I'm speechless.... floods.

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I'm speechless.... floods.

Post by qprdude » 26 Dec 2013, 23:46

Anyone surprised by the video footage of drivers driving straight into floodwater without even slowing down? Any opinions on their abilities?
Cars, vans, motorbikes , all guilty. Couldn't believe that these are qualified drivers. [-X

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Re: I'm speechless.... floods.

Post by Northern_Mike » 27 Dec 2013, 00:06

qprdude wrote:Anyone surprised by the video footage of drivers driving straight into floodwater without even slowing down? Any opinions on their abilities? [-X
I have some opinions, but the forum has a expletive remover and moderators, so it's pointless me posting them.

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Re: I'm speechless.... floods.

Post by CitroJim » 27 Dec 2013, 08:24

It is no different to seeing how people these days deal (or manage not to) with snow...

I despair sometimes... Common sense and a willingness to learn and hone skills these days seems to be in very short supply...

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I'm speechless.... floods.

Post by addo » 27 Dec 2013, 09:42

It'd be very easy to design a looped data logger of water level and vehicle speed that overwrote like a dash cam, mount in a tamperproof housing and make keeping it functional a part of your insurance contract. Then the gronks would have insurance claims denied.

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Re: I'm speechless.... floods.

Post by citronut » 27 Dec 2013, 09:57

i think driving ability ( or the lack of ) is seen/shown every day, or should i say in every second driver you come up against in day to day driving,

probably why manufactures/designers are working towards driver less cars

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Post by CitroJim » 27 Dec 2013, 10:55

addo wrote:It'd be very easy to design a looped data logger of water level and vehicle speed that overwrote like a dash cam, mount in a tamperproof housing and make keeping it functional a part of your insurance contract. Then the gronks would have insurance claims denied.
I'm sure it would but why go to the trouble when humans intrinsically have a very good brain which is easily capable of the necessary reasoning...

It could be that modern humans have become so reliant on technology to do all their thinking for them that lies at the root of this problem...

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Post by Xantidote » 27 Dec 2013, 11:04

CitroJim wrote:humans intrinsically have a very good brain
Problem is, they don't put brain into gear before getting into the car :roll: :(

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Post by addo » 27 Dec 2013, 11:08

There's a growing case for compulsory sterilisation.

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Post by CitroJim » 27 Dec 2013, 14:40

Xantidote wrote:
CitroJim wrote:humans intrinsically have a very good brain
Problem is, they don't put brain into gear before getting into the car :roll: :(
That's true Martin :(
addo wrote:There's a growing case for compulsory sterilisation.
That's a bit harsh Adam...

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Post by Northern_Mike » 27 Dec 2013, 15:18

addo wrote:There's a growing case for compulsory sterilisation.

Germany 1942 is that way ----->> hold on tight and set your watches back 70 years!

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Post by CitroJim » 27 Dec 2013, 18:35

Northern_Mike wrote:
addo wrote:There's a growing case for compulsory sterilisation.

Germany 1942 is that way ----->> hold on tight and set your watches back 70 years!

Set your watches much earlier than that... 1895 and Sir Francis Galton, half-brother of Charles Darwin was one of the originators. It wasn't a German thing at all. British actually.

This article may be of interest and explains it quite well...

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Post by addo » 27 Dec 2013, 19:40

Once you've passed your parenting tests and paid the surgical fee up-front, the process could be reversed. Not that different to a driving licence/car ownership in many ways.

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Re: I'm speechless.... floods.

Post by citronut » 27 Dec 2013, 20:39

Xantidote wrote:
CitroJim wrote:humans intrinsically have a very good brain
Problem is, they don't put brain into gear before getting into the car :roll: :(
you can get by in life on common sense alone, but would be completely up the what sit on brains alone

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Re: I'm speechless.... floods.

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 27 Dec 2013, 20:44

I had to drive through floods on Tuesday. I watched a Transit truck go ahead of me (too fast, I thought, but he made it), and watched the water level on his rear wheels. I then went through so slowly the speedo hardly moved off the pin. The second flood was deeper, but I did the same trick. Went round a corner, and the policeman keeping the road closed was surprised to see me (as were the drivers of half-a-dozen cars who were phoning for help). I explained there wasn't anybody on the other side keeping it closed, and that I drove so slowly the bow wave was barely a ripple.

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Post by Northern_Mike » 27 Dec 2013, 21:56

You probably know the ford near Hurst James, that is on the lane up to Charvil. A couple of years ago, my wife ended up following the sat-nav up there and came to the ford. Apparently there aren't many fords in Colombia... she called me and said "the bl00dy sat-nav wants me to drive across the river!".. so, she had the sense to stop, pull over, and ask what to do. She didn't head blindly into it. I told her to look at the river, look at the depth board , it was ok, so she drove through.

It amazes me that some of the people I see round here, especially on the roads south of Twyford down to Wokingham and WSL, which flood regularly go so fast on them when they're flooded. Sandford Lane is another. That's so bad they close it. Last time it was closed, they'd only put the sign at one end, and I drove down it, very slowly, in an MX5. Twas like being in a boat, as I had the roof down too :-) April 2012 I think.