Many years ago I broke down in my recently restored Mini with a lack of spark but managed to pull off onto the hard shoulder of the M25 just beyond the A10 tunnel going anti clockwise around the right hand bend - during rush hour at dusk. I was terrified so called the AA and stayed well back behind the Armco. The patrol man arrived very quickly and was very upset that he could not fix the problem on the hard shoulder and decided to tow the car to the next junction on a fixed bar behind his van. Luckily, I was able to get him to tow the car to a friend's garage in Potter's Bar. I'll never forget that journey - no vision other than 2 yellow doors. It turned out that when the sheath was cut it also nipped the positive and negative wires which we only identified in the dark garage when we tried to start it causing a short.surfblue63 wrote: ↑Wed Dec 28, 2022 5:17 pm I wouldn't want to be an AA man recovering a car from a two lane dualled A road either.
My point is Smart Motorways are no more dangerous than any other non-Motorway dual carriageway, but they do have monitored CCTV and overhead illuminated signage.
PS I don't think the AA would recover you from a live lane, I think they would wait for the Highways Agency people to tow you to a place of safety.
My friend was also my navigator and we also broke down with no clutch on the M5 as we entered a roadwork section in Somerset, but I could negotiate between the cones, as I was used to doing that on the rally we had retired from with clutch selection problems.(Pivot mount for clutch arm broke!)
The moral of my story is that if we all wish to enjoy driving our Minis on all types of roads we should at least add hazard lights and perhaps a high intensity brake light like the last 500 Rover Mini Coopers.
To conclude. Last time I took my 1997 mpi for its MOT it spluttered and the engine stopped on the way on a country lane with "white van man" in close pursuit. Luckily the hazard warning light switch worked and I was safe.
Wishing you all a very safe 2023. Keep your wheels in line and accelerate out of danger, if appropriate.
ps I will always remember a road trip back from a very icy sideways moment in the mountains near Geneva in 1973 returning from a ski resort. On the motorway approaching Geneva, at motorway speeds, the traffic suddenly stopped ahead of us and my Norwegian driver/host braked hard and hit the hazard switch at the same time. The following cars knew exactly what to do.
pps Maybe periodic driving assessment tests is the way forward rather than the current "I've passed my test so I know how to drive" mentality.