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2014-01-07 03:18:18 AM  
Almost gave up until the last 10 seconds.... Yikes
 
2014-01-07 03:47:39 AM  

Principal Clarinet: Almost gave up until the last 10 seconds.... Yikes


Yikes indeed
 
2014-01-07 06:23:24 AM  
Da-amn...
 
2014-01-07 07:45:23 AM  
Damn...
The question is will that have any effect of the ones that need to slow down at all or will it just slow down all the older slow drivers even more resulting in more dead people?  Australia loves to pull these kinds of ads but excessively slow driving deaths are now over 10% of all of the accidents.
 
2014-01-07 09:15:28 AM  

DON.MAC: Damn...
The question is will that have any effect of the ones that need to slow down at all or will it just slow down all the older slow drivers even more resulting in more dead people?  Australia loves to pull these kinds of ads but excessively slow driving deaths are now over 10% of all of the accidents.


And what are the ones cause by speeding, no alcohol involed?
 
2014-01-07 09:15:42 AM  
Speed is not the problem.  A collision at 35 MPH can kill you as surely as a wreck at 135.  The real problem is the number of drivers that are incapable of paying attention to what they're doing.  At 60 MPH, you car covers over half a football field during a two second distraction.
 
2014-01-07 09:28:24 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: The real problem is the number of drivers that are incapable of paying attention to what they're doing.


It's getting to be so. I can't tell you how many times I look at the person next to me and they have a device in front of their face. Defensive driving is your ONLY option. As I explained to both of my Sons when they got their licenses, "Drive with the thought in mind that every other person on the road is the biggest idiot on the planet and watch out for him because he's going to hit you."

They are 23 and 25 now and neither one of them has been in an accident...of any kind.
 
2014-01-07 09:36:28 AM  

Jim from Saint Paul: DON.MAC: Damn...
The question is will that have any effect of the ones that need to slow down at all or will it just slow down all the older slow drivers even more resulting in more dead people?  Australia loves to pull these kinds of ads but excessively slow driving deaths are now over 10% of all of the accidents.

And what are the ones cause by speeding, no alcohol involved?


That's a troubling term... let's use the phrase "alcohol impairment"

I don't drink, but it bugs me to no end that stater troopers have checkboxes on accident forms like "alcohol-related" and "speeding" that end up being collected to create misleading statistics. If any people in that car had a drink earlier in the day?... check the box. One of the cars speeding, even if it had no direct contribution to the accident? Check the box.

I like the point of the commercial, other people do make mistakes - but in all honesty, the speeder had time to see the guy hanging at the intersection and prepare for that mistake. It's not solely about slowing down all the time, it's about being aware of your surroundings and other drivers. At the distance they showed, what was going 20kph going to buy him? He would have still hit the car, only a few feet back.
 
2014-01-07 09:36:53 AM  
Speeding or not the guy pulled out in front of him.
 
2014-01-07 09:39:15 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Speed is not the problem.  A collision at 35 MPH can kill you as surely as a wreck at 135.  The real problem is the number of drivers that are incapable of paying attention to what they're doing.  At 60 MPH, you car covers over half a football field during a two second distraction.


And that's the reason a lot of car manufacturers are moving towards anti-collision, auto braking devices that force the drivers to slow down.
It's not enough to have good reflexes. That's a tiny portion of the population. It's the other 80% who aren't paying attention, who are texting, talking, and generally just shouldn't be driving at all who need better tech. Actually, the simple solution would be to take humans completely out of the loop. We're designed to walk along the ground at 5 km/h. Our nervous system aren't adapted to driving 2 tonne vehicles at 110km hoping not to crash into something.
 
2014-01-07 09:45:02 AM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Marcus Aurelius: The real problem is the number of drivers that are incapable of paying attention to what they're doing.

It's getting to be so. I can't tell you how many times I look at the person next to me and they have a device in front of their face. Defensive driving is your ONLY option. As I explained to both of my Sons when they got their licenses, "Drive with the thought in mind that every other person on the road is the biggest idiot on the planet and watch out for him because he's going to hit you."

They are 23 and 25 now and neither one of them has been in an accident...of any kind.


Neither one of my children wanted to drive at all when I got done with them.  I always drive like everyone on the road is actively trying to kill me.  This tends to unnerve my passengers.
 
