Don't blame the brakes from yesteryear for the idiot that is not paying
ABS does not solve inattentiveness, and a moron on the phone is likely to
scratch the bumper regardless of him having ABS or not.
About 20 years ago I lightly touched the rear of an Orion on the M1 after I
was distracted by a warning light (low petrol!) despite ABS*. I was so
embarrased I paid for it myself rather than claim on the insurance. Mostly
light clusters on his and IIC a bumper insert, but a whole load of headlamp
wipers etc. on mine.
A couple years ago, I was rear-ended by a woman who had ABS. She did not
actually apply her foot to the brake when approaching the red light,
and the vehicles that were stopped at the red light were in her way. If
the brake pedal is never pressed, ABS is not effective.
The woman in question was applying her makeup in the rear view mirror
and smeared it badly during the accident. She refused to come out of
the vehicle for the police officer until she had removed all of her
smeared makeup, put new foundation on, and completely made-up again.
I gather she probably did not fare well in court.
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
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