Hit the curb, pull up to the pump on the wrong side (if it is rental or new car), over correct, forget to turn on lights, and many more. We all make mistakes, that's life. I have yet to meet a driver that has not made a mistake at some point in time.
To avoid the wrong pump, pretty much every car has this, if you look where the gas pump icon is, there is a little arrow. That tells you what side your tank is on
Mar 25, 2014 17:24:03 GMT -6 dashcamextraordinaire said:
WOW, well I feel dumb as well
crud, Never heard of that too, now I'm going to be checking every single vehicle I'm near lol
Post by badsouthfldrivers on Mar 25, 2014 23:29:32 GMT -5
I learned to drive in Colorado Springs. Just for kicks, here is what I had to do. Keep in mind I had never been behind the wheel of a car before I did this. Th program was expensive but I am grateful for my parents enrolling me in this.
Just to add, I believe that at least one highway in Texas was raised to 85. I know that here in Ohio, when I-71 had the speed limit raised to 70 in areas last year, that just meant that the people who normally went 85 in a 65 went 90 in a 70. It really doesn't matter what the speed limit is, people will simply go 15-20 over whatever it is.
OT: My first driving experience was when I was 14, when my mother would let me drive around a quiet development that rarely had police around (and I easily looked 17-18 years old then), and just took it easy. I was stuck driving a gay ugly Suzuki X-90, as if my current car isn't bad enough. But, it was simple, and helped me get situated with all the controls. By the time I first got my license, I admit I was still inexperienced, but I have no issue saying I was still better than 85% of the population around me the minute I rolled out of the BMV lot. I had no problem getting perfect scores on the maneuverability and skills tests on the road, and was actually shocked that there was so little to it. I honestly couldn't believe that I went through the test with such ease, yet so many of my peers had such issues with the driving and/or maneuverability portions. I have had my license for nearly two years already, and yet to get a single ticket or accident.
Well, that is kinda a lie. A couple months ago, I moved my father's Chevy Equinox on a 45deg angle out of the way to pull my car out to get pizza. However, I didn't pull it out of the way as much as I thought, and I ran the corner of my rear bumper along the right rear door, and left a nice gash in it. No real harm, though. To date, that is my only collision, and it was in my own driveway...
I can't exactly say the same about my brother in that timespan, though. -speeding ticket (82 in a 65) -collision with Chevy Blazer (the Blazer was ruled at fault, but I am sure my brother was making an illegal turn at the time, not going in-depth) -T-bone collision with Ford Escort (I was passenger this time, Escort pulled out of stop sign in front of us when we didn't have a stop, hit them at 45. They were 100% at fault. The driver didn't own the car, have insurance, nor should've been operating a vehicle, the passenger didn't own the vehicle or have insurance, and the actual owner of the car, who wasn't present, didn't have insurance. It was one big clusterf*ck.) -drove my mother's (would've been mine) Grand Am into a ditch at 2 am. He claimed he fell asleep, but considering his girlfriend made it to the scene before my parents suggests he was texting her. -multiple times he hit road signs (at least the ones he admitted to hitting...)
I believe that here in the US having a speed limit of 85 MPH would be dangerous.
Oh god, I know that I would end up dead one day while driving to college if the speed limit was raised to 85 MPH.
Totally, once over 75 mph one can feel the vehicle get lighter, that is any sort of bump or hump actually lifts the car making it more likely than at lower speeds to go air borne, so if in a situation where you have to maneuver you're way more likely to loose control and not be able to correct it at all. At those speeds any collision could easily mean death or permanent life long injuries.
I would hate to hit anything over 75. And, I always try to keep good distances between me and other drivers, no need to bunch up on the open road. Gives me time to avoid road debris, and react to anything going on up ahead.
In Ohio when I drove through everyone was doing either the speed limit or just 5 mph over. No one passed me doing 80 or higher, but guess that might depend on what part of the state you're driving in and when.
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