originally posted by: SlapMonkey
a reply to: Edumakated
ah yes...interstate merging. That is another one of the things I don't get.
Two things when you merge:
1. Look for a good spot for merging while accelerating on the on ramp--don't wait until you run out of on ramp to take your first look
2. Aim to be at the speed of traffic BEFORE you merge.
Why people can't understand those two simple steps to making merging seamless and easy is beyond me.
It's simple, some simply can't. Which is why I try to point out, certain folks does not have the mental capability of making certain calls when they
are pressured by time. Thus, certain people should not be driving at all.
However, the Conspiracy here is that big auto makers lobbying the crap out of congress to ensure a more and more lax traffic laws just as it is
pointed out, if laws are not enforced, it's as if it doesn't exist.
If DMV continues to throw out driver license to people that take a 15min drive test on local roads doing 40 mph, this is never going to go well.
Does anyone ever wonder why traffic accidents is #1 when it comes to people getting killed. It's quite simply because a lot of us are incapable of
driving, but due to the mega corps. wanting to sell their products to EVERYONE, they don't give a rats ass who can and who can't drive.
Heck, to me, the big auto makers don't even care if you're blind in one eye. They just want to move their inventory so their quarterly earnings will
get their CEO a brand new Yacht in the Bahamas.
Just to be fair, it's not only here in America but this problem is on a global scale.
Which is why, eventually, we will need some type of simulation machine in the DMV's. Where it will pit the driver with many different scenarios and
not only test their knowledge on driving skills, traffic laws, but it also reaction capabilities and reaction time. If they fail a certain percentage,
and many many times, then they should not be operating a vehicle.
And to the people who think you can't simulate text while driving or makeup while driving, think again. All you need to do, is have a eye contact
scanner where it follows your pupil movement, then you force the driver to constantly look up/down or to an area where your attention is no longer on
the road. Then you put them in dangerous simulated driving conditions such as highways with morning or rush hour traffic, and show them what happens
when they don't keep their 100% attention and focus on the road.
But hey, again, one can only hope right? It's just my 2 pennies.