2014-01-07 09:47:14 AM  

Jim from Saint Paul: And what are the ones cause by speeding


Fairly low. Speed alone is rarely "the" cause of an accident. Even in that ad speeding isn't the cause of the accident, which is the entire point. Speeding can contribute to an accident and is a good way to increase the severity of an accident, but what really causes accidents is usually things like pulling out in front of other people, unsafe lane changes, following too closely, etc.

That said, the single greatest speed-related indication of how likely you are to be in an accident is your relative speed to other people around you, not how fast you or anyone else is going. It's called the "Solomon curve" and it has been reaffirmed time and time again.

All other things being the same, you're more likely to be in or cause a crash not because of how fast you're going, but how fast you're going compared to the people around you. This is especially true of people traveling considerably lower than the prevailing speed and people traveling much higher than the prevailing speed. The basic principal seems to be that most people will drive at a speed they feel comfortable and in control and that if everyone is doing that at roughly the same speed it greatly reduces the number of other cars you come in contact with by passing and, therefore, the number of possibilities you have to collide with a car.

Yes, people who drive slower than everyone else are dangerous and, outside of about a 10 mph deviation, they are considerably MORE dangerous than all but the most extreme speeders. Those people that stubbornly plant in a lane right on the speed limit "because that's the limit" on the highway when everyone else is doing 10-15 over are putting everyone, themselves included, in danger.

Whodat: Speeding or not the guy pulled out in front of him.


thebreakthrough.org
 
2014-01-07 10:00:24 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: I always drive like everyone on the road is actively trying to kill me.


It helps that I've cut dead people out of cars too. Graphic descriptions tend to rattle cages a bit.
 
2014-01-07 10:04:52 AM  
Some people clearly missed the point of the ad. Like, waaaaaaaay off.

It is reminiscent of the old TAC ads in Australia - some of them were farking brutal.
 
2014-01-07 10:14:48 AM  
It's a good ad.

Kind of reminds me of the best seatbelt safety ad ever made.
 
2014-01-07 10:20:23 AM  

Whodat: Speeding or not the guy pulled out in front of him.


So? That's part of driving, you do it every time you get in your car. If you waited at an intersection for there to be no cars at all you would sit there all day. You have to make a judgement call based on variables, like how far away the oncoming car is compared to the speed limit on that road. Every once in a while some asshat is traveling to fast and messes that up.
 
2014-01-07 10:23:19 AM  

ReapTheChaos: Whodat: Speeding or not the guy pulled out in front of him.

So? That's part of driving, you do it every time you get in your car. If you waited at an intersection for there to be no cars at all you would sit there all day. You have to make a judgement call based on variables, like how far away the oncoming car is compared to the speed limit on that road. Every once in a while some asshat is traveling to fast and messes that up.


im paranoid about intersections,  i will wait till no cars around at the dismay of the people behind me.. I feel bad when that happens so I normally will use back roads until I get around to a Light..  yeah I can see the cars and judge distance and speed  but something can always happen..
 
2014-01-07 10:24:17 AM  
I thought for sure Orcs would show up. I'm disappointed. I expected more out of you, New Zealand.
 
2014-01-07 10:40:35 AM  
People making left turns kill many motorcyclists.
 
2014-01-07 10:46:58 AM  

ReapTheChaos: Whodat: Speeding or not the guy pulled out in front of him.

So? That's part of driving, you do it every time you get in your car. If you waited at an intersection for there to be no cars at all you would sit there all day. You have to make a judgement call based on variables, like how far away the oncoming car is compared to the speed limit on that road. Every once in a while some asshat is traveling to fast and messes that up.


Uh, I dunno about you, but I generally approximate the velocity of the other cars, instead of relying on the posted limit.
 
2014-01-07 10:48:25 AM  
Point of the ad: Don't speed because you never know when some arsehole will pull out in front of you.
 
2014-01-07 10:58:32 AM  
 
2014-01-07 11:06:56 AM  

ReapTheChaos: Whodat: Speeding or not the guy pulled out in front of him.

So? That's part of driving, you do it every time you get in your car. If you waited at an intersection for there to be no cars at all you would sit there all day. You have to make a judgement call based on variables, like how far away the oncoming car is compared to the speed limit on that road. Every once in a while some asshat is traveling to fast and messes that up.


So you pull out without judging the speed of on coming traffic?? I bet you think you are an excellent driver and can't wait for Wapner.
 
2014-01-07 11:13:16 AM  

Whodat: ReapTheChaos: Whodat: Speeding or not the guy pulled out in front of him.

