hit in the passenger door. The one rear ended by the Bonneville was a
regular 4 door with a truck and a fairly new model as well. The truck was
laying on the other side of the highway and was one of the parts they threw
on the truck after they drug the rest of the car on. Highway was shut down
the whole time so I had nothing else to do but sit there and watch.
in more single vehicle accidents (going off the road) and the death rate
is high. Generally they corner poorly and have little crush zone.
Now that there are so many large SUVs, about 50% around here, they are
frequently crashing into one another. The results are terrible, all are
One of the advantages of keeping my oldie Concord is the fairly large
crush zones at each end. It's that crush zone that absorbs the crash and
saves the occupants. A stiff block of steel is no protection when
hitting a solid object such as a tree or lamp post.
The nuts driving many of these large SUVs often follow far too close.
When I can't let them ahead I usually leave more room in front of me so
there is enough stopping space for both of is.
If the road is quite curved and dry pavement I sometimes gradually speed
up on each curve to the left and quickly shake them off. My they often
hate that, because I've seen them almost lose it on the curves trying to
keep on my bumper, which is quite impossible given my car's terrific
Eventually when they catch and pass on a straight I have a laugh as they
often shake their fist at me; for leading them astray I assume.
I love it too when they fly around and pull into a low ceiling garage
entrance and the whole top roof and windshield gets smashed in. All because
they are speeding like mainiacs thinking they are behind the wheel of a
sports car and not paying attention because either they are on their cell
phones or to busy with unruly kids who need to be dropped off at soccer
Alas American do not want to buy small cars. If they did more small cars
would be sold and the small cars that are available would not be getting
bigger with every model change. There are plenty of small cars offered by
the imports and domestics but even the greatest growth in Toyota total
sales, over the past five years, has been in SUVs and trucks not cars. Look
at Honda they have tried to make a 'truck' out of the Accord in an effort to
get some of the growing truck revenue ;)
Check out the Pontiac Vibe, or the Toyora Matrix (same car) I have one
and it is the best car I've owned. It's classified as a wagon, but looks
sportier that a typical wagon. It's based on the Toyota Corolla, so it
has a good pedigree.
Matrix hold a full sized spare, a definite requirement for my long
distance driving in sometimes remote country on slippery and snowy
roads. The Corolla sedan does appear to have wheel well room for a full
If the longer Corolla was produced as a wagon, that may do it.
By the way if your suggestions did meet my needs I'd definitely not buy
the Vibe. Better chance to get proper maintenance at the Toyota dealer,
than at a GM dealer where there are limited staff knowledgeable on
There are many, many knuckleheads out there who are in serious need of
having their cell phones forcibly rammed up their asses. Yesterday, at
the post office (I just needed stamps), a young lady was at the only
open window, shipping about 5 items to 5 different addresses. The
stupid bitch postal clerk, instead of telling the lady to pack her own
items over on the table off to the side so she can help other customers,
was actually helping the lady pack the items! 5 items. The postal
clerk was wrapping the stuff in bubble wrap, putting peanut pack in the
box, and taping boxes, the whole bit. Then the young lady's cell phone
rings, and she actually answers it! She's gabbing on the cell phone
while the postal clerk is wrapping HER stuff! I was livid. I rudely
told the clerk to get me a book of stamps and that this isn't a full
service "pack and ship" place like Mail Boxes, etc.. I was pissed. The
clerk actually said to me: "well she was here first!" So I said, "yeah,
but she should wrap her own items!" All the while, the lady was still
gabbing on the cell phone (rude bitch). Time to grease up the cell
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