you visited the PittRxMan page you noticed that one of my pet peeves is
people running stop signs! Well it goes deeper than that! I dislike bad
There are those that think a defensive driver's course is an imposition on their time. They have been driving for years and, by the grace of God, have not had an accident. In my humble opinion, this could be pure dumb luck!
For those of us who drive high performance vehicles or motorcycles it is even more important to take defensive driving courses or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Safety Course.
High performance vehicles tend to attract the attention of immature drivers who will roll along side and either verbally invite you to street race or play around along side of you when you are rolling in traffic and play stupid, childish games thereby allowing you no "zone of safety!". The last thing you need is a seventeen year old in a tricked out Honda Vtech playing games with you on the highway. They ruin your "zone of safety" and sometimes their testosterone levels are so high that they just won't leave you alone!
Motorcycles present a whole bunch of different problems. They are less visible to drivers. Most automobile drivers have no clue just how much coordination and skill it takes to operate a motorcycle. They also think that a motorcycle can stop on a dime. I think that driver's training should include a lot more information about the handling characteristics of motorcycles so that drivers of conventional vehicles will have more respect for the riders. Motorcycle riders should remember that it is "better to sweat than to bleed!" Wear the gear! Helmet, gloves, long sleeved protective jacket, long pants and boots. The rate of bone grind at 60 MPH is 1/2 inch per second! That's gotta hurt and it will leave a mark!
Some tips to stay alive:
DON'T SPEED! I takes a vehicle a hell of a lot longer to stop when it is going faster. The faster you go the longer it will take to bring your vehicle to a complete stop. Or simply put KE = (mass x velocity2)/2 or 1/2 mv2 ! Try that formula using a Lincoln Navigator vs. a Mazda Miata! Scary as hell!
DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE! There are some countries that will put you in jail for ANY amount of alcohol found in your blood stream. Certain prescription drugs can impair your reaction time and dull your senses. Please check all labeling and check with your pharmacist before climbing behind the wheel.
LOOSE THE AGGRESSIVE ATTITUDE! You do not own the road! Driving is a privilege and NOT A RIGHT! Driver's safety courses won't use this language but I will. Some people climb behind the wheel and they feel invincible! Bull shit! If you are one of those folks that get pissed off at others when you think they are making a mistake or driving too slow or whatever, YOU NEED AN ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT! Cursing, flipping off other drivers, threatening other drivers with violence only demonstrates your immaturity and clearly makes you in violation of the law and a menace to other drivers. This is not the United States of (substitute your last name here)! When you find yourself pounding the steering wheel and cursing other drivers you need to consider an anger management course as well as defensive driving! God help you if you encounter one of your own! You never know what kind of bad ass is in the other car or what he or she is carrying in the glove box or center console! I for one, carry a .45 Sig in the console of my SVT Lightning but I also have a license to carry issued by the State of Florida.
Just the other night I was driving in Brooksville, Fl at or slightly above, the posted speed limit in the rain. From behind me came a small pickup truck and the driver began to tailgate me then executed a dangerous pass where I had to apply the brakes to prevent HIM from having a head on collision. From the passenger side came a one fingered gesture which I recognized as a message signaling me his mental age, his IQ and his sperm count! I could have become angry but this driver and his passenger's blatant stupidity actually made me laugh. FYI, the pickup he was driving might be worth 500 bucks on a good day and I am positive that it would not pass a basic safety check.
A Lawyer versus a Sheriff's deputy!
Road Rage Steps
Step 1: Woman, 24 year old mother of two in Cincinnati, driving alone in a GrandAm, is following a woman driver in a VW. In front of them are several cars behind a truck going 35 mph. The GrandAm pulls into the left lane in order to pass and speeds up to 55 mph. Overtaking a line of vehicles is always risky. You must expect that other drivers in the line also want to break away, so don't speed up excessively.
Choice 1: Pull into the lane and increase speed moderately in case someone pulls out in front of you. Takes the skill of restraining yourself and accommodating others' movements.
Step 2: The VW suddenly pulls out into the left lane, in front of the GrandAm, going 20 mph slower and forcing the GrandAm driver to apply the brakes suddenly. This provocative maneuver suddenly creates a dangerous incident. Trial records show this was done deliberately to annoy the GrandAm driver for tailgating her. It's an aggressive act, in direct opposition to another driver already engaged in a lane change maneuver.
Choice 2: Avoid engaging in power struggles with other drivers. It takes the skill of backing down from a challenge, of being less competitive, and intending to facilitate rather than oppose what other drivers want to do.
Step 3: The VW gradually overtakes the slow truck, passes it, and pulls back into the right lane. This is a proper maneuver, but doesn't by itself defuse the power struggle that is in progress.
