Skip to comments.But officer, I wasn't tailgating (2-second New Year's safety video)
Posted on 12/31/2011 9:59:38 AM PST by LibWhacker
I hate it when that happens!
Wonder if the trucker used his blinker before sliding into the ongoing lane and hitting the first truck.
The two trucks of approximately equal mass colliding meant that the truck in front of the camera went from about 60 mph to zero mph instantaneously on impact.
So how many seconds does it take for your vehicle to come to a complete stop from 60 mph? That is many seconds back you would need to be...plus a few seconds for reaction time, of course.
A brilliant illustration of the coefficient of friction for ice.
The road looked pretty slick, so I think I’d leave about a mile and a half....
He’s Right.He wasn’t tailgating.Be just wasn’t paying attention.If he was he could have avoided that collision.
Not enough time to stop. But if he’d been focused, he could have swung to the left lane. Possibly he would have made it, or possibly he would have skidded and brushed the truck with his passenger side—certainly a lot better than hitting it head on.
Tailgaters should be publicly flogged, fined and ...
You’d wear out a lot of bullwhips in New Mexico but would also have plenty of revenue to buy more. New Mexico drivers! Yikes. I live in Arizona and can always tell when one of them comes up behind me on the road.
If you look closely at the right side of the second truck at impact there appears to be a snowplow blade showing for a blink or two. That would make sense as plows don't move all that fast and can throw up a cloud of snow that masks them from view.
Bummer, all around...
Snow plow? I stand corrected. Thought it was a semi that jumped into the lane. Will watch it again. Good eye.
The camera angle changes just before the impact of the two vehicles in front of the camera car. That leads me to believe that the driver of the camera car had reacted prior to the actual collision of the two vehicles in front of him. Methinks, maybe, to get off the road to the right, but as another here mentioned, he'd have been better off swerving left.
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