Do you ever think about what you'd do in potential car crash situations? Do bad drivers sometimes tick you off just a bit?
By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
April 11, 2018 8:21pm CST
The other day I was sitting on a low wall, taking a smoke break from work. I heard sirens and saw a fire truck racing toward the intersection where I was sitting. The light for the firetruck changed from green to yellow, and by that time most people had pulled over so the firetruck could go through the intersection. A jerk to the firetruck's left (my right) was either texting or thought he could "beat" the fire truck through the intersection. The firetruck slammed on its brakes, and the man (in a large SUV) made it through the intersection. As this was unfolding, I flashed on my old physics classes, and realized that if the two vehicles collided, much of the matter would be deflected toward exactly where I was sitting. My muscled tensed as I made ready to sprint to my left if they hit. After the SUV "made it," I started thinking about what I would have done had I been at that intersection, but driving. A firetruck t-boning me on the driver's side at 40 mph would probably kill me. I decided that I would have thrown the truck in reverse and floored it, had a collision been imminent. As it was, I finished my cigarette, bought a Ginger Ale, and headed back to work. Do you do these kinds of calculations? Do bad drivers sometimes miff you, even if just wee bit?
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Not a wee bit but a lot! I know I'm a careful driver and yes I do drive fast sometimes but I'm always aware of the traffic rules and I always exercise caution when doing so, I'm never reckless at all. But I know I don't own the road and I can't control bad drivers. So I am very much aware I could still get into an accident. Thus when I'm driving I make myself very aware of my own driving plus the other people's driving.
I try to drive calmly and very defensively knowing the way that people drive. However, things can happen. Thankfully, I have been in very few accidents in the over 40 years of driving and there were never any injuries at all. So far, so good! It's always good to try to learn from situations that could happen and try to figure out the best way to avoid hurting oneself.
I was walking home one evening after attending a hockey game and there were two guys walking towards me. Out of the blue, both of them (at the same time) jumped off of the sidewalk and on to the grass at the park to the side of the street. At that time, I felt the heat of a car's front end on the back of my legs. Suddenly, a white car sped out from behind me and up the street so fast it only left a streak! The two guys....who were chinese and couldn't speak a word of english... ran up to me talking a blue streak in Chinese. I told them to pinch me so I'll know I'm still alive!
• Boise, Idaho
People used to pull off to the side of the road and let emergency vehicles have the right of way. Have you tried the new Ginger ale with lemonade. I think it's pretty good. If you like tangy flavor. I bet it will be a great thirst quencher this summer.
• Walnut Creek, California
Well, you don't need to know any formal calculations to know that a large fire truck broadsided on the left side by a large SUV would be deflected very slightly to the right. How much? Hard to say unless you have mass and velocity of both vehicles.
• Preston, England
I see lots of drivers I wonder how they survive so long - I do often play out in my head how I'd cope faced with fire, cars sinking in rivers, plummeting elevators, etc. Most realistically my response would be screaming and wetting myself and dying horribly
Talk about this... yesterday, when we went to the hospital with my kids. We saw an armoured van from a bank and a car crashed to each other. it is obvious that the car was at fault. The traffic got heavy and the driver of the van was worried maybe because it got money in it. Bad drivers will really have to be punished. We should promote defensive driving to avoid this kind of problem.
• Walnut Creek, California
Here in California, many bad divers just flee the scene and are never caught. I actually witnessed such a crash as I was returning to the Bay Area from Santa Barbara on Highwy 101. I think all of us who are not criminals should engage in defensive driving.