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Old 03-12-2018, 04:03 PM
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I'm not sure what year his car was. But it was around 30 degrees last friday night . Not a good idea . Too much HP for slippery roads in my opinion. https://www.channel3000.com/news/ill...-say/714335601
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The problem isn't HP, it's how it's used - or misused. I've driven my C7 in single digit temps many times and never wrecked or lost control.

The article doesn't say what year the Vette was or how much HP it had - or much of anything else.
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No seatbelt on! Might have made a difference!
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No seatbelt. partially ejected and head was decapitated. HP might or might not have caused it. Ice might or might not have caused it. No seatbelt definitely was the reason the guy was killed.

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I actually wrecked a car because I wasn't wearing a seatbelt.
I had unintentionally slid into a curb with the right rear wheel. The next thing that happened was momentum flung me into the passenger seat and couldn't drive the car because the steering wheel is on the drivers side. Ultimately I ended up careening over the curb on the other side of the road, chopping through a real estate sign and stopping in someone's front yard.
I would have maintained control had I been wearing a seat belt, because I would have been held in the drivers seat and in front of the steering wheel.
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Originally Posted by PatternDayTrader View Post
I actually wrecked a car because I wasn't wearing a seatbelt.
I had unintentionally slid into a curb with the right rear wheel. The next thing that happened was momentum flung me into the passenger seat and couldn't drive the car because the steering wheel is on the drivers side. Ultimately I ended up careening over the curb on the other side of the road, chopping through a real estate sign and stopping in someone's front yard.
I would have maintained control had I been wearing a seat belt, because I would have been held in the drivers seat and in front of the steering wheel.
My first car was a hand-me down 1965 Chevy Biscayne, 4 BBL 327 w/double hump heads, 3 on the tree and police and taxicab vinyl seats. The seats were slick as ice and durable enough to withstand anything a high school kid could spill, smear, drip or drop on them. I quickly learned that not having my seat belt on meant I would not stay behind the wheel on most any turn.

I lost track of how many clutches and transmission rebuilds I needed.

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why do people not wear seat-belts? I put on my seat belt like my clean set of underwear every morning. I wonder if those that don't wear seat-belts forget to put on their underwear on?

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It funny how times change. Once the majority smoked and now smoking is outlawed almost everywhere and smokers are scorned. When the gov't mandated seat belts and then passed laws to make it illegal to not wear them, probably a majority here called it taking away their individual rights and the car companies fought the installation tooth and nail. Now we feel naked if not buckled up.
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Doubt it had much to do with it being a Corvette. No seatbelt, what else was he doing or not doing to cause this.
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not a vette issue "stupid is as stupid does" RIP...
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Originally Posted by smajicek View Post
why do people not wear seat-belts? I put on my seat belt like my clean set of underwear every morning. I wonder if those that don't wear seat-belts forget to put on their underwear on?
Just think of all the crashes we’ve seen during Indy, NASCAR and Formula One races where drivers simply unbuckled their five point belt and walked away. After seeing that just once, how could you not fasten your seatbelt.
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Originally Posted by Steve_R View Post
The problem isn't HP, it's how it's used - or misused. I've driven my C7 in single digit temps many times and never wrecked or lost control.

The article doesn't say what year the Vette was or how much HP it had - or much of anything else.
Or even that it was a C7.
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I bet his first thought when the Corvette got away from him...I wish I had buckled up. A shitty way to go knowing it most likely could have easily been prevented. My uncle never wore his, and passed away 14 years ago due to a wreck that severed his aorta. Such a stupid reason to have to bury someone you love. I work with a guy that is no older than 25, 5 children, doesn't wear his and is constantly on his phone. Blows my mind.
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I have been in dozens of motorcycle accidents, that's what qualifies me to speak on this issue.
In addition to the fact that a seat belt keeps you in front of the steering wheel; if people only knew how hard you hit, even at say 20mph, no one, and I really mean no one, wouldn't wear a seat belt.

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Originally Posted by Walt White Coupe View Post
It funny how times change. Once the majority smoked and now smoking is outlawed almost everywhere and smokers are scorned. When the gov't mandated seat belts and then passed laws to make it illegal to not wear them, probably a majority here called it taking away their individual rights and the car companies fought the installation tooth and nail. Now we feel naked if not buckled up.
It's amazing a govt. mandate has saved so many lives over the years.
Now if they just outlaw tobacco...

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I work with a guy that is no older than 25, 5 children, doesn't wear his and is constantly on his phone. Blows my mind.
You can't fix stupid...
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Originally Posted by PatternDayTrader View Post
I have been in dozens of motorcycle accidents,.
I hope it's from racing. If you're crashing that often on the road I'd give it up if I were you.
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I hope it's from racing. If you're crashing that often on the road I'd give it up if I were you.
Correct.
Racing on a track with full safety gear and an ambulance onsite.
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Prayers for the family of the deceased. Doubt he planned his trip to end the way in which it did.

Life is short. Give thanks to the most high for every day. They are gifts as are our loved ones.
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Originally Posted by DINO84 View Post
I'm not sure what year his car was. But it was around 30 degrees last friday night . Not a good idea . Too much HP for slippery roads in my opinion. https://www.channel3000.com/news/ill...-say/714335601
Heaven only knows what caused this crash, because that article doesn't tell us, but for sure seat belts could have made the difference.

I've been wearing seatbelts since the late 50's.

My dad was an aeronautical engineer, and started having seatbelts installed since before I was born. He understood the importance of being belted in. We weren't allowed to not be. He would stop and do the rant " I guess you don't love yourself" if belts weren't fastened, or the doors weren't locked (he also understood the importance of that extra layer of protection during a crash).

In fact, it was so indoctrinated into us, that by the time I started driving, the warning that we would lose our driving privileges if caught not wearing a seatbelt was not really even necessary.
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Originally Posted by Walt White Coupe View Post
It funny how times change. Once the majority smoked and now smoking is outlawed almost everywhere and smokers are scorned. When the gov't mandated seat belts and then passed laws to make it illegal to not wear them, probably a majority here called it taking away their individual rights and the car companies fought the installation tooth and nail. Now we feel naked if not buckled up.
Au contraire (at least in my case). In 1965 I bought my first car and it didn't have seat belts. My first trip was to Western Auto where I bought a set and drove straight home to install them. They even matched my interior color. Of course I'd been autocrossing my father's car for a year and I was Navy aircrew so I knew the value of seat belts, but I never felt like it was an intrusion. Oh, and I never smoked (beer however,,,).
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