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    Back in 1982 I was in a serious car crash ... the other driver (drunk) crossed over the line and was headed straight on - I swerved to the left and his pickup truck ran over the right side of the hood, crushed the roof on that side, and spun me around three times like a top.

    When the sheriff deputy got there, the man could not even blubber out his own name due to his drunken state. His license had been suspended a year ago for the same kind of thing - he was driving without a license and, of course, had no insurance.

    Since my car was totalled, I had nothing to drive and needed to get back and forth to work ... I attempted, as part of the settlement, to obtain his truck in payment for my loss, but was refused by the courts. It was explained that the man needed that truck to look for work ... what? I said in awe ... he doesn't have a license, and does not have insurance, but he is allowed to use the truck to look for work? What is wrong with this picture?

    The courts said, and I quote them directly: the 'alleged' drunk was not allowed to drive any vehicle because of the suspended license ... but since he was unemployed at the time he was allowed by state law to keep the truck so that he could use it to find work. Wait ... he can't drive it, but is allowed to do so anyway because he is not employed? The attorney said, Yup ... that's the way it is.

    I was out a car and got nothing for it ... stupid laws defend the criminal and offer nothing for the victim in lots of cases like that here.

    Because of my quick thinking, I avoided the head on ... got a few scrapes and bruises, but otherwise able to return to work in a couple days.

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    And here was I thinking things were different in the States
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    I vote we start a collection for Lars..... and buy him a Glock.

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    Or a Centurion Tank............
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    I don't know if I mentioned it but the EU wants a satellite controlled device in every vehicle which will prevent them exceeding the speed limit, making it impossible to accelerate out of trouble in the event of an emergency. Britain is "thinking about it" They will not endorse the idea as the government would lose too much money in speeding fines. A device with gave a warning when breaking the speed limit would be much more sensible and would negate the excuse that one was not aware of committing the offence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy View Post
    A device with gave a warning when breaking the speed limit would be much more sensible and would negate the excuse that one was not aware of committing the offence.

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    My Z has one it is called "Wife" also the Coupe has one built into the on board computer that you can set for the speed you want to be bleeped at.
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    But would you want your car being controlled by a satellite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy View Post
    But would you want your car being controlled by a satellite?

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    As opposed to?............
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    You.....and your wife of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy View Post
    You.....and your wife of course.

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    Leave me out of it .... I just do as I am told so not much difference
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    I do not even like ABS. Apart from the fact that it is something else to go wrong (£1,600 to replace the full system) it reduces your control of the car. There may be times when you want to lock your wheels to stop faster, and in my day you were taught cadence and pulse braking as well as progressive. More skills and less technology is the answer and make everyone take an advanced test after say five years after passing the basic test.

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    teddy once the wheel is locked it looses its stopping power just as in a slide ABS prevents this so is a great asset to drivers that do not have your expertise. Would you really want to go back to the day of manual ign advance, crash G Boxes, manual steering ? I think not.
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    It has been proved Colin that in some circumstances you can stop faster with the wheels locked. The only downside is that you can not steer with locked front wheels. Thus it comes back to skills. If people where taught the different methods of baking and also to plan ahead properly they would not need ABS. My last two cars have suffered from rusty brake disks caused by under use despite the fact that I like to drive fast. I also like to slow down in good time.

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    Absolutely teddy it all comes back to skills and the average driver to day does not rate very highly but, whichever way you approach it the basics are: a. If you have locked your front wheels, you lose steering control
    b.The point of maximum deceleration is just before the point of wheel lock
    I never have rusty Discs as I have to brake three times before I hit the main road, I do remember the first E type Jaguar that had power assisted steering "Rack and Pinion" I thought wtf a complete waste of time. I have changed my attitude to these things now.
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    The steering on my old BMW was very heavy without assistance but that gave me more control, not less.

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