Sunday, September 23, 2012

Important Safety Tip...

If you are following me so closely that I cannot see your car's HOOD, I doubt you will be able to stop in time if there were to be an emergency stop. And trust me on this one, your Malibu will lose a collision with my class IV receiver hitch. You'll be pulling it out of your engine block if I happen to see a SQUIRREL crossing the street. There's a reason we're supposed to follow at a safe distance - and why there's a traffic citation for tailgating.

Or you could take your chances smashing into the three ton pickup truck - but physics do not lie, and you will lose...

That is all.

15 comments:

Bruce H. said...

I'm proud of you for resisting the temptation.

"Well, Officer, I saw a tumbleweed blow across the road and thought it was a little kid, so I threw the anchor out."

Mr.B said...

Yup.

It is tempting to stop when those situations occur. The issue with the Dodge trucks is that if you nosedive the thing, they'll likely miss yer bumper and hitch and slam into the axle. So you end up losing your truck because of frame and axle damage.

Don't ask me how I know.... The officer was a professional driver and supposedly knew what he was doing following that closely.

John Anderson said...

While my incident was more like JayG's and not MrB's, the damage to my Dodge RAM 2500 was greatly mitigated by the fact that my hitch was more like the top one than the bottom one [http://hostedmedia.reimanpub.com/TFH/Projects/FH12MAR_BALMOU_01.JPG] so when I did nosedive (car in front of me slammed on his brakes), the high school student behind me (changing discs on the CD player) didn't even see my brake lights and my hitch punched through his radiator and cracked the engine block. Nothing came near my axles.

Lokidude said...

This, Jay. 100x this. I've had folks tuck in so close behind me that I literally cannot see them for my tailgate. Folks, I drive a 3 ton truck with steel bumpers and a Class IV hitch. Your Fiesta will lose. I can pretty much guarantee it.

Lokidude said...

This, Jay. 100x this. I've had folks tuck in so close behind me that I literally cannot see them for my tailgate. Folks, I drive a 3 ton truck with steel bumpers and a Class IV hitch. Your Fiesta will lose. I can pretty much guarantee it.

JD Rush said...

I had that happen with my 95 2500 Ram. I stopped at a stop sign. Digbat in the Explorer behind me thought I was going to pull out in front of traffic and banged into me. I got out, looked at the thrashed front end of her Exploder. Looked at my 10", 10k lb rated drop bumper, thanked her for straightening it back to vertical (don't ask, it pulled some big stuff) and asked if she wanted to report it. (no) I got her plates, called the insurance company, never heard anything about it.

Larry said...

My '62 C10 has been rearended 3x at the same intersection. All 3 times the truck drove away and the car had to be towed.

Mass. Can't beat it.

Brad_in_MA said...

With regard to objects in motion, Sir Isaac Newton will not be denied.

Brad

Old NFO said...

Law of gross tonnage applies too! :-)

Mr.B said...

John? I got the same type of hitch.

But if you nosedive the truck properly (I was just trying to get his attention), a car can make it under the receiver and do all sorts of mayhem.

Mine is 51/2 drop.

You really don't want to do that with an 03 2500. The diesel engine weighs more than most cars today....

Roger said...

I've always thought that mounting our friend Ma Deuce in the bed of a truck with a hydraulically operated tailgate would be worthy.
Taigaters would have the option of backing off or talking with Ma Deuce.
A you tube video of the entire event would be quite worthy also.
:-^

Roger

Mr.B said...

Flares. Rearward firing.

And, of course, twin 20's up front. Regulated for, say 50 yards.

Cormac said...

A citation, you say?
Since when!?

I would love to see cops stop speed-trapping, and start GETTING DANGEROUS DRIVERS OFF THE DAMN ROAD!!!

I actually called the chief of police here in Arlington, TX last year to thank him for his hard work and congratulate him on bringing the city's crime rate to zero...how else could all those patrol pigs have the slack-time to fiddle with their radars on the side of the road.
(If I remember correctly, there were two home invasions and a murder the night that I called...)

Ed said...

Here in Florida the latest speed detection equipment determines the speed and the time interval between vehicles:

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/video?clipId=7743621&autoStart=true

Ruth said...

See, I have the opposite problem. Having driven tiny cars most my life (Civics usually) I get pissed as hell when the big truck sits on my bumper when I'm already going 10 over the speed limit. Cause I have some pretty decent reflexes and if I stomp on my brakes there's no way that big ass truck is going to stop before my bumper....