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Old Mar 25th, 2020, 22:53   #21
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Obviously, but taking my car out for a spin on my own, isn't going to increase the risk of getting the virus.
I agree. Neither is it going to increase the chance of you giving it to anyone either. Cycling though, passing people, high breathing/ exhalation rate is quite likelyto to infect the pedestrians, if the cyclist is infected.
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Taking my car out counts as exercise, right? Stretching her legs..

Cyclists should be banned full stop. Always stinking up the place.
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I had to drive from home in Hampshire to get my daughter from central London se16 yesterday it was essential journey as she wanted to get out of a house share she is in for health reasons. I saw lots of cyclists and joggers in Chelsea area and more in central London too. I agree they could be cross contamination going on with these. I felt safe enough in the car and didn’t stop, only used the loo at her house equipped with mask and gloves. The roads everywhere were empty which was a bonus for this journey but until this virus is under control my mileage will be the shops and home. The frightening thing is that you can’t easily stop anywhere for a break. Although their was a services on M4 just before Chiswick roundabout that was open. Stay safe stay well.
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Sorry wanted to ask re low car usage and battery life does not remotely locking the car take the strain of your battery? I.e no alarm active or other power requirements when parked up. Or is their no benefit?
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Sorry wanted to ask re low car usage and battery life does not remotely locking the car take the strain of your battery? I.e no alarm active or other power requirements when parked up. Or is their no benefit?
No real benefit, a lock/unlock operation is a "single shot" use of power and then the alarm is using quiescent current while the car is parked. This is negligible, certainly in normal use and a similar amount of current will be drawn whether the alarm is armed or not. Yes, it will be marginally higher whilst armed but not significantly so.

The downside of not arming the alarm is if your car is stolen, the insurance company is likely to not pay out with their argument being you hadn't taken all reasonable steps to prevent its theft.

You indicate that you'll be using the car to go to the shops, when you do make sure it's a reasonable sort of run (not just a mile there and back) so the battery has a chance to get some charge in it.
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No real benefit, a lock/unlock operation is a "single shot" use of power and then the alarm is using quiescent current while the car is parked. This is negligible, certainly in normal use and a similar amount of current will be drawn whether the alarm is armed or not. Yes, it will be marginally higher whilst armed but not significantly so.

The downside of not arming the alarm is if your car is stolen, the insurance company is likely to not pay out with their argument being you hadn't taken all reasonable steps to prevent its theft.

You indicate that you'll be using the car to go to the shops, when you do make sure it's a reasonable sort of run (not just a mile there and back) so the battery has a chance to get some charge in it.
Why does "Take The Long Way Home" by Supertramp keep playing in mind?
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