Choice 3: Be prepared to pacify hurt feelings. It takes tools of self regulation to remain calm in the face of a potential backlash. You can predict that the other driver will likely retaliate your provocative move.
Step 4: The GrandAm, still in the left lane, now overtakes the VW, honks several times, makes obscene gestures, and flashes her lights as signs of outrage ("to let her know that she almost caused an accident just then"). One of the worst things a driver can do is openly duel with another driver. She uses all of the behaviors known to be acts of war on the road.
Choice 4: Retain self control by refusing to fan the flames of your righteous indignation. Resist the temptation to teach other drivers a lesson. Valuing motorists as fellow human beings gives you the inner power to resist the impulse to retaliate.
Step 5: The VW driver responds by flipping the bird and shaking her head. The worst thing to do in a road rage power struggle is to continue the duel. By not defusing the situation, she is irresistibly drawn into the duel.
Choice 5: Use every opportunity to "come out swinging positive" by appearing to be calm, like you're no longer taking a fighting stance. It takes the skills of switching to a non confrontational posture, and of rationally predicting the consequences of road rage.
Step 6: The GrandAm now tries to pull ahead in the left lane in order to re-enter the right lane, but the VW accelerates, blocking the way. The die is cast for a tragedy, with both drivers locking themselves into a pathological game.
Choice 6: Desist. Recognize that you are in an insane power struggle that you instantly need to back out of. This takes self witnessing to help you realize how far gone you are in your emotional hijacking.
Step 7: The GrandAm slows down and pulls in behind the VW and now keeps up the pressure by tailgating dangerously. Having no choice, she's forced to back off momentarily, but hasn't calmed down. She escalates the fight.
Choice 7: Use a lull in the fight to calm down and pacify the other driver by not appearing hostile. You need to train yourself to be able to back out of a fight by practicing "an attitude of latitude" or forgiveness.
Step 8: Now the GrandAm suddenly pulls out into the left lane again, overtakes and cuts off the VW, then gives her a "brake job," slamming on the brakes to punish the VW driver behind her. She uses her experience as a driver to wage war. She's no longer just getting even. She started out by getting upset that the VW driver almost caused an accident, but then ended up herself creating a major battle.
Choice 8: Realize that the law of escalation exacts tragedy. This takes an overhaul of the aggressive driver's personality and driving philosophy.
Step 9: The VW driver applies her brakes suddenly and they lock, causing her to veer sideways to the right where she hits truck parked on the shoulder. She is thrown from the car, taken to the hospital where she recovers from surgery, but she was pregnant and her unborn child dies. She started out nearly causing a crash by pulling out in front of the GrandAm. Instead of pacifying the driver, she flipped her the bird, and ended up losing her baby.
Choice 9: It's too late to do anything. It's gone too far!
Step 10: The GrandAm driver continues
her trip to the office where she told her supervisor that she'd been in
an accident, that "the other driver had it coming" and that "she wasn't
going to take shit from no one." Later, she was arrested and charged with
vehicular homicide for causing the death of an unborn child.
Not only did she have no remorse, but she was proud of what she did, and bragged about it. This came back to haunt her when it was brought out at the trial through the testimony of her supervisor.
Choice 10: She needs a complete driving personality make-over, which will take years, and will involve examining and changing her self image, her ego relationship to cars, her values about human rights, her anger management, and her caring about fellow human beings.
Watch this video first!
My thanks to www.thinkridesafety.gov.uk!!!
why did I ask you to read this? The first reason is the fact that I know
the driver who did not stop and I just happened to be there when she was
arrested for leaving the scene of an accident there two people collided
with here car and were killed instantly! The second reason I the fact that
I am a motorcyclist!
NEVER LEAVE THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT NO MATTER WHAT YOUR REASONING! VERONICA NOW FACES 7 T0 15 YEARS IN PRISON! Even though her passengers urged her to remain in place she ran! I saw her after the accident and it was like nothing had happened. She went to a girl friend and asked her if she could help "fix her car!" I have no clue as to what she was feeling at the time but her action was cold and inhuman. Sorry Veronica but you screwed up and now the law will make you pay.
Witnesses say that if she had stayed at the accident scene NOTHING would have happened because the bike hit her car while it was stopped and, as it was later determined, speeding!
Husband dies, wife critically hurt in crash on cycle
Both were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital following the collision with a commercial truck at an intersection.
By DUANE BOURNE, Times Staff Writer
Published June 8, 2005
SPRING HILL - A 58-year-old
Spring Hill man was killed and his wife critically injured Tuesday when
their motorcycle collided with a truck, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Mary Prokosch, 60, was riding behind her husband as they rode west on Elgin Boulevard around 10:45 a.m. when the accident occurred. Both were flown to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where Douglas Prokosch died of his injuries. Mary Prokosch, who lived with her husband on Landover Boulevard, was listed in critical condition Tuesday, said hospital spokesman Will Darnell.
