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Turkey Vultures
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2005 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
No no, definitely not. But he said "win", not "survive". Maybe it was just the WAY he said it, that rubbed me so wrong. But I got the clear feeling that his goal was to make sure that he could smoosh any vehicle he happened to hit -- that's why I pointed out that I thought it best if there were no losers.

He drives one of those huuuge trucks, like a Ford 250 or something.
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: November 18th, 2005 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
What's funny is you're more likely to get hurt in some of those big vehicles in a collision because, as "trucks," they have less stringent safety requirements. Take a look at the crash test ratings and photos on trucks and SUVs vs. compact and mid-sized cars. You'd be surprised.

renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 18th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's really good to know, not to mention a bit of a relief. (:

Thanks for the transcription! Well done.
- the girl who doesn't know how to end phone posts gracefully
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: November 18th, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heehee... it was fun. For some reason I always imagined your voice at around that pitch but with a different timbre... more like Molly Ringwald or something.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: November 18th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's undoubtedly true, but you can't argue these things rationally.
It's actually very safe to ride bicycles in traffic if you're doing it right, and statistics back that up, but you couldn't pay most people enough money to even try it.
bwittig From: bwittig Date: November 18th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just think it's best if there aren't any losers," I told him.

I like the way you put that. Got to remember that line for the next time I hear that kind of brag about someone's truck.

By the way, the crash tests have been showing that the "big is safer, small car drivers will lose" idea is no longer true. It was true back in the 80's and maybe 90's, but since then the relative safety of small vehicles has improved to that of the large vehicles.

Plus, a lower vehicle has a lower center of gravity and has less tendency to roll over.
asyatka From: asyatka Date: November 18th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Plus, a lower vehicle has a lower center of gravity and has less tendency to roll over.

I got this impression too. I had to drive a huge Chevy Blazer recently (my car was in service), and each time I made a turn, I was afraid it was going to tip over. My car seems to be more stable then a truck. (Maybe it is the matter of habit, though).
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