I recently got back from Great Britain (yes photos to come… there are roughly 900 I have to go through so please be patient!) and the biggest challenge over there was driving.
You may already know, but if you don’t… their cars are ‘backwards’ by the rest of the world’s standards. The driver is on the right hand side of the car, and you drive on the other side of the road as well.
We were in a rental car, so unfortunately, I was not in Bee while I was over there (I think shipping her ‘across the pond’ back to where she came, would have been a million times more than the trip itself) - and the rental car was pretty nice, but it felt wide in comparison to the tiny roads England and Scotland have.
It made me realize one of the safety features I LOVE about the 2013 B-Class, and other Mercedes-Benz cars as well: Lane Assist.
What is this? It’s a sensor that detects when you start to cross over the lines that give you the parameters of your lane. If you start drifting, the steering wheel vibrates as if to say “HEY! Watch where you’re going”!
Once your turn signal is on & you properly indicate you are turning, or changing lanes, the lane assist is deactivated and the steering wheel will not vibrate. How smart is that?
In England and Scotland, the lanes were TINY and because we were used to driving on the other side of the car, both my mom and I would continually drift to the left (there were some curbs mounted and some bushes trimmed unintentionally) and the lane assist would have been an amazing feature to help us keep our eyes on the road and our car in the lane.
Just another reason I LOVE the 2013 Mercedes-Benz B-Class!
More pics to come of Bee soon :)
I came home to a WONDERFUL surprise from @mercedesbenzcanada !! A new watch &keychain! Wow #BSpoiled! Thank you thank you! Bee and I will look great with our new bling! #BPlayful #BTheFace #BVIPd
All my gear loaded up in bee to make the final part of the journey!! #BPlayful #BTheFace
Pics like these remind me how much I miss having a pup! #BPlayful #MansBestFriend
I think Monopoly had some inspiration from the signage in York, England!! #BPlayful #BTheFace #UK2013
Buckingham Palace is under lock and key… I think I could pick it ;) #BPlayful #BTheFace #UK2013
Dropped the beau off at the airport - and yes Bee could hold all the luggage! Golf clubs are heading to Winnipeg! #btheface
I’ve been working with the Pirelli World Challenge for a few years now, started with them when they were the sponsored by Toyo Tires back in 2010, and oh how things have changed.
The series has grown in size, adding the B-Spec Cars to the track last year and in fans following the series.
What’s most exciting about this race series, to me, is the fact that cars with different strengths and horsepower hop on the track at the same time. What the SCCA has done differently with the World-Challenge this year is only allowed GT and GTS cars to race on the street tracks.
This year, I was walking the grid as the cars were lining up for Round 7 and I noticed we had a new brand - Mercedes-Benz!! Tim Pappas is driving an AMG SLS GT3. It’s probably the ONLY car on the track that looks like a race car you played with as a kid. It’ sleek, shiny and the doors open upward ;)
Take a look:
It was great to see Mercedes-Benz join the grid, and I look forward to taking my B-Class to Limerock in July to enjoy another round.
Speaking of which - I had a 6 hour drive in Bee down to Belle Isle for the Detroit Grand Prix - my first road trip in her! All I can say is WOW - her highway mileage is great. Put her in cruise control and it’s just smooth sailing, especially with the Eco feature!!
I had a short pit stop after about 5 hours of Driving, the Attention Assist came on and told me to take a break - I think it was time to get out of the driver’s seat, stretch my legs and grab a bit to eat. I posted a video asking if I should eat in the car or not - many of you said yes, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it! She still is food free!! Thanks for the suggestions though - made me feel better knowing I’m not the only one who would eat in a new car ;)
I need your help with a tough decision!
As I get used to the features in the 2012 Mercedes-Benz B-Class, I am struck by some of the safety features. Yes, it has an indicator stick (come on… that picture is too funny not to share), but it also has something else that helps if I can’t see someone.
It’s called Blind Spot Assist. In my side mirrors, there are little triangles that will light up red if someone is in my blind spot. Additionally, if I try to change lanes when they are lit, the car beeps at me. I’ll get a video & share it soon to show you what I mean.
It’s just one (of the MANY) safety features I love about Bee!