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Car crashes and near misses ( vanity)
10/03/10 | Phil.K

Posted on 03/10/2010 8:07:54 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat

They say that the most lethal weapon that most of us will ever "use" is the car. Here are 3 stories which you are free to add to.


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The first involved my cousin Pat, who was approx 17 at the time. She was being picked up with 3 friends for a day out, and as they picked up the fourth, the girl attacked pat for always being in the front seat.

"Sod you then"!, said Pat, and retreated to the back while her friend took the seat next to the driver. Needless to say, an accident occurred, and the passenger next to the driver was severely injured ( the driver was unscathed, as was Pat)

The second story also relates to my cousins, specifically my Aunt Joan. Uncle Norris and his 3 kids were driving home one evening when whoosh! a moped speeds past them. " look at that stupid idiot" remarks my uncle.

As they pulled into their driveway, there's Aunt Joan, late for preparing dinner, disembarking.

Finally, one of my own.

I'm driving on a Jakarta toll road, and suddenly the traffic stops. I decrease speed, but looking into my rear view mirror ( the most important part of a car IMHO), a truck is heading for me at full pelt.

A split second decision puts me into the middle lane ( I was in the "fast lane") and although he rams me, he also takes out a BMW, which lessens the blow.

1 posted on 03/10/2010 8:07:54 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Two things:

1. Sod?
2. Full “pelt”?

Sounds British or something.

But, beyond that I don’t understand the point of this post.


2 posted on 03/10/2010 8:25:21 AM PST by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: RobRoy
Yes, I am a Brit.

With all the news from Toyota mishaps recently, I wondered whether anyone had any interesting stories related to the title...

sorry you didn't get the point. Philip

PS. I'm not sure of the origins of sod, except with the phrase Sod's law.

Full pelt meant at high speed, but has its origins in medieval cavalry.

3 posted on 03/10/2010 8:31:34 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

I could never recomend this FOX 9 news special enough. Its just over 7 min but it is worth every second.

FOX 9 Special - ROOM TO LIVE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xP41apGRXk


4 posted on 03/10/2010 8:33:17 AM PST by NavyCanDo (Palin 2012 Teleprompter Not Required)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

The “gone global” ad you will share with everyone you know that drives

EMBRACE LIFE

http://embracethis.co.uk/


5 posted on 03/10/2010 8:37:51 AM PST by NavyCanDo (Palin 2012 Teleprompter Not Required)
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To: RobRoy

There’s a ‘sodoff’ FR keyword.
First time I heard the term was in the phrase ‘Sod off, swampy.’ from http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1344874/posts


6 posted on 03/10/2010 8:38:13 AM PST by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights.)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

I recall returning to college at the end of Christmas break, in a snow storm that had left quite a bit of slushy, wet snow on the interstate highway. Traffic had slowed to a crawl, all lined up in the “tracks,” with no one willing to chance getting out of them and onto the untracked snow in the left lane.

A large black Lincoln sedan with Kentucky tags came blowing past, slopping wet snow all over everybody’s windshield, with the occupants making faces, pointing and laughing at the wimps crawling along.

We all had the pleasure of watching those faces turn surprised, shocked and then whiten with fear, as the car did several 360 degree turns and went into the median, clipping quite a few aluminum reflector posts as it went.

Nothing serious, no injuries that I could tell, but then again, no one came running to see if they were OK, either.

It was karmic.


7 posted on 03/10/2010 8:43:44 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

We were driving on a two lane highway in California several years ago. Traffic was heavy and there wasn’t any opportunity to pass. A car full of teenagers came roaring past us on the dirt shoulder passing 30 or 40 cars. They were doing at least 80. Pretty soon traffic came to a complete stop. They had flipped their car a mile or two in front of us. The car war really mangled and I never found out if any of them were killed.


8 posted on 03/10/2010 8:52:15 AM PST by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

I was just funnin’ ya. I should have used a smiley.

I’ve had lots of close calls (many on my motorcycle), but most (not all) were my fault. But I also have the skill to make sure they are only CLOSE.

Regarding the Toyota thing. I have no doubt that once the news on the “sticky throttles” broke, Toyota and the government were very aware of, and had many meetings about, the fact that many people would try to fake this for money. I’m sure every case is seen from that perspective - even if there is loss of life.

