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Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby Yota6M » Sat May 31, 2014 10:03 am

http://www.wptv.com/news/state/train-smashes-into-maitland-florida-car-on-tracks-video

Woman bought a new car, stick, but made two mistakes:

1. Stopped on the tracks
2. Was not very good at driving a stick

This bad press won't be good for anyone considering a stick!

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Re: Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby Rope-Pusher » Sat May 31, 2014 11:03 am

A man is home alone when he hears a knock at the door.
Answering the door, he finds a somber-faced policeman.
The officer asks him if he is married and the man replies, "Yes I am."
He then asks him if he has a recent picture of his wife. "Sure hold on a second."
The officer looks at the picture, and in a sad voice says, "I'm sorry, but it looks like your wife has been hit by a train."
The man says, "I know, but she has a good personality and is an excellent cook."
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Re: Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby six » Sat May 31, 2014 2:59 pm

Hope she had accident forgiveness from Allstate.
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Re: Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby DrJerryrigger » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:52 pm

Florida person; gets on the news for being extra stupid...yup, always amusing.

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Re: Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby Squint » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:10 am

Stopping or going too slowly over railroad tracks is one of my pet peeves about people driving around here. They don't often actually stop, but usually they slow down and crawl over them at idle/close to idle. I guess they are thinking it is going to be bumpy/hurt their suspension or something... but you need to cross them at a speed where if your car died it would continue to roll until you were clear of the tracks.

At least in my area, you can cross the majority of crossings at 20 mph with just a normal-ish bump, nothing major.
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Re: Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby theholycow » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:18 pm

People are so scared of even the smallest bumps. Road construction signs should say "no bump, just smooth" wherever there's a bump. It would be much less painful. Railroad tracks, everyone should definitely carry plenty of inertia.

Me, I see "speed bumps" as meaning I should speed the hell over them so instead of bouncing all over the place I just have a quick, painless "thumpthump". If I'm behind someone else I'll stop ahead of time, wait for them to clear, get a running start, then brake after going over the speed bump. I really hate drawn-out drama on bumps of all sorts.

I guess if you have painted-on ultra low profile tires you might need to slow down, but I prefer to get to my destination sooner and have less expensive, more comfortable rubber on my cars.
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Re: Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby Squint » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:34 pm

There are a few random speed bumps/humps (yes, they call them speed humps :lol: ) around town that merit slowing down. There is a park that I frequent (play soccer/walk/cycle there) not too far from my apartment that has some SERIOUS speed bumps and then a bump of ignorable ones. The first/last two bumps going either direction on the road through the park are ones where you HAVE to slow down to 5-10 mph or you will involuntarily be picking up everything you had in the car from the floor. All the rest can be cruised over at 20-25 (speed limit of that road, I think) with no issues at all.
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Re: Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby theholycow » Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:39 pm

Yeah, speed humps in roads you generally have to go the limit over, but I'm generally already not exceeding the limit...people come to a stop and crawl. 5-10 for a standard old-fashioned parking lot speed bump is a little slower than I go though.
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Re: Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby DrJerryrigger » Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:14 pm

theholycow wrote:
Me, I see "speed bumps" as meaning I should speed the hell over them so instead of bouncing all over the place I just have a quick, painless "thumpthump". If I'm behind someone else I'll stop ahead of time, wait for them to clear, get a running start, then brake after going over the speed bump.

Yup, further proof you learned to drive in RI.

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Re: Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby theholycow » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:38 pm

DrJerryrigger wrote:Yup, further proof you learned to drive in RI.

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Actually I and my dad seem to be the only ones who do that.
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Re: Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby DrJerryrigger » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:09 pm

theholycow wrote:
DrJerryrigger wrote:Yup, further proof you learned to drive in RI.

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Actually I and my dad seem to be the only ones who do that.

Seems like 50%+ people did it at the whole foods/ Petco plaza on north main st in Providence, at least when I lived there a decade ago.

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Re: Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby DrJerryrigger » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:22 pm

Really people were driving normal parking lot speed, then full on floored it just before the bump.
Seems like a lot of people in that state drive: flooring it, holding speed, or slaming on the brakes. Nothing in between even when it's snowing. I think that's the time in my life I grew a phobia of not being the driver when ever traveling.

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Re: Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby DrJerryrigger » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:28 pm

Maybe my stoned friends were not the best representative of RI driving.

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Re: Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby kevinf » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:14 pm

Saw a burgundy Nissan Versa slow down behind another car at a stoplight... then lurch forward and hit its rear bumper and roll back. Then lurch forward and hit the car in front of it a second time after a few moments had passed. Walk over to find an elderly woman in the Nissan with a 5 speed. Guess she was learning :lol:

There wasn't any damage to either car and the woman that got hit was very understanding. :)

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Re: Woman New to Driving Stick Gets Hit by Train

Postby tankinbeans » Mon Jun 02, 2014 9:21 pm

Most people in Minnesota try to veer around speed bumps.
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