So? That's part of driving, you do it every time you get in your car. If you waited at an intersection for there to be no cars at all you would sit there all day. You have to make a judgement call based on variables, like how far away the oncoming car is compared to the speed limit on that road. Every once in a while some asshat is traveling to fast and messes that up.

So you pull out without judging the speed of on coming traffic?? I bet you think you are an excellent driver and can't wait for Wapner.


Insurance companies (in the US anyway) would put that on the speeder. He hit the other guy, period. Doesn;t matter if the other dude misjudged. Some states have %s of fault and all and you can fine detail it from there in an argument of course. At the end of the day, you are responsible for not htting someone else, no matter how dumb they are.
 
2014-01-07 11:17:02 AM  
and you are responsible for not pulling out in front of someone.
 
2014-01-07 11:22:02 AM  
BTW, New Zealand is "no fault accident insurance". But as evident in the video the guy pulled out infront of him and "thought there was time".
 
2014-01-07 11:24:28 AM  
Ah, this happened to me yesterday.  I pulled out of a vet's office onto a blind intersection mid-way up a reasonably steep hill.  I got properly honked.

It took .5 seconds for the other driver to react, 1 second to slow down to the speed limit, and 10 seconds to have an orgy with the steering wheel.
 
2014-01-07 11:26:41 AM  

Whodat: and you are responsible for not pulling out in front of someone.


Not as responsible as the guy hitting you because you're an idiot.
 
2014-01-07 11:39:33 AM  
as somebody who was t-boned at an intersection two years ago by a woman running a red light going 60 mph, i'm getting a kick, etc.

/walked away with a small bruise on my ribcage
//BMW FTW
 
2014-01-07 11:41:27 AM  
I think Laos' traffic safety campaign has that beat... Out in the country you'll occasionally see billboards at intersections with incredibly graphic, full-color not-safe-for-work-or-lunch accident scene photos. The one with a woman's head pulped under a truck wheel definitely stuck with me. I can't read Laotian, but I'm sure the text that went with them was fairly straightforward.
 
2014-01-07 12:12:17 PM  
Accurate headline subby. Scary well done stuff.
 
2014-01-07 12:14:28 PM  

skozlaw: Jim from Saint Paul: And what are the ones cause by speeding

Fairly low. Speed alone is rarely "the" cause of an accident. Even in that ad speeding isn't the cause of the accident, which is the entire point. Speeding can contribute to an accident and is a good way to increase the severity of an accident, but what really causes accidents is usually things like pulling out in front of other people, unsafe lane changes, following too closely, etc.

That said, the single greatest speed-related indication of how likely you are to be in an accident is your relative speed to other people around you, not how fast you or anyone else is going. It's called the "Solomon curve" and it has been reaffirmed time and time again.

All other things being the same, you're more likely to be in or cause a crash not because of how fast you're going, but how fast you're going compared to the people around you. This is especially true of people traveling considerably lower than the prevailing speed and people traveling much higher than the prevailing speed. The basic principal seems to be that most people will drive at a speed they feel comfortable and in control and that if everyone is doing that at roughly the same speed it greatly reduces the number of other cars you come in contact with by passing and, therefore, the number of possibilities you have to collide with a car.

Yes, people who drive slower than everyone else are dangerous and, outside of about a 10 mph deviation, they are considerably MORE dangerous than all but the most extreme speeders. Those people that stubbornly plant in a lane right on the speed limit "because that's the limit" on the highway when everyone else is doing 10-15 over are putting everyone, themselves included, in danger.

Whodat: Speeding or not the guy pulled out in front of him.

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While I get your point, this statement is dumb. These people are doing exactly what is expected of them, by law. If everyone else did that, then your relative speed issue would be resolved. Let's not blame them because other people chose to break the law.

Slow drivers on the other hand, are a danger.


/Speed when it is safe and applicable.
 
2014-01-07 12:24:57 PM  

Whodat: Speeding or not the guy pulled out in front of him.


In many states, you lose the right of way when speeding.
 
2014-01-07 12:47:25 PM  
Nice way of looking at a situation like that.  I personally probably wouldn't have acknowledged the existence of a camera in those last 6-8 frames.

/commercial director
//opinions...everybody has one
 
2014-01-07 12:58:46 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Marcus Aurelius: I always drive like everyone on the road is actively trying to kill me.

It helps that I've cut dead people out of cars too. Graphic descriptions tend to rattle cages a bit.


/You and me both brother, in my profession, i have seen too many killed by drunk drivers, or asshole kids with their first car, speeding and blaring music, and paying more attention to each other than the road.  Someone has to pull the meat out of the cars, and someone has to get the joy of waking up families in the middle of the night to tell them that their kids are dead because they were stupid, or they were dead because someone else was. Good times. Thanks for the nightmares.
 
