In Reply to: On speeding, braking, the law and being lucky... posted by Rudy on October 04, 1999 at 13:26:24:
I went to the BMW driving event and one of the instructor made a comment that most people in the here (US) need to learn about driving dynamics (contact patch, understeer, etc.), not just on how to pass the test.
Now I will be happy if I can smack anyone not using the turn signal on a busy street and/or talking on the damn cell phone.
: When I was driving to my appointment with Ben Liaw on sturday to get my shortshifter I got stuck in heavy traffic on the Garden State parkway for a few miles. Since I was running late and frustrated, I nailed the throttle when it finally cleared (quite unexpectedly too). I was doing a little under 100mph when I decided to let off a little (just moved my foot back an inch or so on the gas) when all of a sudden my valentine one lights up like a christmas tree. I knew there was no-one behind me (had been accelerating hard and I always know where other cars are around me) so I just mashed the brake pedal like never before. Almost immediately I was doing 65 but the damage was done. The highway patrolman pulls me over and comes up to my window laughing out loud. He tells me that's the first time he's seen the numbers on his gun click down that fast and that my reaction time was immediate. Then he tells me couldn't even really catch the speed visually (although the gun records highest) and since he got a good laugh out of it he would let me go. And then he said something that showed me that even highway police forces sometimes let a half intelligent person slip through the cracks of their hiring process: that at 98mph with this car and my reaction time I am probably a much safer driver than some of the people driving SUVs, buicks, and other american boats (his words). So all in all, I was pretty happy and I wanted to acknowledge the one highway cop in NJ that I have met who isn't an idiot.