Watch where you are going

Monday, February 13, 2012 @ 12:02 PM
John

Sat Nav blunders ‘have caused up to 300,000 accidents’

Satellite navigation systems have been blamed for causing around 300,000 people to crash in Britain, a survey has found.
A further 1.5 million drivers admitted performing sudden manoeuvres or changing direction because they were following the devices’ directions, while five million said they had driven the wrong way down a one-way street.

A total of 14 million drivers – half of Britain’s driving population – now use satellite navigation in their cars to get them where they want to go.

But campaigners fear that the devices can often replace common sense and believe many users may be putting their lives in danger as a result.
One in five of the 2,000 motorists polled blamed the gadget for making them hesitate on a busy road and lose track of the traffic, while more than one in 50 said it had caused or nearly caused an accident.
Recent examples of sat nav blunders include the Syrian lorry driver transporting luxury cars from Turkey to Gibraltar who ended up in Skegness because his system was confused by the Rock’s status as part of the UK.

Meanwhile in Gillingham, Dorset, four actors from a touring theatre company had to be rescued from the roof of their pink Mercedes van after their sat nav directed them through a flooded ford.
Maggie Game of insurance giant Direct Line, which carried out the survey, warned: “If a satnav gives you an instruction that is likely to endanger other road users, ignore it.
“Motorists must realise that while they are a helpful navigation tool, they should not follow their instructions to the detriment of road safety.”

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Hilarious Accident Reports-all true

Sunday, January 22, 2012 @ 10:01 AM
John

Some of the explanations people give for how they got involved in an accident make for interesting reading. Here’s a selection:-

Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have!

The other car collided with mine without giving warning of its intent!

I was thrown from my car as it left the road, and was later found in a ditch, by some stray cows!!!

I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way.

In my attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.

I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.

I told the police I was not injured, but upon removing my hair, I found that I had a fractured skull.

I was sure the old fellow would never make it to the other side of the road when I struck him.

The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.

To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front, I struck the pedestrian.

The pedestrian had no idea which way to run, so I ran over him.

A truck backed through my windshield into my wife’s face.

I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law, and headed over the embankment

The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him

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How safe are your roads?

Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 01:01 PM
John

Just click here to access the data

http://t.co/zWTOtrbN

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Cruise Ship Disaster

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 @ 07:01 AM
John

Making headline news this week has been the sinking of the Costa Concordia.

This is shaping up to be the most expensive individual shipwreck in history where the situation has not been made worse by pollution clear up costs following leakage of fuel

When you combine the value of the ship, compensation for injuries and deaths and lost revenue from future cruises the total bill could well exceed £500 million.

It’s hard to see how the vessel might be salvaged and it is likely to be declared a total loss.

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