Ever despair of ploughing through those hefty car user manuals? Audi R8 has the longest, spread over 308 pages and requiring over 43 hours to read
Ever despair of ploughing your way through those hefty car user manuals? Some of those tomes really will take longer to read than Tolstoy’s epic War And Peace.
Analysis of nearly 100 manuals by Scrap Car Comparison (scrapcarcomparison. co.uk) found the Audi R8 has the longest with 616,064 words spread over 308 pages requiring an eye-watering 43 hours and 9 minutes to read.
That’s 28,000 words and two hours more reading time than is required for War And Peace and just under three hours more reading-time the entire Lord of The Rings book series (including the Hobbit) at 576,45 words and 40 hours 22 minutes.
Enjoy a good read?: The Audi R8 has the longest user manual with 616,064 words spread over 308 pages requiring an eye-watering 43 hours and 9 minutes to read
Indeed, Audi dominates the top ten models with the longest manuals, with the R8, e-tron and A3 models each taking more than 12 hours to read. Volvo’s XC40 takes 12 hours, VW ID.4 11 hours 46 minutes, and a Ford Focus 11 hours 25 minutes.
By contrast Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code takes nine hours 37 minutes to read, Moby Dick 6 hours 37 minutes, Pride and Prejudice 5 hours 50 minutes, and JK Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ 5 hours 23 minutes.
Researchers said the average manual length stands at 109,106 words.
Scrap Car Comparison said their research took word counts from each manual and used the average English silent reading speed of 238 words per minute to reach the results.
Most difficult to read manual was that of the McLaren 765LT followed by the Vauxhall Crossland X and the BMW 2 Series, while that of the Tesla Model Y was deemed the easiest.
Dan Gick, managing director at Scrap Car Comparison said: ‘Though most car manuals do not have the same appeal of a good beach read, it’s been fascinating to reveal from our research just how long these manuals take to read from cover to cover.
‘And while some seem to get it right in terms of reading length and accessibility, other manufacturers may need to think about whether they’re making their manuals overly complex.
Epic: Audi dominates the top ten models with the longest manuals
‘However ultimately, no matter how long – or seemingly boring – your vehicle’s manual may appear, it’s important to familiarise yourself with its contents. If not, you risk your vehicle becoming unsafe or falling into disrepair, which could lead to a premature trip to the scrap heap.’
To view the full research and see where your vehicle’s owner manual ranks, visit: https://www.scrapcarcomparison.co.uk/blog/manual-madness/
Manchester has highest bus lane penalties
If you’ve ever fallen foul of bus lane signage (especially in the rain when road markings seem to disappear), take note.
Manchester imposes the highest number of bus lane infringement penalties — and earns the highest annual revenue at more than £3.7million, according to Freedom of Information data obtained by vehicle finance firm Moneybarn (moneybarn.com).
Cashing in: Manchester imposes the highest number of bus lane infringement penalties
In ticket number terms it is followed by Bristol, while for revenue raised, it towers over Barnet (£2.99million), Lambeth (£2.74 million), Glasgow (£2.17million) and Birmingham (£2.13million).
The report said Portsmouth fined drivers the least with only 10,842 fines in one year, while Swindon earned the least revenue at £444,565 from 14,682 fines.
The firm said of 81 councils contacted for 2020/21 data, it received 51 full replies.
Full research here: https://www.moneybarn.com/blog/latest-motor-news/bus-lane-fines/
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