I’m 56. I suspect that most men that have been driving as long as I have have at one time or another had a “sticky throttle”. Anything from the motor shifting due to a broken motor mount to a floor mat getting stuck under the gas pedal to a broken spring. We don’t blame the manufacturer unless it is a “clear” design defect. That is, one that they knew about and knew that it would affect lots of people - and the cost of mitigating is low.

I threw that last line in because it is a critical part of this. After all, cars could be much safer if they threw another 100 grand into each car. Safety is always a tradeoff.


9 posted on 03/10/2010 9:04:42 AM PST by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: RobRoy

:-)


10 posted on 03/10/2010 9:07:37 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Chuck Norris lost both his legs in a car accident....and still managed to walk it off.


11 posted on 03/10/2010 9:09:10 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

How fast is ‘full pelt’ on a moped?


12 posted on 03/10/2010 9:34:35 AM PST by sportutegrl (VETO PROOF MAJORITY IN 2010)
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To: sportutegrl

It’s more of a sound than a speed, lol. About 120 decibels, slightly faster than a bicycle.


13 posted on 03/10/2010 9:36:25 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: sportutegrl
well, I wasn't there at the time as it it's one of the family folklore tales.

Knowing Aunt Joan, it would have been might fast ( over 40 years ago).

14 posted on 03/10/2010 9:39:21 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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might= mighty


15 posted on 03/10/2010 9:40:41 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Was driving in rush hour traffic on the freeway. Several cars ahead of me someone was severely tailgating. The car in front of him slams on his brakes, coming to a full stop on the interstate. The tailgater slams on his brakes.

Guy behind the tailgater is driving a pickup truck, and has to follow suit or hit the back of the tailgater.

Nobody has rear ended anyone.

However the tire that was in the back of the pickup truck launches into the air, flies over the tailgater’s car and lands on the roof of the car that originally slammed on his brakes to a full stop on the freeway.


16 posted on 03/10/2010 9:43:07 AM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
Ah! The insanity that is Southeast Asian traffic. That is the one part of my upcoming trip I dread. The Kamikaze motorcycle.
17 posted on 03/10/2010 9:57:47 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA
"The Kamikaze motorcycle."

Good call. Yes, certainly here in Jakarta, the greatest menace on the road is certainly the "biker."

I rarely drive now, except on Sundays.

Thank god I have an excellent 'supir' ( chauffeur).

18 posted on 03/10/2010 10:05:19 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: mbynack

In ‘67 I lived on Mercer Island right next to the old toll booths on I-90. They had reversible lanes back then. Every week or two some guy would get on the freeway there and not notice and move into the “passing lane” and WHAM, a head on. The sound is really something. It is not a crash. It is a loud “thud” with “crash” aftertones.

Any way. I was in 7th grade. One day my bro and I are playing catch and we hear that sound and go up to take a look (we were down a 30’ hill from the road). There was a 1965 baracuda with five teenagers. The windshield was gone and the frame was like a picture frame with a photo of five faces all with eyes shut and completely washed in blood. All of their faces were approximately in the same verticle plane as the dashboard. The car was very much shortenedbetween the dashboard and the front . . It had hit a forest green government Plymouth with one guy who was injured but coherent.

What had happened was that a carload of teenagers in a pretty new Baracuda fastback had just entered the freeway, probably floored it and moved into the passing lane going westbound, except it was right after school and rush hour, so the lane was eastbound. The road veered right before entering the floating bridge, and went head on to an east bound government worker coming home from work.

I heard and saw lots of accidents while we lived there and arrived there usually within less than a minute after the thud. This was just the worst.

I assume that most or all of the teenagers were dead.


19 posted on 03/10/2010 10:10:05 AM PST by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
I was traveling across Tennessee with my family late at night to visit my Mother who lived all the was across the state. On the freeway two cars and a van passed me that were traveling about 85 mph. Since ever one else was asleep and there was no one to nag me about my speed, I decided to fall in behind them and follow. We were making good time and I followed them for about two hours when for no reason I decide to pull into a gas station to get some coffee and stretch my legs.

While at the gas station we heard and saw several emergency vehicles and police cars, all with sirens blasting pass by on the freeway. When I got back on the freeway the traffic was backed up to a stand still. It took about fifteen minutes to go about a mile where we found what was causing the back up. There in a tangled mass of wreckage were the two cars and the van I had been previously following.

20 posted on 03/10/2010 10:12:33 AM PST by Between the Lines (AreYouWhoYouSayYouAre? Esse Quam Videri - To Be, Rather Than To Seem)
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To: RegulatorCountry
>>It’s more of a sound than a speed, lol. About 120 decibels, slightly faster than a bicycle.<<

I don't care who ya are. That was funny!


