So You Think You Are A Safe Driver Who Can Run Lights, Tailgate & Speed?

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    Aug 23, 2010 12:43 PM GMT
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CO6Di0Trjc



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    Aug 23, 2010 1:58 PM GMT
    LOL

    Seriously though, I was just waiting for the "Don't text and drive" message to come up...
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    Aug 23, 2010 4:56 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidUgh.....over seven minutes of awful tragedy. I cannot believe I allowed myself to watch that.

    The only way that bullshit would apply to me is if I were a victim of someone's careless driving. I am a very cautious and good driver.

    Phew* what a relief I was about to watch it ;3
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    Aug 23, 2010 4:57 PM GMT
    used to put them in body bags every week cause of people who thought they were good drivers. It only takes once, and peoples' lives are changed for a lifetime.
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    Aug 23, 2010 5:08 PM GMT
    HOLY FUCK! *stomach turns* thanks...
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    Aug 23, 2010 5:12 PM GMT
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xhpmdUZSsg

    an idiot romanian driver
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    Aug 23, 2010 5:46 PM GMT
    Reminds me of the Driver's Ed classes we had in high school in the mid-1960s, showing us films from actual scenes of the aftermath of car crashes. And early slow-motion crash dummy experiments, all to scare the hell out of us, and make us use lap belts, which US cars were just starting to get then.

    This one in the OP is obviously more sophisticated than those old things, and they couldn't show us much gore in HS, maybe just an outline under a sheet that was supposed to be a dead victim on road, or someone on a stretcher.

    This is very similar to what I watched, a lot of these films used for many years. Though I don't recall our HS used one quite this graphic, perhaps intended for an older audience. And with a lot of promotional cheerleading for the State Police featured in it (and who produced it), almost becomes like a recruiting film a few times.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx-rXEdaGao&feature=search
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    Aug 23, 2010 6:04 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidUgh.....over seven minutes of awful tragedy. I cannot believe I allowed myself to watch that.

    The only way that bullshit would apply to me is if I were a victim of someone's careless driving. I am a very cautious and good driver.


    I couldn't watch it after 2 minutes when the baby flew out of that woman's hands on the windshield. icon_cry.gif
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    Aug 23, 2010 6:10 PM GMT
    Holy fuck, I am just over the shock of a Accident I had and now this. I am lucky as hell that no one got injured while my car went out of control. I am still certain that I didnt do anything wrong, but then again why was I spinning over the street? Damn, after watching this video I dont even want my license anymore.
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    Aug 23, 2010 6:11 PM GMT
    (Heavy metal objects on wheels) * (velocity) + (Humans) * (Human stupidity factor) = Never ending deaths and injuries.

    It's a good thing we have such skilled EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses, Emergancy Room doctors, and Surgeons. Stuff like this will never stop happening. However, education, maturaity, and respect for road laws can lower the chances of such events.

    I used to tailgate and speed. Now I drive the speed limit or just a few mph over. I know longer tailgate either. I never had problems with being careless about pedestrians or running red lights though. I guess my brain has matured a lot since 16.
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    Aug 23, 2010 6:15 PM GMT
    Wilton saidReminds me of the Driver's Ed classes we had in high school in the mid-1960s, showing us films from actual scenes of the aftermath of car crashes. And early slow-motion crash dummy experiments, all to scare the hell out of us, and make us use lap belts, which US cars were just starting to get then.

    This one in the OP is obviously more sophisticated than those old things, and they couldn't show us much gore in HS, maybe just an outline under a sheet that was supposed to be a dead victim on road, or someone on a stretcher.

    This is very similar to what I watched, a lot of these films used for many years. Though I don't recall our HS used one quite this graphic, perhaps intended for an older audience. And with a lot of promotional cheerleading for the State Police featured in it (and who produced it), almost becomes like a recruiting film a few times.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx-rXEdaGao&feature=search


    the ohio state patrol had some real winners.
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    Aug 23, 2010 6:15 PM GMT
    I've seen some of those scenes before, but not all packed together in one video. One thing I noticed that the majority of them had in common: Driver distractions. Combine that with careless driving and you get...scenes for a truly sad video. icon_sad.gif
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    Aug 23, 2010 6:32 PM GMT
    conscienti1984 saidIt's a good thing we have such skilled EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses, Emergancy Room doctors, and Surgeons. Stuff like this will never stop happening. However, education, maturaity, and respect for road laws can lower the chances of such events.

    To which I would add the safety of modern cars. Aside from airbags and 3-way belts we never used to have, there's also better road handling, brakes, friendlier interiors in a crash, and a strong cage construction, due to having to do mandatory crash tests nowadays. If you look at some of those real-world accident results from the 1959 video I linked above, some of those old cars just came apart at the seams in relatively low-speed crashes. As for that old saying "They don't make 'em like they used to" I agree -- they used to make 'em out of cardboard.

    I'd also stress your point about education. I saw those driver's ed films in high school before I drove, and then had training in a dual-control car with a HS instructor before I got my license. That's become increasingly rare in the US in the last few years, and I think that's a mistake.

    Not only are younger drivers often less prepared than my generation was, but I'm concerned for myself sharing the roads with these untrained & underskilled kids. It can also mean higher insurance premiums for me, greater strain on the medical system, and countless other societal costs.

    Bring back high school driver's education!
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    Aug 23, 2010 7:10 PM GMT
    I've always been scared to hell of driving. My parents, sister, and school mates get annoyed at how I loath driving, and when I do drive, I drive very carefully.

    Every time I drive the car, I manage to have at least one tailgater who honks at me for not going 20+ MPH over the speed limit and flips me off... god I hate drivers.

    When I get in the car with my sister, I am literally scared shitless at times. She's younger than me and says, "I'm much better of a driver than you." Right after she said that, she drove directly into a bicycle-only lane in order to swerve around a car making a left hand turn. When I told her she *cannot* do that, that is dangerous as shit! There could have been a bicyclist there, but she didn't even look. She got extremely angry at me and told me in effect to shut up and that I was wrong (she kept yelling at me for the rest of the trip for it). A lot of bicyclists died/got injured on our road because people would speed 20-30 miles over the speed limit and use those paths to get around cars at certain turn offs.

    Too many stupid ass drivers out there who chose to endanger others, just so they can get somewhere a few minutes faster. Beyond stupid... And, like my sister, it's impossible to convince them they are being negligent homicidal maniacs until they actually hit someone.

    As for the video, I couldn't stomach past a minute and a half.
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    Aug 23, 2010 7:20 PM GMT
    one thing you can't do when you drive is to be afraid of driving. second guessing, being overly cautious, driving too slow, etc., can all create as much havoc as reckless drivers.

    defensive driving is about confidence...being able to drive yourself out of a situation rather than into one. there are definitely crazies on the road...but to me, people who are overly cautious (the :ahem: elderly) are just as dangerous as bonehead drivers.
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    Aug 23, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    Would I think I was a safe driver if I regularly did those things?