2014-01-07 01:04:20 PM  

skozlaw: Jim from Saint Paul: And what are the ones cause by speeding

Fairly low. Speed alone is rarely "the" cause of an accident. Even in that ad speeding isn't the cause of the accident, which is the entire point. Speeding can contribute to an accident and is a good way to increase the severity of an accident, but what really causes accidents is usually things like pulling out in front of other people, unsafe lane changes, following too closely, etc.

That said, the single greatest speed-related indication of how likely you are to be in an accident is your relative speed to other people around you, not how fast you or anyone else is going. It's called the "Solomon curve" and it has been reaffirmed time and time again.

All other things being the same, you're more likely to be in or cause a crash not because of how fast you're going, but how fast you're going compared to the people around you. This is especially true of people traveling considerably lower than the prevailing speed and people traveling much higher than the prevailing speed. The basic principal seems to be that most people will drive at a speed they feel comfortable and in control and that if everyone is doing that at roughly the same speed it greatly reduces the number of other cars you come in contact with by passing and, therefore, the number of possibilities you have to collide with a car.

Yes, people who drive slower than everyone else are dangerous and, outside of about a 10 mph deviation, they are considerably MORE dangerous than all but the most extreme speeders. Those people that stubbornly plant in a lane right on the speed limit "because that's the limit" on the highway when everyone else is doing 10-15 over are putting everyone, themselves included, in danger.

Whodat: Speeding or not the guy pulled out in front of him.


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2014-01-07 01:38:51 PM  
cool idea, but no one will adjust their habits because they saw that video.  speeders and safe divers are equally indignant on the topic.
 
2014-01-07 01:50:23 PM  

The Flexecutioner: cool idea, but no one will adjust their habits because they saw that video.  speeders and safe divers are equally indignant on the topic.


These two are not mutually exclusive.
 
2014-01-07 02:06:19 PM  

INeedAName: If everyone else did that...


But they won't so it doesn't matter. Arbitrary laws go unheeded, this isn't a unique problem for traffic laws. The fact is that most of us are driving around in cars that have advanced incredibly in terms of control and safety since the late 80s, the last time a huge number of highway speed limits were changed.

People are going to speed as long as the speed limit is considerably lower than what they feel comfortable driving at. We should be investigating stretches of roadway with routine speeding to determine if the speed limit is appropriate and then changing it if necessary before we worry about punishing people for exceeding it because you have to set limits and laws so that they have meaning and purpose, not just because you pulled a number out of a hat.

Simple fact is, a lot of places could reduce crashes and injuries by raising limits and enforcing minimums.
 
2014-01-07 02:29:40 PM  

skozlaw: INeedAName: If everyone else did that...

But they won't so it doesn't matter. Arbitrary laws go unheeded, this isn't a unique problem for traffic laws. The fact is that most of us are driving around in cars that have advanced incredibly in terms of control and safety since the late 80s, the last time a huge number of highway speed limits were changed.

People are going to speed as long as the speed limit is considerably lower than what they feel comfortable driving at. We should be investigating stretches of roadway with routine speeding to determine if the speed limit is appropriate and then changing it if necessary before we worry about punishing people for exceeding it because you have to set limits and laws so that they have meaning and purpose, not just because you pulled a number out of a hat.

Simple fact is, a lot of places could reduce crashes and injuries by raising limits and enforcing minimums.


I don't disagree that speed limits are far too low in most places. Around DC, I can drive 70 in a 55 and have someone blow past me. It does not however, mean that some who chooses to obey the speed limit is the driver at fault.
 
2014-01-07 03:17:17 PM  
I remember watching one of those Russian car webcam compilations. Just about every major FU occurred because one of the cars was driving way too fast for the conditions (snow, close/heavy traffic, intersections ahead, vodka, etc).

Guys, just slow the fark down. You'll be fine being a weekend Nascar driver on the freeway, but chill out when the conditions become a bit more unpredictable.

You, and other drivers, are really not as good at coping with the unexpected as you think you are.
 
2014-01-07 04:57:50 PM  
INeedAName:

While I get your point, this statement is dumb. These people are doing exactly what is expected of them, by law. If everyone else ...

Uhm.

NO

That's the freaking problem with most of us in America.   We think the left lane is for us to block with our car.