21 posted on 03/10/2010 10:15:47 AM PST by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Between the Lines

Reminds me of driving in Montana.

I was on I-94 coming westbound out of North Dakota in our Chrysler 300m and there was a Jeep Cherokee with a matress on top and a Jeep Grand Cherokee that were pretty much staying with me at around 80 (speed limit had been fairly recently created in Montana at the time. It was 75)

So, like I always do, I pass slower trucks and then merge into the “slow” lane. Interestingly though, every time I did, one or both of the Jeeps would pass me, but when we got to the next truck they would slow down and almost pace the trucks speed, but a hundred yards or so behind the truck, so I would (via cruise control) pass them and turn in front of them to pass the truck. They would then speed up and slowly pass me again.

Well, with each truck the gap got smaller and smaller until I almost had to cut one of them off to not get stuck in a “mexican raod block” between him and the truck. So I passed the truck and moved over as I always did.

Then an interesting thing happened. They both passed me, got next to each other, effectively blocking both lanes, and dropped their speed to about 55. It wasn’t until then that I noticed they both had Minnesota plates and were clearly friends. So they wanted to play.

I passed them on the shoulder without even slowing down. This resulted in a high speed pursuit. My 300 has the “performance package”. Regarding this event it means my governor is at 140 mph. The standard for Chrysler vehicles (including Jeeps) is 105 IIRC. Anyway, I bumped it to 105 and the Grand Cherokee stayed right on my bumper. I kept accelerating and finally topped it out and backed down to 85. In short order, both of them were on me again. I did this three times and finally DID lose the Cherokee with the matress on top, but the GC would not give up.

I finally floored it and completely lost him. I then dropped it to 105 (yes, I was worried about cops and 105 IS better than 140) and at the first town got off to get gas. I figured if they were willing to find where I turned off and actually find me, I was ready to confront them - in a public place. But I never saw them again.

The icky part is that my 12 year old daughter was with me. All three of my daughters are agressive drivers. Go figure.


22 posted on 03/10/2010 10:31:12 AM PST by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: Between the Lines

Reminds me of driving in Montana.

I was on I-94 coming westbound out of North Dakota in our Chrysler 300m and there was a Jeep Cherokee with a matress on top and a Jeep Grand Cherokee that were pretty much staying with me at around 80 (speed limit had been fairly recently created in Montana at the time. It was 75)

So, like I always do, I pass slower trucks and then merge into the “slow” lane. Interestingly though, every time I did, one or both of the Jeeps would pass me, but when we got to the next truck they would slow down and almost pace the trucks speed, but a hundred yards or so behind the truck, so I would (via cruise control) pass them and turn in front of them to pass the truck. They would then speed up and slowly pass me again.

Well, with each truck the gap got smaller and smaller until I almost had to cut one of them off to not get stuck in a “mexican raod block” between him and the truck. So I passed the truck and moved over as I always did.

Then an interesting thing happened. They both passed me, got next to each other, effectively blocking both lanes, and dropped their speed to about 55. It wasn’t until then that I noticed they both had Minnesota plates and were clearly friends. So they wanted to play.

I passed them on the shoulder without even slowing down. This resulted in a high speed pursuit. My 300 has the “performance package”. Regarding this event it means my governor is at 140 mph. The standard for Chrysler vehicles (including Jeeps) is 105 IIRC. Anyway, I bumped it to 105 and the Grand Cherokee stayed right on my bumper. I kept accelerating and finally topped it out and backed down to 85. In short order, both of them were on me again. I did this three times and finally DID lose the Cherokee with the matress on top, but the GC would not give up.

I finally floored it and completely lost him. I then dropped it to 105 (yes, I was worried about cops and 105 IS better than 140) and at the first town got off to get gas. I figured if they were willing to find where I turned off and actually find me, I was ready to confront them - in a public place. But I never saw them again.

The icky part is that my 12 year old daughter was with me. All three of my daughters are agressive drivers. Go figure.


23 posted on 03/10/2010 10:32:49 AM PST by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: NavyCanDo

bttt


24 posted on 03/10/2010 10:41:05 AM PST by petercooper (GOP: Big Tent Party??? Not if you are a CONSERVATIVE.)
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To: Between the Lines

Oops. Freerepublic burped...


25 posted on 03/10/2010 10:48:12 AM PST by RobRoy (The US today: Revelation 18:4)
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