Having not cleaned the car for a long time, I've now noticed that there is a huge amount of brake dust on the front wheels. It's almost forming dunes! Looking at the pads, there is noticable wear and I'm going to have to keep a close eye on them.
Having looked at the brake pads, they are less worn than I thought and they also started off thinner than I thought too (pad thickness when new is 8mm).
The sun is out! No grip on the road at all though. It's like driving on ice. Accelerate off of a roundabout and the back wheels spin up, change up to third and they are still spinning. Stuck to the main roads and drove with caution. My next drive will probably be in the new year at this rate .
Filled the tank up which was showing 10% full. It took 22 litres (£22.50) to fill it up again, so I've averaged just under 22mpg. Almost exactly the same as my Subaru Impreza Turbo managed to average over two years of ownership. That's hugely impressive given the style of my driving in the Fury.
With the roads cleared of the salt by the recent rain and the sun out, I took my son out in the car for his second trip. Went out on some open roads this time, to let him better experience the straight-line acceleration of the car. He sat there quietly and held on, with a smile on his face. At the end of the trip he summed it up nicely - 'That was wicked!'. And that was my last drive in 2007.
My wife bought me Richard Hammond's book, 'On The Edge' for Christmas. It's not the best written book I've ever read but, it is moving and a sober reminder of our mortality and wider responsibilities when we get behind the wheel. But then I guess that was why she bought it for me. It is worth a read.