I wish people would wake up and realize how easy it is for a car doing highway speeds (and actually at lower speeds) to become unstable and end up
rolling, unable to recover from a swerve.
Look at the way an SUV can go into a swerve and oversteer, ending up rolling and landing on the roof.
The typical accident from this type of thing is to compress fracture the driver's head/neck and they end up paralyzed.
Drivers tend to think they are 'entitled' to drive as fast as possible.
Just yesterday, I'm riding up from the end of a dead end street, cars parked on both side of the road, and really only room for one car.
A driver comes toward me speeding at 35mph, and I just held my line, which gave him room to go by. But it's SO narrow, the he ends up gripping the
steering wheel and making little panicked back-and-forth motions with the steering wheel so he could 'thread' the needle and go by.
It NEVER EVEN occurred to him to slow the freak down and control his movement that way. Who the HELL needs to drive 35mph down the last 100 yds of a
freakin' dead end street?
I see it all the time. Drivers come up to a pinch point on a narrow rural road with a 25mph speed limit, and see a lady walking a baby and me riding
by the other way on the other side of the street and they SPEED UP to try and pass the lady walking the baby before I get there and create a minor
pinch point all because they just can't understand they should slow down instead and watch out for pedestrians. The lady could have stumbled and
turned an ankle, or started to drift out further into the road, or the driver could have blown a tire.
Drivers just seem to think what they're seeing out the window is some kind of video game and not a real world were things can go wrong.
Sorry about the rant, but c'mon people - get it under control fercryinoutloud.
Edit: BTW, I have little hope since here we see posted above that someone has so little appreciation of the dangerous forces involved in driving even
at 25 or 35 mph, or faster, that they'd endanger the life of their own child rather than pull over and give them a drink or a blanket when it's safe
to do so.
Most people think they're good drivers, but studies have shown that they're greatly exaggerating their perception of their skills.
[edit on 26-12-2007 by Badge01]