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Old 03-09-2012, 02:05 PM   #1
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Bad scene, I guess that's why they call it Denton.
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Old 03-09-2012, 02:39 PM   #3
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Seems a lot of people think that if they speed up they can get out of the rain quicker. At least that's what it seems like around here.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:33 PM   #4
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I have found that in the rain, if you leave enough room to safley stop that monster we drive, that some nut will cut in front of you probably thinking your a fine fellow for leaving him room and for some reason they slow down in front of you.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:47 PM   #6
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OOOH! That can't be good. I always try to leave plenty of room between me and the next guy but there's always that somebody that has to close that gap by just filling that void. They have no consideration for these rigs but I bet they would if 26000# piled on top of them.
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Old 03-09-2012, 03:50 PM   #7
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I have found that in the rain, if you leave enough room to safley stop that monster we drive, that some nut will cut in front of you probably thinking your a fine fellow for leaving him room and for some reason they slow down in front of you.
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:58 PM   #8
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When I took Driver's ed the proper answer to the question of "how much distance between cars" was 20 feet (one car lenght) for every 10 mph.

These days they have an easier answer.. 2 seconds (the amount of distance you travel in 2 seconds) for cars on dry pavement, 3 or more for larger vehicles or wet / other than dry pavement / roads.

For 25+ Years I sent folks out to people who did not understand that (or perhaps could not count to 2) I recall one day the Sgt. took me to lunch, 7 accidents later (none involving us) we got back to the dispatch center... The next time he took me out to lunch I glanced at the speedometer and it was pushing 100, I said "In a hurry to get us back before we come across any more accidnets? he said "yes" I said "too late, there's one on the other side, call it in and ask for a tow truck. (I'd just spotted another injury accident).

The last 11 or so we had a video system, originally 12 but later over 150 cameras all remotly controlled and yes, we had the control pads.. I'd watch (As I often had done on break) the cars going down the freeway and by the simple "One thousand one" method count the seconds between them. Normally I did not get past One thousand one, Often I did not get all the way through "thousand" .

My wife and daughter both follow the 1-second spacing.

I run 3 and my wife complains about how closly I follow.
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Not only for safety, leave enough space so your passengers can relax too! Ever ride with someone who tailgates in a 30,000lb vehicle? Leave space, relax, let everyone enjoy the ride, forget about the boneheads driving like...well boneheads!
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Old 03-09-2012, 07:01 PM   #10
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Part of a 9 car pile up near Denton, Texas.

Billboard pointed in wrong direction (top pic)? Hope no one was injured.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:26 PM   #11
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I agree with the 2 second rule , but in the rain I go to 4 seconds. I learned that from a good friend who drove a bus. At 4 seconds my wife still complains.
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Don't forget to add into the distance or time equation...driver's reaction time...which almost always increases with age. Not trying to be age bashing...just being realistic based on what happens to us all as we grow older...we get slower to react
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If I ever cut in front of a MH or 18 wheeler, I do it when I can accelerate enough to give them most of their space back. I just don't understand why people can't get it into their thick heads that 12+ tons is slow to take off and slow to stop.
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I agree with the 2 second rule , but in the rain I go to 4 seconds. I learned that from a good friend who drove a bus. At 4 seconds my wife still complains.
You need to forget the 2 sec, 3 sec, 4 sec rule. I go by "yes dear" rule. Easier on the nerves (mine) that way.
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