eh? Well I always thought unmarked B roads where 60mph... what is the speed
I'll take a pic of the area tomorrow, you can see where they widened it. If
I wasn't driving with due care and attention I would of hit the kid.
Yes I stated he was chasseing a ball his brother had kicked (if I can be
arsed to take a pic tomorrow you can see the slope, the kid couldn't of
stopped). I was on my way back home from collage, the primary school bus is
always around the same time I come back, give or take 5 mins so I have to be
careful of a few areas where the kids linger (especially in the summer)
before going indoors after the bus has dropped them off. I always
consciously cover the brake when I pass them, now more than ever.
Lucky bastard missed out on some broken bones by about 2 ft and just got
clear before I screeched past! I kept looking back expecting him to be
holding his arm or something where I had caught him but the stupid little
ass and his brother where jumping up and down pointing at the skid marks, in
the middle of the road...
I didn't have time to think about it really, I suppose the instant
adrenaline rush made it worse! I just saw the kid and stabbed the brakes
with everything I could muster, i'm just glad I didn't hit the accelerator
like that poor bloke that is going to trail atm... ruined the kids families
life and his.
No excuse. Proper braking is a habit. Even in a panic. When you feel the
wheels lock you back off slightly and stop them sliding. You brake much
much shorter that way. Try it on a quiet road one night. You'll be
shocked. Of course with abs you can just bury your foot. You really need
to go on some sort of driving course mate. I did one when I was 18 and it
has saved my arse more times than I can recall.
It takes a very cool, calculated mind to be able to cadence brake when it
looks like somebody's life is about to be smeared over your bonnet. Yeah,
I've cadence brakes on the approach to a corner where I've screwed up, or in
the ice, but under these circumstances it's only been me or the car that's
been in direct danger.
I genuinely don't believe I could cadence brake in circumstances like the
above, when it's "close onboard kiddie pass" material.
I ticked the ABS option when looking for a used Ka. He can cadence brake
much better than I.
Apparently on date Wed, 07 Sep 2005 15:56:17 GMT, "DervMan"
If you practice it, it becomes instinctive. And I don't mean cadence braking
myself, I mean steady braking where the weight transfer shifts you to and fro
over the maximum grip point.
But you're right, ABS solves all these questions nicely, just stomp and let it
do its stuff...
IMHO this is the only way, practice 'til it becomes subconcious.
As much as I hate to admit it, the ABS on my Mondeo saved me from mucho
aggro with insurance and replacing the car, when my concentration wandered
and the car in front did an emergency stop *blushes*..
No shit. They should be mandatory. A day in the skid pan should be part of
the drivers licence requirements. You'd learn more about handling a car on
the limit in that day than 3 years on the road.
Exactly. It's all very well talking about driver training, making it
instinct and all that, but it's all just pie in the sky newsgroup
speculation which has no relevance to your average driver because they
just haven't been trained to act that way.
It may well be the way they *should* react, but it's not going to be the
way they *do* react.
I've done it under pressure. If you do it enough and practice now and again
it becomes a habit. Habits are what you fall back on under pressure. ABS
is good but crappy on gravel. I have a switch on my WRX so I can switch it
off. Not that I ever do.
I think it's a good idea. I've never heard a bad thing said about the MX-5
barring hairdresser comments. And you got plenty of them with the MR2. And
you can always turbo it or put a 13b rotary in it at a later date. ; )
I suggested it mate.
Old ones are cheap as chips, and while the 1.8 has more go, the 1.6 is
supposed to be smoother.
Mazda make good engines, that is why there versions of Ford cars
generally look, run, sound better, but sell cheaper on the used market.
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