So: when did you see that something was wrong on the road? In time to react?
The first time I saw that video, I saw the truck at about the same time the white vehicle's brake lights lit up - and as a passive viewer watching a video with foreknowledge that there would be a collision in it, I had a pretty big advantage over any of the drivers in that footage.
How many times have you casually just pressed the accelerator and moved to pass a transport truck like the red one in that video. What do you think would've happened to the car with the camera on the dash if it had been midway through trying to pass the red truck when the driver realized what was happening in the oncoming lane?
Let's talk about road safety & taking the activity of driving seriously, because - in my experience - most people are incredibly unsafe on the road, and don't take anything they do while operating a vehicle seriously (particularly when it comes to pressing the accelerator).
I drive at the speed limit all of the time! Well, most of the time; sometimes I slip up, or that damn government changes the maximum speed right when you aren't expecting it so they can get that juicy road fine revenue!
Did you know that almost every municipality has an agreement like this one
to re-invest any traffic fine monies into road maintenance, so nobody is getting a 'cut' of all that horrible 'cash cow' that bad drivers like to talk about to deflect conversations away from their terrible driving?
Did you also know that a Maximum Speed sign is not a 'recommendation' for how fast you should go, but an absolute maximum safe limit, under ideal conditions, at which you can drive on the road
? And this limit is not pulled out of the air by your local fat cat politician that you may or may not like to blame for all of the stupid things you do that get you into legal trouble - it's imposed by the engineers that built the Goddamn road.
You should almost never
drive right 'around' the maximum legal speed of a road - especially if the legal speed is at or above 100 mph. In fact, you should never approach 100 mph when driving, ever
, unless someone is, say, you have a life or death emergency.
Look at that yellow car at the 0:18~ second mark, and try telling me with a straight face that your seatbelt or airbag would make a life saving difference if you were driving that vehicle in that kind of collision. Then go back to the first video, if you need to, and consider how little reaction time & actual braking time you have when something unexpected happens on the road.
Driving at the limit is a bad idea, and if you do it, you should stop.
Pfft. OP, you don't even know. I have a secret driving power that lifts me above the rabble - it's called 'driving while shitfaced'. It makes me a better driver. No, seriously. No, for real, I totally drive awesome while I am drunk!
Apparently a lot of people also believe that they have this secret power, because a lot of motorists still drive while drunk
, causing about 30 vehicle accident fatalities every day
in the United States.
No, you do not drive better while drunk. No, the fact that you didn't plan your evening out isn't a compelling excuse, and I imagine Sam Kinison had a few regrets about his comedy routine during the few minutes he was still barely alive after being killed by the world's most cruelly ironic impaired driver.
I'm no Sunday Driver, OP; I'm a pro. I'm a former stunt driver (or may as well be)! I go out to practice what I call defensive driving on the track every weekend. My car & I are like an extension of each other, so I can drive however fast I want and still be safe because I have the skills. The world is my great orange pylon.
Humans aren't very good at intuiting energy on the scale that even 'slow' vehicles drive at; you're never as 'in control' of your vehicle as you think you are, regardless of your level of driving skill. What you think of as inconsequential (like shaving 5 km/h off of your cruising speed) is easily the difference between a fatal or non-fatal collision, because the scale that we measure vehicle speeds on doesn't effectively capture how much force is changed with a -5 or +5 (much less -20 or +20) adjustment.
Man I can't schedule worth a Goddamn, and I have to get places fast to make up for it. I don't have time for this 'road safety' bullshit; Hell, I'm mostly just pissed-off that they installed these stupid 'governors' in my car. I've had it up to HERE with people trying to govern me - I don't need my car doing it too!
Have you ever found yourself raging at traffic lights because they always seem to be red when you're trying to race around town? That's actually by design (well, the part where you can't just zip around town). For the most part, when you're in a town or city, the rate at which you can get from one place to another is dictated by traffic signals - not by the performance of your vehicle. If you`re late getting to work while going 40 between signal stops, you`re not going to do much better when going 80 between signal stops (assuming you can even `fight traffic`-I believe that`s the term bad drivers use these days - to get going that quick to begin with.
Of course, you could always just cheat the signals, I guess.
So, driving. You`re bad at it, but hey, it`s the government`s fault, am I right?