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(Guardian)   French driver trapped for an hour in a car speeding at 125mph with no brakes (or as it's known on the east coast, I-75)   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 104
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2013-02-14 09:05:11 AM  
Not I-75 through Cincinnati.  Gridlock 24/7.
 
2013-02-14 09:05:43 AM  
Alternate headline: "French moron has never heard of neutral, nearly kills a few thousand people"
 
2013-02-14 09:06:27 AM  
If you didn't read TFA - the key point is the car is modified for people with disabilities.
 
2013-02-14 09:06:30 AM  
Wait - you're telling me a FRENCH DRIVER travelled for a full hour without crashing into several things?
IMPOSSIBLE!
 
2013-02-14 09:06:37 AM  
I-75?  Try GA 400.
 
2013-02-14 09:06:43 AM  

Ed_Severson: Alternate headline: "French moron has never heard of neutral, nearly kills a few thousand people"


FTA: "A Renault technician had been on the phone with police throughout the chase trying to help but couldn't come up with a solution."
 
2013-02-14 09:06:57 AM  
I think subby means I-95 here. I-75 isn't exactly on the coast, going through mostly the Smoky Mountains, Kentucky, and Ohio up to Detroit. It might be close to "the coast" in Florida -- it's west coast.
 
2013-02-14 09:07:23 AM  
Take your foot of the gas pedal and use the parking brake once you've slowed down enough?
 
2013-02-14 09:07:54 AM  
Yeah, what the hell 75 are you talking about?

Have fun trying to get going that fast anywhere between Kennesaw and the Georgia/Florida border...

I'm pretty sure they have continual construction in South Georgia just to piss off people headed to the beach
 
2013-02-14 09:09:08 AM  
Also, about 10 years ago a guy came into work with his Mom's car.  He was holding the ignition key in his hand and the car was still running.  I stopped it from running by yanking the fuse for the fuel injector computer.
 
2013-02-14 09:09:25 AM  
Shut off engine with key? neutral?

I do not know what modifications his car had, but those things come immediatly to mind.

Oh, and he was able to keep the car on the road at 125 mph the entire time, but when the gas tank is empty and the car slows down he throws the car into a ditch instead of letting it come to a stop?
 
2013-02-14 09:09:32 AM  
One would think "Neutral with a pulse of the e-brake would slow/stop him", however I had my floormat cause my accelerator to get stuck momentarily, and you honestly don't think of things like that.  I mashed the brake quite a few times, the car finally started to slow at 70mph, but it was probably the scariest ten minutes of my life.  One of my friends asked "Why didn't you turn the car off or put it in neutral?"  The thought never even crossed my mind..
 
2013-02-14 09:09:34 AM  
See, I can buy that whole "the pedal jammed and the throttle is stuck wide open" argument. I'm sure at 125 mph the brakes faded to nothing in no time at all... I can even accept that for some reason he couldn't get it into neutral...

Why couldn't he turn the car off? o.O
 
2013-02-14 09:09:49 AM  

TheGreatGazoo: Ed_Severson: Alternate headline: "French moron has never heard of neutral, nearly kills a few thousand people"

FTA: "A Renault technician had been on the phone with police throughout the chase trying to help but couldn't come up with a solution."


Okay...  two french morons have never heard of neutral.
 
2013-02-14 09:10:20 AM  
"My life flashed before me," he told Le Courrier picard. "I just wanted it to stop." He was unhurt but had two epileptic seizures.

I don't know about French driving regulations, but perhaps someone who can have two seizures
when stressed should not be driving in the first place?
 
2013-02-14 09:10:52 AM  
Europe, so probably a stick shift?

Engage clutch.
Take the transmission out of gear,
Release clutch.
Turn off ignition to kill engine.
Turn ignition back to 'run' to allow steering.
Coast to a stop.
 
2013-02-14 09:11:33 AM  
It's been a while since I've been on it, but last I remember, A16 is a toll road with loads of speed cameras.  I bet they are still going to bill him for all those tolls and speeding.
 
2013-02-14 09:12:16 AM  
This sounds like Charleston, SC.
 
2013-02-14 09:12:19 AM  
WHAT A RIDE. Pay big bucks at Disneyland.
 
2013-02-14 09:12:40 AM  

bulldg4life: Yeah, what the hell 75 are you talking about?

Have fun trying to get going that fast anywhere between Kennesaw and the Georgia/Florida border...

