Friday, July 16, 2010

I'll take, "How stupid people drive, for a thousand."

I knew what the real cause was long before all of the pissing and moaning came to the surface on this.

Cause: Stupid people who've grown lazy, unskilled and distracted while they need to pay attention to what they are doing.

The clincher, via WSJ;
"The U.S. Department of Transportation has analyzed dozens of data recorders from Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles involved in accidents blamed on sudden acceleration and found that at the time of the crashes, throttles were wide open and the brakes were not engaged,"

Quelle surprise.

Focus is key whilst behind the wheel.

My remedy; toss the automatic transmission entirely out of the automotive world. It's a big power hog anyway, and it only enables people who should be concentrating on the act of driving to divert their attention toward merely steering.

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Blogger BobG said...

I also have to wonder how many of those dumbasses were yapping on a cell phone when they got in accidents; celltards tend to react more slowly to sudden events.

9:08 AM  
Blogger theirritablearchitect said...

Can't argue with that one, sir, as it's been my experience too.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Tam said...

Other than minor pumping losses to the torque converter (which are more than made up for by its torque multiplication factor) a modern slushbox puts pretty much the exact same output to the tailshaft as a manual with an old-fashioned friction plate at the front.

(I used to think it was, too, BTW.)

Resist the urge to engineer human nature, there, comrade. When you've decreed that the New Socialist Man must shift a manual, and he continues to frustrate you by continuing to drive like an idiot, will you then call for a return to driver-operated spark advance?


9:27 AM  
Blogger theirritablearchitect said...

"...will you then call for a return to driver-operated spark advance?"

No, but I'm counting on two things:

A) the extra effort required by way of getting each limb on its appropriate control will be enough to convince him/her to stop trying to yap on the phone or, god forbid, text while driving, or...

B) be enough of a burden to make the act frustrating enough to give up driving (sic) altogether, so as to make the yapping/texting easier.

Oh, and that auto/manual ARE going to make me break out my physics books that have been gather dust for fifteen years. That whole thermodynamics thing was a LONG time ago, and I'm going to be relearning Greek, here, and...oh, nevermind.

10:21 AM  

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