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post #11 of 23 (permalink) Old 08-14-2017, 10:22 PM
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People are so damn stupid. Barefoot hit the nail on the head. People don't know how to operate a vehicle. They just know how to make it go in a direction more or less. How said is it that she needed someone else to tell her how to STOP it. Making a phone call came as a first though before neutral, killing the ignition, yanking the ebrake, steering it into a wall or guardrail and grinding it to a stop......


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"The pedal stuck" seems like a good excuse for someone who doesn't know how to control a vehicle in a stressful, split-second situation.

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Probably a floor mat.

I had a throttle spring break on my carb once when I was ~16 and it was a little scary at first, butnothing that wasn't hard to fix by going in neutral and shutting off ignition.
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...emergency procedures aren't drilled nto new drivers.
Emergency procedures? We in SC can't get people to not drive in the left hand lane unless passing, or pull to the right when an emergency vehicle is approaching. lol
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Emergency procedures? We in SC can't get people to not drive in the left hand lane unless passing, or pull to the right when an emergency vehicle is approaching. lol
Yea... I've been told I live in a fantasy world... Thinking the average person can think realistically with common sense...

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Isn't shutting off the ignition a really bad idea? You lose power steering and brakes. Much better to shift to neutral, feather the ebrake to a stop, then hope you can kill your ignition before your motor blows.
Turning off the ignition could be a bad idea for people who can't keep cool under stress...if that lady turned it one step too far (easy to do under stress), the steering wheel could lock up and at that point she would have had bigger problems.

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Our xterras don't lock until the key is removed but I see what you are saying. Even then, if you kill the ignition, you are killing the power source. I'd kill the power source before I'd let it make me hit something full throttle.
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Brakes are always stronger than engines. I believe Car and Driver did a whole series of tests on all kinds of cars that proved this several years back.
In nearly every reported case over the past few decades, the evidence points to human error, not car flaws, including Toyotas and all other makes.

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drive a manual and push in the clutch with every time sad they are dying out in the states.
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Brakes are always stronger than engines. I believe Car and Driver did a whole series of tests on all kinds of cars that proved this several years back.
In nearly every reported case over the past few decades, the evidence points to human error, not car flaws, including Toyotas and all other makes.

Car and driver did do that test. Brakes always won. There was only one instance where they got the car to not stop. 120MPH keep the gas pedal floored and hit the brakes. The brakes overheated and the car slowed to 10mph and held that speed.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features...d-acceleration
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