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    Default SP Crazy Driving Stories/Behavior?

    Just curious to hear some other people's stories as to things they've done/do, and I figure SP's are pretty likely to be the ones to do...um, "abnormal" things.

    I'll start off with some of my own:

    1. Traffic in my area backs up about 15-20 minutes on this one main road, there happens to be an old path (was removed from maps in the 60s)/utility line that runs more directly, and you technically aren't supposed to drive on.... It's a combination of rutted gravel, and dirt, and has a river crossing (but the river only 5 or 6 inches deep unless there's been a big storm). Anyway, *someone* cut the chains blocking access to it, and now I sleep 20 minutes later in the morning before school. People always look shocked to see a Mazda Tribute popping out of the woods spitting gravel and dripping water.

    2. A multi-car accident is happening in front of me on the highway, in a snowstorm. Instead of hitting the brakes, I accelerate it, shocking (and scaring to death) my girlfriend. The reasoning? I saw where a gap was going to be in the sliding/crashing cars (when cars have no grip, and you spend far too long a day in a physics class, you eventually learn how stuff moves), and wanted to make sure I'd make it through. If I braked, I figured I'd just get hit because people were following too closely.

    3. Not exactly driving, but hey...while riding a bike, going about 30 miles an hour down a big hill, the rear brake fails. (at the bottom of said hill is a 4 lane highway). I see a driveway I can go down and onto a lawn......then nail the front brake, and flip the bike, somehow rolling with just a cut on my arm, as the bike proceeds to continue flipping until it hits a tree at the edge of the lawn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by millerm277 View Post
    1. Traffic in my area backs up about 15-20 minutes on this one main road, there happens to be an old path (was removed from maps in the 60s)/utility line that runs more directly, and you technically aren't supposed to drive on.... It's a combination of rutted gravel, and dirt, and has a river crossing (but the river only 5 or 6 inches deep unless there's been a big storm). Anyway, *someone* cut the chains blocking access to it, and now I sleep 20 minutes later in the morning before school. People always look shocked to see a Mazda Tribute popping out of the woods spitting gravel and dripping water.
    Fun.

    2. A multi-car accident is happening in front of me on the highway, in a snowstorm. Instead of hitting the brakes, I accelerate it, shocking (and scaring to death) my girlfriend. The reasoning? I saw where a gap was going to be in the sliding/crashing cars (when cars have no grip, and you spend far too long a day in a physics class, you eventually learn how stuff moves), and wanted to make sure I'd make it through. If I braked, I figured I'd just get hit because people were following too closely.
    Fun. I always think using the accelerator is an important part of defensive driving. I don't know why people think otherwise, except that they use the brake as the "comfort pedal".

    I was coming up on a turn in the snow and I realized that I couldn't brake in time to make the turn (well...I was just screwing around really) so decided to try out a "scandinavian flick". It wasn't really a WRC racing moment, but I understood the physics behind it. Steer opposite and then into the turn, induce more oversteer than understeer (but a little of both) and ease off and on the throttle (rear drive car) to pull out of turn. Clean!

    Some lady shoveling snow gave me the finger.

    3. Not exactly driving, but hey...while riding a bike, going about 30 miles an hour down a big hill, the rear brake fails. (at the bottom of said hill is a 4 lane highway). I see a driveway I can go down and onto a lawn......then nail the front brake, and flip the bike, somehow rolling with just a cut on my arm, as the bike proceeds to continue flipping until it hits a tree at the edge of the lawn.
    Just use the front brake all the time. I mountain bike and use my front brake as my main brake 80% of the time... It works better. Lean back. The rear brake is useful in some turns, but I use it much less than the front.


    Oh, and read this if you like physics and want to be a better biker:
    Countersteering - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Don't know how much it'll bend til it breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post
    Just use the front brake all the time. I mountain bike and use my front brake as my main brake 80% of the time... It works better. Lean back. The rear brake is useful in some turns, but I use it much less than the front.

    Oh, and read this if you like physics and want to be a better biker:
    Countersteering - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Oh, definitely. I happen to be a mountain biker myself, and I've done some bike tours (Burlington, VT to Boston, MA in 2 weeks, with a hike up Mt. Washington and overnight stay at the AMC hut in it as well). I just told the interesting part of the story. Backstory is: It wasn't my bike, it was a friend's bike that I was borrowing so we could get somewhere (I was 15). Me being the idiot I am, didn't check the brakes ahead of time, rear brake turned out not to work, and the front brake setup was rusted and messed up so that it only was either off, or locked in position, so I quickly figured out after having tried to just slow down my speed leaning way back and still almost having a crash, that I was screwed, and worked with what I had. I decided to opt for the flip, as I'm decent enough at parkour-y stuff (more accurately, I know how to roll on landing), and the other option of trying again and potentially unexpectedly crashing onto hard pavement, wasn't so appealing as the "intentional" flip on something less likely to remove all of my skin. I learned to check equipment more carefully before using it after that little adventure.
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    Started racing cars as a teenager and will always love the thrill and adrenaline.

