Joined: Oct. 2017
||Posted: 19 Oct. 2017,07:33
|Quote (Dave_L @ 18 Oct. 2017,18:26)|
|Turning of the steering wheel whilst stationary on a new macadam surface is to be avoided at all costs, otherwise scuffing will occur. Especially so in hot weather like we had for a short time in June.|
From what you say, you've done it 4 times, didn;t you think of the potential damage after the first time?
However, I agree, you should have been warned about the potential pitfalls with a suitable leaflet, like I do.
Well Dave, the problem for me was that the drive narrows off markedly at the top end and with my Estate Car it leaves little room to maneuver and forces "several 3 point turns" just to turn round. Currently to avoid the problem, I have to reverse all the way up the Drive, which is a real bind.
And no I did not think this was going to be a problem as it has never happened before to me or anyone else I know in the last 60 years of my driving experience.
With regard to "new macadam", the drive had been laid at least a month based on my dates already given and in fact I see from my records that we did indeed view the property on May the 20th, which according to that makes it 3 months before I informed the builder which is when it appeared. This does not take into account how long the property had been put on the Market with an Estate Agent, which in fairness could have been months before that. Is that in a "new" category?
As a matter of interest the Builder told me and my wife (before we used the drive for my traffic) that delivery's by his Contractor's Lorries had been made using the same driveway up to the time when the Property was sold and they had not caused any problem with the wear and tear.
The marks which I made were in fact done in one operation (two separate turns), whilst the others (which were on the road side of our Security Gate) were made by someone else, presumably turning around using our drive entrance onto the main road. I had no involvement in those last marks.
The other thing is the Builder provided a "spur" at the top of the drive on which a car can be parked. As this was in use at the time with my wife's car, I could not use that to ease the turning area. Sod's Law!
As most modern vehicles are fitted with power steering, is this a common problem? If so would it not show itself on Public Car Parks and the like, where turning into spaces with very limited room be evident?
I am grateful for your input anyway.