I'm pretty sure they have continual construction in South Georgia just to piss off people headed to the beach


Construction and deadlock is how I identify I-75 from most other two lane highways.

If its got orange barrels and never opens another lane, its gotta be 75.
 
2013-02-14 09:12:42 AM  
well, it sure as hell ain't I95 anywhere between Boston and Richmond.
 
2013-02-14 09:14:15 AM  
He should have listened to Beck's "Loser".  "Kill the headlights and put it neutral."
 
2013-02-14 09:14:33 AM  
well, he was French

/Transmissions, how do they work?
 
2013-02-14 09:14:35 AM  

MrSeabass: I-75?  Try GA 400.


Hahahaha... maybe between 9 PM and 4 AM, or up where all the hillbillies live.  I seldom get above 5-10 mph during daylight hours on that godforsaken strip of asphalt.
 
2013-02-14 09:15:42 AM  
You mean I-65 in Alabama? Because people seem to like to move there.
 
2013-02-14 09:15:47 AM  
The 36 year old was on a dual carriageway on his way to a hypermarket

There's your problem right there.
 
2013-02-14 09:17:53 AM  
Why didn't he reach out the window and pop his tires with a pocket knife?

That's what I would have done anyway.
 
2013-02-14 09:18:25 AM  

SlothB77: well, it sure as hell ain't I95 anywhere between Boston and Richmond.


knock 100mph off of it maybe.  sorry thats not realistic either, more like 120.
 
2013-02-14 09:19:03 AM  

dr.zaeus: MrSeabass: I-75?  Try GA 400.

Hahahaha... maybe between 9 PM and 4 AM, or up where all the hillbillies live.  I seldom get above 5-10 mph during daylight hours on that godforsaken strip of asphalt.


GA-400 is the bane of my existence.  If only they'd extend that damn Marta Line further north T_T
 
2013-02-14 09:19:24 AM  
At least he ran out of fuel before he reached farking Bruges.
 
2013-02-14 09:20:00 AM  

Kiwimann: dr.zaeus: MrSeabass: I-75?  Try GA 400.

Hahahaha... maybe between 9 PM and 4 AM, or up where all the hillbillies live.  I seldom get above 5-10 mph during daylight hours on that godforsaken strip of asphalt.

GA-400 is the bane of my existence.  If only they'd extend that damn Marta Line further north T_T


From your mouth to god's ears, my friend.
 
2013-02-14 09:22:04 AM  
I'd say more like I 81 anywhere in Virginia
 
2013-02-14 09:22:10 AM  
Subby must mean I-75 between I-10 and Wildwood, FL. Idiots flying 100+ mph through there, and sometimes they're not even awake.
 
2013-02-14 09:22:18 AM  

DerAppie: Take your foot of the gas pedal and use the parking brake once you've slowed down enough?


Someone might've said this, but the gas was probably a lever (for disabled drivers) and stuck.  Pressing the normal brake only increased his speed, and the parking brake is just a steel cable.  You'd probably snap it before actually slowing or stopping.
 
2013-02-14 09:23:20 AM  
It seems the interstates in GA and AL are in a constant state of construction.  If you go 125 on any of them, expect to get pulled over, searched, and possibly arrested.  The small towns with no other source for police revenue besides traffic violations/drug trafficking on the interstates are happy to have you come back for your court date or just let you pay the money over the phone after you get your car out of the impound.  The county I live in brings in about $3 million in seized drug funds and auctioned property annually from patrolling I-95 and I-16.
 
2013-02-14 09:23:32 AM  
Anyone find it amusing that AFTER driving 125 for an hour with no incidents, he then crashes AFTER he runs out of gas?

I have actually modified my gear shift (on accident) to slide right into reverse without pushing the button. Nice fail safe now :)

/so much fail in this story
 
2013-02-14 09:23:57 AM  

Bin_jammin: See, I can buy that whole "the pedal jammed and the throttle is stuck wide open" argument. I'm sure at 125 mph the brakes faded to nothing in no time at all... I can even accept that for some reason he couldn't get it into neutral...

Why couldn't he turn the car off? o.O


If you pull the key (if there was a key.  From what I understand, many of those cars have keyless ignition) or try to turn it off, you'd lock up the steering.  So you'd be going insanely fast with no way to steer.
 