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    Others would disagree, but I think I drive pretty good. If I cut you off dont worry, my truck is in the process of downshifting so I can put an adequate distance between us, safety first you know.

    I am a lot better at driving then I used to be, oh and I drive alot more PC these days and follow the laws, or atleast dont break them to much.

    Quote Originally Posted by ESTPgirl View Post
    Started racing cars as a teenager and will always love the thrill and adrenaline.
    I have street raced a time or two, but its really to dangerous. You tend to focus on the car your racing way to much instead of actually getting from point A to point B the fastest. Any focus towards to the other car is taken from the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poki View Post
    I have street raced a time or two, but its really to dangerous. You tend to focus on the car your racing way to much instead of actually getting from point A to point B the fastest. Any focus towards to the other car is taken from the road.
    I take it to the track. Burying friends is enough reason to refrain from the temptation, as I don't want to make my friends bury me.

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    I was in an accident once, my buddy driving on an open highway at about 180 km/h. 4 buddies in the car he kept paying attention to the radio instead of the road. Some car came near him he quickly jerked the wheel the car lost control into a ditch to the left of us. We rolled about 4 times, the car ended up flat upside down as we had to crawl out of the broken windows. My side was dented in completely i landed on my head and received a concussion with staples to stitch up the wound. Luckily it was a 1980 something marcedes benz the car was engineered like a cage so it wouldn't impact on itself upside down.

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    Idk if I have any driving stories, but I get shit like this written on my Facebook wall:

    "Likewise! Although I must say your driving had me a little white-knuckled... "

    I like to drive fast and I like to accelerate hard, but I tend to avoid excessive maneuvering. I drive a Jeep Liberty and I'm not keen on flipping this top heavy POS. It is nice in regards to the amount of abuse the suspension can take though!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Quote Originally Posted by millerm277 View Post
    Oh, definitely. I happen to be a mountain biker myself, and I've done some bike tours (Burlington, VT to Boston, MA in 2 weeks, with a hike up Mt. Washington and overnight stay at the AMC hut in it as well). I just told the interesting part of the story. Backstory is: It wasn't my bike, it was a friend's bike that I was borrowing so we could get somewhere (I was 15). Me being the idiot I am, didn't check the brakes ahead of time, rear brake turned out not to work, and the front brake setup was rusted and messed up so that it only was either off, or locked in position, so I quickly figured out after having tried to just slow down my speed leaning way back and still almost having a crash, that I was screwed, and worked with what I had. I decided to opt for the flip, as I'm decent enough at parkour-y stuff (more accurately, I know how to roll on landing), and the other option of trying again and potentially unexpectedly crashing onto hard pavement, wasn't so appealing as the "intentional" flip on something less likely to remove all of my skin. I learned to check equipment more carefully before using it after that little adventure.
    Oh sweet. And knowing how to roll on the landing is super useful for MTB, because then you don't break your collar bone doing what is instinctive: sticking your arms straight out to brace yourself on a fall.

    Quote Originally Posted by jixmixfix View Post
    I was in an accident once, my buddy driving on an open highway at about 180 km/h. 4 buddies in the car he kept paying attention to the radio instead of the road. Some car came near him he quickly jerked the wheel the car lost control into a ditch to the left of us. We rolled about 4 times, the car ended up flat upside down as we had to crawl out of the broken windows. My side was dented in completely i landed on my head and received a concussion with staples to stitch up the wound. Luckily it was a 1980 something marcedes benz the car was engineered like a cage so it wouldn't impact on itself upside down.
    Bummer.


    But to really describe it best, the way I drive can be described as "aggressive soccer mom." I'm not a jerk driver, I just move quick.
    Don't know how much it'll bend til it breaks.

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    Crazy driving story eh?

    I was riding to the mall with a friend on the interstate, when the car up ahead put on
    brakes, and my friend was worrying because their brakes sucked at the moment.

    I told them to speed up instead, which they resisted...so I took my left foot and stomped
    on their foot to force the pedal down.

    We hit the car that was breaking faster than it was moving and bounced off.

    Not a scratch to be found on either car, we all drove on after stopping to check it out.

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