gaw wrote:Here is a thought, if everyone drove a manual shift how hard would it be to stop if the accelerator stuck even in a panic situation? Even with an automatic, come on folks just bump the shifter into neutral. The manufacturers are trying to use electronics to take all skill and judgment out of driving, to almost make the car drive itself, but what do you do when all the electronic stuff malfunctions?
The crisis continues…
Gimme a break - the cop and his family killed in the Toyota had 52 seconds to make a 911 call but was *censored* stupid enough to not realize to a) turn off the ignition, b) slam on the brakes, or c) put it into neutral? Jeezuz Christ, that should have been drilled into him during Cop 101 training.
I don't know if Toyota has any logic in the ECM to roll back power if the driver stands on the brake pedal. I know my VW does - I can step on the brake and floor the accelerator and the rpm goes up to 1200 or so and just sits there. If my accelerator stuck, I'd just hit the brake pedal and stop. I also have a clutch, ignition, and gearshift to "save" me.
I had to do a lot of emergency training for my pilot license - engine-out, unusual attitudes, spins, stalls, etc. Maybe driver's ed cars should have a gas pedal on the instructor's side so the instructor can give the student a "stuck" pedal?? I also think driver's ed should teach actual skids and other emergency driving techniques as well as simple rules like staying out of the left lane unless you are passing.