Tuesday's accident was the 10th traffic related fatality on Hernando County roads this year, according to Highway Patrol Trooper Larry Coggins.
As the couple rode west on Elgin Boulevard on their Yamaha Road Star motorcycle, Carl Croon, 42, of Clearwater and his passenger were driving south on Sterling Hills Boulevard and had stopped at the intersection with Elgin Boulevard, an accident report said.
Croon said he looked in both directions before driving across the four lane road. Croon and his passenger, who was not identified in the Highway Patrol report, had been working for Comfort Zone Portables of Florida at the Sterling Hill subdivision, which is under construction.
According to the report, Croon's white Dodge drove into the path of the Prokoschs' motorcycle, sending it onto its left side.
"I didn't see anything," said a visibly shaken Croon. His wife, Patty, consoled him at the scene of the crash. "There was nobody there when I pulled out," he said.
Working nearby were three laborers who said they only heard the commotion of squealing tires and metal and saw the riders fall.
"When I turned around I saw the motorcycle slide, and the guy fell on the street," said Joe Gutierrez, 29, who was laying sod on Elgin Boulevard about 200 feet away.
Gutierrez said after the crash, both Croon and his passenger leaped from their work truck and tried to help the victims.
When emergency personnel arrived, they found the motorcycle on top of Douglas Prokosch; his wife was lying in the intersection. Sneakers and other personal belongings were strewn along the southern shoulder of Elgin Boulevard.
No charges were filed. The investigation is ongoing.
"I didn't see anything." This response is all too common when this type of accident occurs. Because a motorcycle creates a small profile and most drivers brains are not conditioned to spot them. They LOOK but do not SEE a motorcycle because their brains are only prepared to see a CAR or a TRUCK on the road. Motorcycles just do not register! Combine that with the fact that most CAR and TRUCK drivers do not have a clue as to the coordination that it takes to drive a motorcycle and they have never been taught the handling characteristics of a motorcycle. More education on motorcycle awareness needs to be incorporated in the driver's license program!!!!
Driver accused of hitting pedestrian
Highway Patrol troopers say the driver tried to talk the man out of calling authorities and then left the drugstore parking lot.
By DUANE BOURNE, Times Staff Writer
Published December 21, 2004
HILL - The Florida Highway Patrol arrested a 33-year-old Spring Hill man
they say backed into a pedestrian in a parking lot and took off when the
man said he was calling authorities.
The pedestrian, Scott Tyree, was walking across the parking lot of Walgreens about 2:10 p.m. Saturday when a white Chevrolet, driven by Jerry Ingle, backed out of a parking space and struck him, an arrest report said. The drugstore is at 13053 Cortez Blvd.
After he was knocked into a parked car, Tyree pounded on the car to get the driver's attention. When the car stopped, Ingle got out and asked Tyree why he wasn't paying attention to where he was walking, the report said.
According to the report, Ingle tried to talk Tyree out of calling for help and filing an accident report. But after Tyree told him he was going inside the drugstore to call law enforcement, Ingle took off in the Chevrolet.
Tyree was then taken to a local hospital, where his condition was not available Monday.
Four hours later, a trooper tracked down Ingle at his home on Stillwater Avenue by using state motor vehicle records. Ingle was taken into custody and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, a third degree felony. He was also cited with improper backing.
Ingle was released from the Hernando County Jail on Sunday after posting $5,000 bail, records show.
The AAA paid for this billboard!
Somebody needs to back off
this type of enforcement! Yes, going over the posted limit is against the
law and is dangerous
Estimates are that over 115,000 speeding tickets are written every day in the United States! It's a multi-billion dollar influx of funds. Did you know that insurance companies often underwrite the cost of expensive radar and laser guns and GIVE THEM to troopers? Why do you think they do that? I can assure you it isn't from the goodness of their hearts. Look at what happens to your insurance premiums after that speeding ticket! The increase in premium stays for three years. Just 2 tickets with that laser gun that the insurance company graciously donated to law enforcement pays for the gun! All of the rest of the tickets issued with the gun are gravy!
Don't watch your DVD player while driving near trees!
This is what's left of former Steelers offensive lineman Justin Stzelczyk's pick up truck after he led police on a 40 minute chase before crashing head-on into a tanker truck at more than 90 MPH. He apparently had a mental breakdown shortly before his rampage. Sadly, he was killed.
OK so you were feeling a little kind (or stupid) that
night and let your 18 year old drive your
Lambo! He showed off to his friends. Now how do both you and the kid feel?
Built Ford Tough!
Score Trees = 1 Ford Super Duty = 0
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