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    How do you stop a car with a jammed accelerator?

    BBC News - How do you stop a car with a jammed accelerator?

    Ignore the article and go read the comments, there are some that deserve a Darwin award and some that make you think people panic over nothing waaaayyyy to much!!

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    If it's a choice between a zebra crossing full of people, an oncoming car or a wall, pick the wall.
    Suppose it depends who's on the crossing, or who's in the other car...

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    Clutch and brake. If it's auto, brake brake brake! I know on some cars the ECU overrides the throttle position and cuts power when the brake is applied too (my Audi did). Switching off the ignition is a good way of engaging the steering lock and dying rapidly. As you say, some very daft comments on there, but it is HYS.

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    Lol, I don't even drive and I know what to do. The wheels are only powered because it is in gear - getting it out of gear means no power to the wheels. It is simple mechanics!!

    But then, we all know how people's minds work - the world is coming to an end when their PC isn't working, because they don't check it is plugged in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Clutch and brake. If it's auto, brake brake brake!
    And put it in Neutral.

    It amazes me the amount of bad info that these stories produce.

    I remember about year back watchdog bleeting about handbrakes on Vectras. At no point did they suggest leaving the car in gear (which is a fundamental basic that everyone should understand).

    EDIT: But then I'm quite oppinionated, I for instance think the automatic test should only be offered to people who can't drive a manual car for medical reason. Learning to drive a manual gives you a much better unstanding of power and how cars actualy work.

    Most people if not offered the choice of the auto test would go on to learn to drive a manual. The few who can't manage it should probably not be driving anyway.
    Last edited by K.C.Leblanc; 5th February 2010 at 10:38 AM.

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    If it's a choice between a zebra crossing full of people, an oncoming car or a wall, pick the wall.
    Ye because the non defformable object will be the best option!

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    I liked the comment from the guy in the mini, saying how he had 6 people in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHR1S View Post
    Ye because the non defformable object will be the best option!
    In terms of number of people likely to be killed, yes it is...

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    Looking at some of those comments makes you realise just how stupid some people are.

    Example:

    I was gently accelerating away from a roundabout when my accelerator became stuck and the car continued to gain speed despite no pressure on the pedal. The car very quickly accelerated to speeds above 70 mph which was an extremely frightening experience for myself, I managed to use the clutch and take the car out of gear but unfortunately lost control at this point and crashed into the central reservation after the car spinning across the dual carriageway.
    70mph. I don't think some people realise how long it takes to get to 70. My car isn't slow, but it still takes ten seconds to get to sixty. His Yaris probably wasn't doing 70 until after a good twenty seconds. If you can't figure out how to reduce power to the wheels in that timeframe then you shouldn't be on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    I liked the comment from the guy in the mini, saying how he had 6 people in it.

    Ben
    I don't know if that's actually possible...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fafster View Post
    Looking at some of those comments makes you realise just how stupid some people are.

    Example:

    I was gently accelerating away from a roundabout when my accelerator became stuck and the car continued to gain speed despite no pressure on the pedal. The car very quickly accelerated to speeds above 70 mph which was an extremely frightening experience for myself, I managed to use the clutch and take the car out of gear but unfortunately lost control at this point and crashed into the central reservation after the car spinning across the dual carriageway.
    70mph. I don't think some people realise how long it takes to get to 70. My car isn't slow, but it still takes ten seconds to get to sixty. His Yaris probably wasn't doing 70 until after a good twenty seconds. If you can't figure out how to reduce power to the wheels in that timeframe then you shouldn't be on the road.

    Assuming its an auto, because if it was a manual they would have to change gear, and that would make them even more of an idiot!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fafster View Post
    I don't know if that's actually possible...
    Pah, 6? That's nothing! Malaysian Students Set Record For Most People in a MINI Cooper - egmCarTech

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    Alternatively just don't have car mats! I don't have them in my Aygo

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Lol, I don't even drive and I know what to do. The wheels are only powered because it is in gear - getting it out of gear means no power to the wheels. It is simple mechanics!!

    But then, we all know how people's minds work - the world is coming to an end when their PC isn't working, because they don't check it is plugged in...
    What about if you just hold the clutch all the way down to the floor and brake and if need be put it in neutral then you can apply the hand brake after the car has stopped and is at a stand still and then sort out why the accelerator is to the floor ( obviously you would have to try and pull over somewhere safe not in the middle of a motor way or road or w/e ) but as per the comments use the clutch to give you a bit of motion so you can pull over.
    Last edited by mac_shinobi; 5th February 2010 at 10:57 AM.

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    Remove foot from accelerator, it's not needed anymore.
    Use knee to control steering wheel, this frees hands up.
    Use hands to search through pockets for Mobile phone.
    Call IT Helpdesk as car has a computer in it so it's their problem.

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