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(PennLive)   Good idea: If arguing with your partner just keep driving. Bad idea: Pulling the car's emergency brake at 60 mph while arguing   ( pennlive.com) divider line
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2018-02-13 08:55:46 AM  
22 votes:

ZAZ: Thanks for the stock photo of what a handbrake looks like, for the young people who have never seen a car with anything but a button that doesn't do anything obvious and nobody presses anyway.

arrested the next day on charges of ... risking a catastrophe

The law prohibits "catastrophe by explosion, fire, flood, avalanche, collapse of building, release of poison gas, radioactive material or other harmful or destructive force or substance, or by any other means of causing potentially widespread injury or damage." I guess to that list we can add, "causing a car crash if police don't like you."


Intentionally causing a car crash that could have affected multiple vehicles then fleeing the scene.  Yeah, it's totally because the police don't like him.
2018-02-13 09:20:16 AM  
17 votes:

This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?


See, the benefit of this article is that we already know the answer...
2018-02-13 09:36:11 AM  
8 votes:

This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?


"Which doesn't say much for me, but it also doesn't say much for the 'Emergency Brake'! I think they should call it the 'make the car smell funny lever'!

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2018-02-13 09:12:16 AM  
7 votes:
Best idea:  Pull over and resolve the argument on the side of the road.  Distracted, angry driving is poor driving.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2018-02-13 08:49:52 AM  
7 votes:
Thanks for the stock photo of what a handbrake looks like, for the young people who have never seen a car with anything but a button that doesn't do anything obvious and nobody presses anyway.

arrested the next day on charges of ... risking a catastrophe

The law prohibits "catastrophe by explosion, fire, flood, avalanche, collapse of building, release of poison gas, radioactive material or other harmful or destructive force or substance, or by any other means of causing potentially widespread injury or damage." I guess to that list we can add, "causing a car crash if police don't like you."
2018-02-13 10:05:06 AM  
4 votes:

fuzzybacchus: Louisiana_Sitar_Club: This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?

Yeah, which is weird because you'd expect that be more of a gas pedal thing.

Probably front wheel drive, so hand brake locks rear wheels (no engine to keep them spinning), driver panics and starts braking but the loose back end swings around due to decreased traction.

With a rear drive car this wouldn't happen as the engine would prevent the brakes from locking .


It'll happen with rear drive, cars have more whoa than go.

ABS was originally introduced as R(rear)ABS to keep vehicles from going ass first in a panic stop.  If you've ever locked up the back end of a pickup truck, it's a puckering experience.
2018-02-13 09:39:51 AM  
4 votes:
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Problem solved.

/old school is the best school.
2018-02-13 09:25:43 AM  
4 votes:

This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?


You ever see those really cool stunt driving things where cars make impossibly tight turns?  That's sometimes caused by using the emergency break at high speeds.  I knew a lady who would do that rather regularly, steer with the emergency break.

Which is all well and good if you're doing it yourself or if you anticipate it's happening or if you have experience doing that, when your passenger just springs it on you and you're only 18 and don't have much driving experience, well...you gonna roll.
2018-02-13 09:51:13 AM  
3 votes:
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2018-02-13 09:45:21 AM  
3 votes:
You mean the parking brake?
2018-02-13 09:41:40 AM  
3 votes:

NotThatGuyAgain: This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?

Not if you're going in a straight line.  One of my brothers used to do it to me all the time, although usually only on wet roads so it didn't chew up the tires.

It sure won't, by itself, cause a car to flip.  There needs to be something else involved, like, say, sliding off the road and over a bank.


Or the car going sidways  once the loose back end starts to rotate and driver panics /jacknifes the wheel.
2018-02-13 02:04:20 PM  
2 votes:
The rule is--no matter how mad you are, you never fark with the person driving the car, or the car, while fighting.

Not doing so is grounds for breaking up and restraining orders.
2018-02-13 12:06:10 PM  
2 votes:

This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?


Holy crap, finally something I can speak to from experience...

Ex-wife did this to me once.  The "pre-argument before the main argument that led to the divorce", if you follow.  Doing about 75 down the highway in my 95 Accord, she got all pissed off and yanked up on the e-brake as hard as she could.

Thankfully, there was no one around us at the time, as the car went into a long, swooping skid.  I just turned into the skid (like driving on ice) let the car slow a bit, then popped the e-brake back off and continued to drive.  Noticed a little bit of smoke in the rearview, but nothing bad.

Later, I noticed the left rear tire had a small flat spot, so it must have been the only tire to really lock up.
2018-02-13 11:23:43 AM  
2 votes:

ZAZ: Thanks for the stock photo of what a handbrake looks like, for the young people who have never seen a car with anything but a button that doesn't do anything obvious and nobody presses anyway.

arrested the next day on charges of ... risking a catastrophe

The law prohibits "catastrophe by explosion, fire, flood, avalanche, collapse of building, release of poison gas, radioactive material or other harmful or destructive force or substance, or by any other means of causing potentially widespread injury or damage." I guess to that list we can add, "causing a car crash if police don't like you."


About a month ago near my house, one car hit a patch of ice, skidded, and started a chain reaction that wrecked 18 cars and 2 semis, killing two people. Someone intentionally causing a wreck is a danger to the public.
2018-02-13 10:06:31 AM  
2 votes:

BeesNuts: Ambivalence: This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?

You ever see those really cool stunt driving things where cars make impossibly tight turns?  That's sometimes caused by using the emergency break at high speeds.  I knew a lady who would do that rather regularly, steer with the emergency break.

Which is all well and good if you're doing it yourself or if you anticipate it's happening or if you have experience doing that, when your passenger just springs it on you and you're only 18 and don't have much driving experience, well...you gonna roll.

