must be set to the passenger side.
 
Our sons Ioniq 5 has a very useful feature. When indicating at low speed it activates the camera under the mirror on that side and displays a view of the kerb on the instrument display.
 
Our sons Ioniq 5 has a very useful feature. When indicating at low speed it activates the camera under the mirror on that side and displays a view of the kerb on the instrument display.
Now that sounds like a very useful design feature. It would certainly help me out a lot when turning left near curbs or when parking up with a kerb on the near side.
 
Our sons Ioniq 5 has a very useful feature. When indicating at low speed it activates the camera under the mirror on that side and displays a view of the kerb on the instrument display.
Similar thing on Tesla’s, when you reverse the wing cameras display (they are looking backwards from the front wings) so it’s practically impossible to hit the kerb if paying attention.
 
They look horrendous. If as you say neglect, then thats the owner negligence.
I swear it’s the chemicals. I take the back roads to work, so in the winter my car is hanging. On occasions I take it to the hand wash place for a good clean. I’ve always washed my wife’s myself and it’s been fine.

Last year I used my wife’s car more so. I bought some wheel cleaner for it, (normally just soap and water with a pressure wash), but the same thing is starting to happen with her wheels.
 
I think relying on under mirror cameras is just another way of taking away the skill of driving! Years ago some trucks and vans had a downward facing mirror high up on the nearside for the same purpose, they were known as idiot mirrors
 
Steel wheels would be the way to go, better with the potholes too! I’ve cracked the inside rim on 4 wheels in the last 5-6 years, which is becoming tedious
 
I think relying on under mirror cameras is just another way of taking away the skill of driving! Years ago some trucks and vans had a downward facing mirror high up on the nearside for the same purpose, they were known as idiot mirrors
Tesla is leading the way to full automation. I do wonder how long it will be before certain scenarios will be taken away from us by automated driving systems. The problem is legal policies are not keeping up with technology.
 
Tesla is leading the way to full automation. I do wonder how long it will be before certain scenarios will be taken away from us by automated driving systems. The problem is legal policies are not keeping up with technology.
At our monthly Alfa meet last night we had a presentation from an Inst. Advanced Motoring Instructor. Really interesting. An ex Police driver and motorcycle (and firearms) instructor. He’d just been to a conference all about car automation. And the takeaway he had was that it’s been shown a number of times in various studies that the two don’t mix well on the road (automated and manual). Even more interesting in experiments the manual drivers would “bully” the automated vehicles because they know they will yield. I’d never considered that aspect. In one test in simulated traffic he said the automated car couldn’t move at all because the manual vehicles would not let it out of a turning!
 
I thought I was pretty good at avoiding curbs until I went down one of those spiral ramps at Heathrow and got the dreaded sound from the passenger side wheels kerbing. Since then my wheels seem to be drawn to the damn things. Why can't MB do those wing mirrors which lower when they sense that you are parking next to the kerb or do they already do this as an optional extra?
I first saw those on a Renault Safrane , more years ago than I care to remember , but if MB had not pandered to the bean-counters , then they would have kept the so well engineered deep passenger side mirrors as designed for the W201 and W124 which give a view down towards ground level , as well as still giving rear view without need for adjustment .
 
Another day in paradise and another kerb bashing to deal with this morning!
 

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