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Old 03-15-2012, 02:39 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Dude, do you have any idea of the energy potential of an 80,000 pound rig doing 50 MPH? A fucking Saturn would crumple like a beer can, so would a huge ass F-350 diesel pickup. Trust me dude, you tangle with a semi and it does not matter what kind of vehicle you are in, you are going home in a box.
LOL! I LMFAO when I read that quip about his Saturn.

A big rig hitting a vehicle is like a 150 pound guy getting hit by a rhinoceros... a rhinoceros with the speed of a cheetah. It's simple physics. It's just not gonna work out well for the little guy.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:40 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Yes, I read the report of this and the guy in the car got pissed because he thought the truck "blocked him in" so he deliberately swerved into the front axle of the truck. What sucks about this is the truck driver did the wrong thing by trying to avoid the collision and swerving. Because he left his lane, he was held at fault for all the bad shit that went down after he left his lane. I will not leave my lane for an idiot in a car no matter what; especially with fuel. If the idiot has to die then so be it; I will not willingly involve an innocent motorist in another lane because of dumb fuck. I consider it enforing a Darwin Award....
That'll show that dumbass truck driver to mess with me!
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:44 PM   #23 (permalink)
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That truck was demolished.... period. The debris field was just as much that truck as it was that trucks canopy. Did you see the semi on impact? Even it was phased in this wreck....

That quick...
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:00 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Damn! I drive fast (but in control) most of the time, but if the weather or situation requires me to drive like a grandma then you better believe I will. I never cut off rigs or bigger trucks because that's just dumb! I don't know how it is everywhere else, but I often wish the DMV here would require driving tests every year or 2, instead of just a written test every 4-8yrs, especially if the driver has been involved in any accidents, moving violations, etc.

I think that forcing people to take a driving test every year or so would actually help prevent a lot of these idiots from keeping their driving privileges, or at least make them realize it's a privilege NOT a right, and should be treated as such. I'd rather be 5 minutes late than dead!
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:47 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I think that forcing people to take a driving test every year or so would actually help prevent a lot of these idiots from keeping their driving privileges, or at least make them realize it's a privilege NOT a right, and should be treated as such. I'd rather be 5 minutes late than dead!
I gave up on the speed thing a few years ago. It was just too tiring on long drives and snowy roads to get somewhere 30 minutes sooner.

It's funny you should mention recurring driving tests: my 88 year-old mother just had to do her written test again (all old people in Ontario do) Pain in the butt that it might be, she's a big fan of the requirement and thinks that she should have to do a driving test too. Says it refreshes her memory of all the little things you're supposed to know.
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People still don`t respect trains either. It is amazing the stupid shit people (truck drivers too) do at railroad crossings.
Again, because I haul Gasoline, I am required to stop at railroad crossings. I will frequently get people in cars get totally pissed off, honk the horn flash the high beams and angrily go around me at a blind railroad crossing without even looking for a train. A semi is no match for a train yet these dumbasses in cars think their Honda is impervious to trains....
^^^^^ Yea what you said!!!!

I work with trains everyday and people just don't get it, We are now running trains up to 17,000 tons and over two miles long. "that's 34,000,000 pounds folks" It takes a very long time to stop that much weight and even if it hits something and derails its gonna travel another half mile before coming to a stop.

I don't think its safe to run them that big or long and I could go into a lot of reasons why but thats just greedy corporate america.
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:58 PM   #27 (permalink)
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As a pilot, I have annual currency requirements that have to be met and every 2 years, I have to take a Flight Review with a flight instructor to make sure I remain safe and competent in the air. ***snip***
Yeah, I teach people how to get their licences to drive airside at Pearson Airport in Toronto (well I did until the move out west). I probably spend more time airside than I do groundside, and I feel WAY more safe there due to the stringent training, testing, and re-testing requirements.

The thing that kills me is people come to me after driving on the street anywhere from 2-30 years, and it's painful to drive with them and their horrible habits. They don't do the simple thing like coming to a full stop, signalling, looking around before crossing a taxiway entrance, etc. It's really amazing how tough it is for people to break their bad habits. I've gone half way though a training session and told students to take me out (of the airside area) and come back when they're going to be able to take it seriously.

Anyway, I rant. It just makes me want to drive less and less, and driving is something I used to love.
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As a pilot, I have annual currency requirements that have to be met and every 2 years, I have to take a Flight Review with a flight instructor to make sure I remain safe and competent in the air. I really think this should be a requirement of driving too. The flight review process is also a relaxed, friendly educational experience, not a pass/fail thing. It is an opportunity to get some extra education and have bad piloting habits pointed out. Every pilot I know comes out of a flight review as a safer, better educated pilot. I think this approach would really help reduce a lot of senseless bullshit on the highway.
Exactly! It's the act of having to test & get reviewed & feedback that most drivers are missing out on. When I do track days in my car, I have a competent driving instructor in the passenger seat explaining how I could have done better or commenting that I executed a turn, pass, maneuver perfectly. This type of feedback helps tremendously to improve my driving skills both on & off the track, including watching out for the idiots who think they're great drivers. The idiots should all get a Darwin award...or a swift kick in the pants!
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Saturn is the safest car out there....not now though. I obviously wasn't saying it was gonna save me from a semi. For the most part every car is gonna fair the same. And people have the same issue with motorcycles Snowwolf. The more I drive the angrier I get. People are so dumb driving.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:18 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Thats a massive crash, almost thought it was fake cause it looks like the cars wasent slowing down!

This weekend Ive seen 3 crashes, where 1 was a crash where the driver died. Even with the expensive and long driver classes we have here people are crashing and driving like idiots...
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