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Re: Beware of SUVs!!!! (archive)

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Posted by Waterside (formerly Long Distance) on November 23, 1999 at 09:56:23:

In Reply to: Beware of SUVs!!!! posted by Rudy on November 22, 1999 at 20:20:41:

: I am sick of SUVitis, the disease that causes SUV owners to think that they can thwart the laws of physics because they have four wheel drive trucks.

Ford marketing did an amazing job, didn't it?

Today has been a very wet day, not quite raining but drizzling all day. The roads have been quite slick especially with all the fallen leaves.

Funny how so many people don't realize this is about the most slippery the road surface will be (neglecting icy conditions) due to all the contaminants that haven't been washed away.

He waits for the group of cars to pass and decides to go for it in front of the Saab and I. The second I see his four wheels spin, I knew there was no way we could stop in time. I was completely incredulous, how could this guy think this was a good idea?

The key word here is think - something the driver didn't do.

Anyway, I didn't even really brake, there was no one in either of the left (opposite direction) lanes so I swung out into the very far left lane, leaving the one to the right of that for the Saab.

A level-headed driver that doesn't panic. We need more of these in this country - me might just end up with fewer accidents!

She kept saying "I have four wheel drive I thought I could make it!" She had a little girl in her car (front passenger seat) who had been burned by the airbag and cut on her face.

I'm certainly glad this wasn't MY wife or daughter. She actually decided to take a chance with her child in the car (in the front seat to boot)??????

And I still don't know why the Saab guy just didn't steer around her. Driver's education is really lacking in this country.

Yes - it is. It seems that new drivers are taught that hitting the brake is *always* the first thing you should do. No mention is ever made about actually trying to actively avoid an accident - just hit the brake and "the sun will sine".

The funny thing is that so many cars come with ABS now but almost nobody knows how to use them. One of the key positives to ABS is that it allows you to steer while maintaining maximum braking. Yet what do 90% of drivers do when faced with a situation similar to above? Slam on the brake and freeze - no attempts to steer around/away from a collision.

A form of performance driving school should be a requirement for a license. I'm not talking about racing school or even autocrossing but there are plenty of classes that teach drivers what their cars can do and give them experience in emergency situations - something sorely needed.

Inability to drive is the reason we have highway deaths, speed is just another one of the many contributing factors but really isn't the cause.

You hit the nail squarely on the head and I couldn't agree more. Drivers are people and they WILL make mistakes. These mistakes do NOT need to become accidents yet so many do only because people don't know how to drive (really drive) their cars. Driving is more than pushing two pedals and turning a wheel. . .

(Oh - and 4-wheel drive doesn't help to you STOP any better!)

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