It's a *passing* lane, not a *driving* lane.   The far left lane is the passing lane, the other middles and right aren't, but in a two lane road it is your responsibility to get the fark around the other car not drive side by side at the speed limit for 50 miles.
 
2014-01-07 05:18:30 PM  

tboucher: INeedAName:

While I get your point, this statement is dumb. These people are doing exactly what is expected of them, by law. If everyone else ...

Uhm.

NO

That's the freaking problem with most of us in America.   We think the left lane is for us to block with our car.

It's a *passing* lane, not a *driving* lane.   The far left lane is the passing lane, the other middles and right aren't, but in a two lane road it is your responsibility to get the fark around the other car not drive side by side at the speed limit for 50 miles.


What if they're both going the speed limit?
 
2014-01-07 05:48:38 PM  

BumpInTheNight: tboucher: INeedAName:

While I get your point, this statement is dumb. These people are doing exactly what is expected of them, by law. If everyone else ...

Uhm.

NO

That's the freaking problem with most of us in America.   We think the left lane is for us to block with our car.

It's a *passing* lane, not a *driving* lane.   The far left lane is the passing lane, the other middles and right aren't, but in a two lane road it is your responsibility to get the fark around the other car not drive side by side at the speed limit for 50 miles.

What if they're both going the speed limit?


Then the person in the left lane is impeding traffic. Many states have laws that specifically prohibit driving in the left lane without actually passing, unless you are an "authorized vehicle" (i.e, police, ambulance, tow truck, etc). Michigan certainly does.

If you get into the passing lane, pass. Not 1mph faster, either. Do it in a timely fashion, and if somebody approached behind you, and you have space to get over on the right, DO SO. Your job as a driver is not to become "Charles Bronson" of the roadways. Allow faster drivers to pass safely; everything ends better that way.

Every cop I've known or spoke to has an general rule of thumb, and up to 10mph over the speed limit is probably not going to get you pulled over, unless they think there is another issue (such as DUI or excessive lane changes). They expect you to pass in the passing lane, not impede traffic. I've even seen them come up behind a passing lane blocker and flash their lights, when the guy gets over, they go by at speed.

It's also not "the cell phone lane" as so many drivers seem to think.

Worse are the idiots who get pissed when you pass them on the right.. if somebody can (and does) pass you on the right, you are in the WRONG LANE. Don't get angry, just get over.
 
2014-01-07 07:00:53 PM  

LesserEvil: Then the person in the left lane is impeding traffic. Many states have laws that specifically prohibit driving in the left lane without actually passing, unless you are an "authorized vehicle" (i.e, police, ambulance, tow truck, etc). Michigan certainly does.

If you get into the passing lane, pass. Not 1mph faster, either. Do it in a timely fashion, and if somebody approached behind you, and you have space to get over on the right, DO SO. Your job as a driver is not to become "Charles Bronson" of the roadways. Allow faster drivers to pass safely; everything ends better that way.

Every cop I've known or spoke to has an general rule of thumb, and up to 10mph over the speed limit is probably not going to get you pulled over, unless they think there is another issue (such as DUI or excessive lane changes). They expect you to pass in the passing lane, not impede traffic. I've even seen them come up behind a passing lane blocker and flash their lights, when the guy gets over, they go by at speed.

It's also not "the cell phone lane" as so many drivers seem to think.

Worse are the idiots who get pissed when you pass them on the right.. if somebody can (and does) pass you on the right, you are in the WRONG LANE. Don't get angry, just get ove


You still haven't adequately explained why its such a problem, emergency vehicles are capable of alerting the blocking person that they need to exceed the safe limits of the road and don't count.
 
2014-01-07 07:03:22 PM  

Whodat: But as evident in the video the guy pulled out infront of him and "thought there was time".


To the people who thought the guy who pulled out was in the wrong: Was it really that much of a mistake to assume the other guy wasn't going 110 farking miles per hour?

Also, to state the obvious from the other side: Speed in itself doesn't cause an accident. But the faster you go the larger a "safety bubble" you need around you in order to be able to react in time. If you're going over 80 you need light traffic, excellent visibility, and no distractions. How many of you noticed that shallow hill? So much for visibility.

/wish this ad was for drunk driving. People usually only think of the consequences to themselves.
 
2014-01-07 07:17:13 PM  

BumpInTheNight: LesserEvil: Then the person in the left lane is impeding traffic. Many states have laws that specifically prohibit driving in the left lane without actually passing, unless you are an "authorized vehicle" (i.e, police, ambulance, tow truck, etc). Michigan certainly does.