Depends on the car.  I am like... 98.5% certain that it is IMPOSSIBLE to flip a 1995 3-door honda civic si.


Until you slide it into the bank (berm, curb, shoulder, whatever your locale calls it).  The sudden stop is the biatch.
2018-02-13 06:29:46 PM  
1 vote:
You can safely pull a parking brake lever at freeway speeds, but you can't start jerking the wheel around while you are skidding and spinning around.  The brake itself won't flip you, but the spazzing will.
2018-02-13 01:16:01 PM  
1 vote:

fuzzybacchus: NotThatGuyAgain: This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?

Not if you're going in a straight line.  One of my brothers used to do it to me all the time, although usually only on wet roads so it didn't chew up the tires.

It sure won't, by itself, cause a car to flip.  There needs to be something else involved, like, say, sliding off the road and over a bank.

Or the car going sidways  once the loose back end starts to rotate and driver panics /jacknifes the wheel.


I would not expect every 18 year old girl to drive like Christy Louis.  although, if Christy was driving with that asshat sitting right - it could have been fun to watch. :)
2018-02-13 12:49:56 PM  
1 vote:

This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?


It clearly did
2018-02-13 11:47:28 AM  
1 vote:

This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?


It's the emergency "make the car smell bad" lever.  

/RIP Mitch Hedberg
2018-02-13 10:07:08 AM  
1 vote:

Nurglitch: You mean the parking brake?


Thanks you beat me to it. The modern parking brake is not an emergency brake and works nothing like they once did. In cars with all disc brakes the emergency brake is a set of little brake shoes that mount inside the rear brake rotor disc.

It is meant to stop the car from rolling while at a standstill.
2018-02-13 10:01:06 AM  
1 vote:
More likely jerking the steering wheel to the side while flailing at the parking break handle caused her to loose control.
2018-02-13 09:46:04 AM  
1 vote:

Ambivalence: This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?

You ever see those really cool stunt driving things where cars make impossibly tight turns?  That's sometimes caused by using the emergency break at high speeds.  I knew a lady who would do that rather regularly, steer with the emergency break.

Which is all well and good if you're doing it yourself or if you anticipate it's happening or if you have experience doing that, when your passenger just springs it on you and you're only 18 and don't have much driving experience, well...you gonna roll.


Depends on the car.  I am like... 98.5% certain that it is IMPOSSIBLE to flip a 1995 3-door honda civic si.
2018-02-13 09:44:01 AM  
1 vote:

fuzzybacchus: Louisiana_Sitar_Club: This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?

Yeah, which is weird because you'd expect that be more of a gas pedal thing.

Probably front wheel drive, so hand brake locks rear wheels (no engine to keep them spinning), driver panics and starts braking but the loose back end swings around due to decreased traction.

With a rear drive car this wouldn't happen as the engine would prevent the brakes from locking .


This is this most technical response to a fart joke I've ever read.
2018-02-13 09:43:18 AM  
1 vote:

fuzzybacchus: NotThatGuyAgain: This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?

Not if you're going in a straight line.  One of my brothers used to do it to me all the time, although usually only on wet roads so it didn't chew up the tires.

It sure won't, by itself, cause a car to flip.  There needs to be something else involved, like, say, sliding off the road and over a bank.

Or the car going sidways  once the loose back end starts to rotate and driver panics /jacknifes the wheel.


Road could also have been curving causing immediate overseer since the wheel was not in a straight/neutral position.
2018-02-13 09:41:40 AM  
1 vote:

ZAZ: Thanks for the stock photo of what a handbrake looks like, for the young people who have never seen a car with anything but a button that doesn't do anything obvious and nobody presses anyway.

arrested the next day on charges of ... risking a catastrophe

The law prohibits "catastrophe by explosion, fire, flood, avalanche, collapse of building, release of poison gas, radioactive material or other harmful or destructive force or substance, or by any other means of causing potentially widespread injury or damage." I guess to that list we can add, "causing a car crash if police don't like you."


That is written broadly enpugh to encompass flipping a car over for no good damned reason.

"...release of poison gas, radioactive material or other harmful or destructive force or substance, or by any other means of causing potentially widespread injury or damage."

Now the argument can be made that he wasn't risking widespread injury, as he and his gf were the only victims.

But a car flying sideways through the air is absolutely a "destructive force" capable of "causing potentially widespread [...] damage."  And there is a distinct risk that one or more fluids in the car (gasoline, antifreeze, etc.) could be "released", and either can be considered "destructive substances".

However, I kind of doubt this comes up in typical accidents, even extreme ones.  This is the kind of shiat that I assume would be reserved for daredevil bullshiat like driving on the wrong side of the highway, farking up e-brake turns, or hollerin dixie, tryna jump snake river gulch while outrunnin the lawman in yer 69 charger.
2018-02-13 09:39:46 AM  
1 vote:

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?

Yeah, which is weird because you'd expect that be more of a gas pedal thing.


Probably front wheel drive, so hand brake locks rear wheels (no engine to keep them spinning), driver panics and starts braking but the loose back end swings around due to decreased traction.

With a rear drive car this wouldn't happen as the engine would prevent the brakes from locking .
2018-02-13 09:24:16 AM  
1 vote:
Hopefully she's okay, and that she realizes she's dodged a bullet by getting this guy out of her life.
2018-02-13 09:18:30 AM  
1 vote:

This text is now purple: Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?


I think it causes a different effect that if you had it engaged while getting up to speed, by suddenly locking the rear wheels.
2018-02-13 09:14:06 AM  
1 vote:
Would pulling the handbrake do anything at highway speeds, besides causing a bad smell?
2018-02-13 09:09:52 AM  
1 vote:
Was the car a rental?  If so, that's how you get your money's worth for the extra insurance.
 
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