2013-02-14 09:26:51 AM  
on a dual carriageway on his way to a hypermarket

Perhaps we aren't speaking the same language.
 
2013-02-14 09:28:05 AM  
I would second on people saying subby meant I-95. 95 is by the far the worst road ever.
 
2013-02-14 09:28:42 AM  
Why didn't he just open the door, and use his prosthetic like roller blade brakes to slow down?
 
2013-02-14 09:30:27 AM  
I thought the term "hypermart" was cool until I realized that it applied to Walmarts that sell groceries.

It lost all of its luster then.

/am disapoint
 
2013-02-14 09:31:51 AM  

dr.zaeus: Kiwimann: dr.zaeus: MrSeabass: I-75?  Try GA 400.

Hahahaha... maybe between 9 PM and 4 AM, or up where all the hillbillies live.  I seldom get above 5-10 mph during daylight hours on that godforsaken strip of asphalt.

GA-400 is the bane of my existence.  If only they'd extend that damn Marta Line further north T_T

From your mouth to god's ears, my friend.


Why does God need a spaceship MARTA line?
 
2013-02-14 09:33:07 AM  

TheGreatGazoo: Ed_Severson: Alternate headline: "French moron has never heard of neutral, nearly kills a few thousand people"

FTA: "A Renault technician had been on the phone with police throughout the chase trying to help but couldn't come up with a solution."


They're still amazed a French car got that fast without being pushed out of an airplane.
 
2013-02-14 09:34:35 AM  

kdawg7736: I would second on people saying subby meant I-95. 95 is by the far the worst road ever.


From my brief experience on this here earth, I 95 is not that bad but it is completely clogged with little to no support from other highways in high population areas.  You mine as well bring cyanide with you when traveling the george washington and its a haven for idiotic merging accidents, but the worst road I've driven on is I-81 north of I-80.  That road is hell incarnate.
 
2013-02-14 09:35:03 AM  

usttsdw: I have actually modified my gear shift (on accident) to slide right into reverse without pushing the button. Nice fail safe now :)


Reading comprehension.How does it work.

Monday Quarterbacks are always funny Because if they where there nothing would be different..
 
2013-02-14 09:37:22 AM  

Darke: Bin_jammin: See, I can buy that whole "the pedal jammed and the throttle is stuck wide open" argument. I'm sure at 125 mph the brakes faded to nothing in no time at all... I can even accept that for some reason he couldn't get it into neutral...

Why couldn't he turn the car off? o.O

If you pull the key (if there was a key.  From what I understand, many of those cars have keyless ignition) or try to turn it off, you'd lock up the steering.  So you'd be going insanely fast with no way to steer.



There's different types of "keyless" cars. Some cars have an RFID keyfob that you can just keep in your pocket, and hit the start/stop button, and there's some that need to be socketed into the dash in a receptacle like a traditional key. There are two different modes to these typically; accessory powered on, and car running. You should at the very least be able to shut the engine off by hitting the start/stop button without shutting the entire car down and locking the steering column. I'm pretty sure even smart cars aren't that dumb.
 
2013-02-14 09:40:49 AM  

thecpt: kdawg7736: I would second on people saying subby meant I-95. 95 is by the far the worst road ever.

From my brief experience on this here earth, I 95 is not that bad but it is completely clogged with little to no support from other highways in high population areas.  You mine as well bring cyanide with you when traveling the george washington and its a haven for idiotic merging accidents, but the worst road I've driven on is I-81 north of I-80.  That road is hell incarnate.


I remember it being worse around DC where I get off when coming home from Disney World/Myrtle Beach. Impassable at best.
 
2013-02-14 09:41:50 AM  
200 km/h?  So for the portion when he was in Belgium, he was keeping up with the rest of traffic?
 
2013-02-14 09:42:14 AM  

sloshed_again: usttsdw: I have actually modified my gear shift (on accident) to slide right into reverse without pushing the button. Nice fail safe now :)

Reading comprehension.How does it work.

Monday Quarterbacks are always funny Because if they where there nothing would be different..

Don't believe anything in my comment was Monday morning quarterbacking. Was just a general statement that I farked up my shifter. Take it easy, nothing to see here.

 
2013-02-14 09:43:26 AM  
From a better article it was stated that he has some complicated doohickey that uses levers to control the car.  Without knowing how that works, you'd be a fool to start commenting on how the problem should be solved.

But that's never stopped you before, has it?
 
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