If you get into the passing lane, pass. Not 1mph faster, either. Do it in a timely fashion, and if somebody approached behind you, and you have space to get over on the right, DO SO. Your job as a driver is not to become "Charles Bronson" of the roadways. Allow faster drivers to pass safely; everything ends better that way.

Every cop I've known or spoke to has an general rule of thumb, and up to 10mph over the speed limit is probably not going to get you pulled over, unless they think there is another issue (such as DUI or excessive lane changes). They expect you to pass in the passing lane, not impede traffic. I've even seen them come up behind a passing lane blocker and flash their lights, when the guy gets over, they go by at speed.

It's also not "the cell phone lane" as so many drivers seem to think.

Worse are the idiots who get pissed when you pass them on the right.. if somebody can (and does) pass you on the right, you are in the WRONG LANE. Don't get angry, just get ove

You still haven't adequately explained why its such a problem, emergency vehicles are capable of alerting the blocking person that they need to exceed the safe limits of the road and don't count.


Well, you (as the passing lane driver riding parallel to another driver "at the speed limit") present a danger in that the driver in the driving lane has you (possibly) sitting in his blind spot, or at the very least, preventing him from changing lanes if there is an obstacle ahead, such as a deer or some loose car part, to evade safely into the left lane.

Is that simple enough for you?

In the situation where people are passing, the lane should be cleared in some time frame, in your case, he's stuck in that lane, or swerving off the road onto the shoulder (and possible a far worse situation).

Likewise, if there is anybody behind you, get out of their way. Stop being an asshole. Not only an asshole, but as I said, in many states, an ILLEGAL ASSHOLE. At least speeders aren't hogging lanes illegally, impeding your progress.
 
2014-01-07 07:20:54 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Marcus Aurelius: The real problem is the number of drivers that are incapable of paying attention to what they're doing.

They are 23 and 25 now and neither one of them has been in an accident...of any kind.


Wow. Why in the hell would you say that?!!
 
2014-01-07 07:26:17 PM  

Zombalupagus: Whodat: But as evident in the video the guy pulled out infront of him and "thought there was time".

To the people who thought the guy who pulled out was in the wrong: Was it really that much of a mistake to assume the other guy wasn't going 110 farking kilometers per hour?

Also, to state the obvious from the other side: Speed in itself doesn't cause an accident. But the faster you go the larger a "safety bubble" you need around you in order to be able to react in time. If you're going over 80 you need light traffic, excellent visibility, and no distractions. How many of you noticed that shallow hill? So much for visibility.

/wish this ad was for drunk driving. People usually only think of the consequences to themselves.


FTFY. It's a little less than 70mph, which is excessive on a backroad, but it's not 110mph excessive.

Motorcycles are classic idiots for speeding down rural roads. Back when I worked at an insurance auto auction, we had a '78 plymouth Grand Fury come in, frame cut in half, blood all over the back part of the car, as well as something resembling a motorcycle. A little old lady was driving around near Ann Arbor, got lost, and decided to turn around in the saddle of a hilly area. Halfway through her u-turn, the car shook and shimmied... then stalled out. She looked in her back seat to see the motorcycle and rider. She looked down the road to see the helmet - head still in it - rolling down the road. Her car stalled because the bike had gone through the gas line (and pinched it off, luckily). She was fine. Police figured he was doing between 150~180mph when he hit her.

That wasn't really speeding as much as "too freaking fast for conditions". Doing 80mph on the freeway, on a good day, should be fine. An idiot driving wreckless can mess up your day pretty bad, whether you and him are both driving less than the speed limit. In my experience with the auction, I had seen cars where people died at speeds of less than 35mph.
 
2014-01-07 07:30:58 PM  

LesserEvil: Well, you (as the passing lane driver riding parallel to another driver "at the speed limit") present a danger in that the driver in the driving lane has you (possibly) sitting in his blind spot, or at the very least, preventing him from changing lanes if there is an obstacle ahead, such as a deer or some loose car part, to evade safely into the left lane.

Is that simple enough for you?

In the situation where people are passing, the lane should be cleared in some time frame, in your case, he's stuck in that lane, or swerving off the road onto the shoulder (and possible a far worse situation).

Likewise, if there is anybody behind you, get out of their way. Stop being an asshole. Not only an asshole, but as I said, in many states, an ILLEGAL ASSHOLE. At least speeders aren't hogging lanes illegally, impeding your progress.


Isn't that what the brake pedal is for?
 
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