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So your just driving along......

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Zathrus, Jun 10, 2017.

  1. Zathrus

    Zathrus Vindicator Member

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    So your in an 18 wheeler, cruising down a state highway about 60mph (104 kph) and you see a car approaching
    from the left on a county highway... that has a stop sign.

    To your disbelief... this car never even slows down.....


    This is literally seeing someone's life briefly flash before your eyes... there really is no way to cut that any closer without folks dying.....
     
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    One thing that is interesting is folks on Youtube are exclaiming "OMG! this truck driver did not even try to miss him"

    This is folks who do not understand physics. You have roughly 60,000 plus pounds rolling down the highway at 60 to 65mph.
    By the time this truck driver realized that car was not going to stop at that stop sign, all he could do was take his foot of the throttle, start braking and hold on trying to keep it straight. The truck is going to continue on for the next few seconds not really reacting at all because he is chewing up momentum.

    A fully loaded semi is similar to a train in that even if the driver tries to "panic stop" it is going to take several 100 feet to stop. It took less than 1 second for the car to pass it's stop sign and cross the road in front of him. The truck would not even be decelerating in a detectable manner yet.

    In addition he dare not swerve, because if he gets the trailer going a different direction than his tractor it is all over.
     

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