Safety

Motorcycle Safety: Think! Don’t ride too fast

Posted in Best of, Educational, News, People, Politics, Safety, Television, Traffic, Videos by MrAngry | July 12th, 2013 | 1 Response |

Motorcycle Safety

When I first moved to California I was taken by surprise at the number of motorcycles that lane split. Now granted, it is legal to do that out here, but generally it’s to be done as a way of alleviating traffic and should be done safely. The majority of riders though seem to throw caution to the wind and simply run through traffic at highway speeds. This is not only dangerous, but irresponsible as well. A new ad for Transport for London (TfL) is aimed at giving riders a unique perspective as to the consequences of being overzealous on the throttle during traffic. It’s not subtle, but it does get the message across.

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Flying bicycles? This could be bad!

Posted in Best of, General, News, Safety, Science, Videos by MrAngry | June 19th, 2013 | Leave a Reply |

Flying Bicycles

Back in the 1950’s the general public believed that by the year 2000 we’d be moving around in flying cars. Thankfully this never materialized as I have a feeling that the death toll amongst inept drivers/pilots would be through the roof. What about flying bicycles though? For most of us the idea seems absurd, but there are those who believe there is merit to these contraptions. With the advent of light and powerful electric motors, making this happen could actually become a reality. The question though is – should it?

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Now THIS is a Fire Truck!

Posted in Best of, General, News, Safety, Television, Videos by MrAngry | January 4th, 2012 | 2 Responses |

Isuzu Fire Truck

You risk your life on a daily basis, you’re constantly putting your well-being in front of those you don’t know, and at days end you don’t make a helluva lotta’ money. This is the life of a Firefighter and for the men and women who choose this profession well, let’s just say I take my hat off to them. I doubt however that most people understand that being a Firefighter incorporates around ten jobs in one. For instance in some cases you’re an EMT, in others you’re rescue swimmer and yet in others, you’re a u-boat commander. Don’t believe me, well that’s exactly what happened to these Firefighters as they crossed a section of flooded roadway down in Melbourne, Australia in their trusty Isuzu rig. Now while most people would have been stopped dead in their tracks, these guys simply rumble through without any hesitation at all. Hell, they’ve even got the windshield wipers going!

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Greatest Launch Control Ever!

Posted in auto industry, Best of, Car Tech, General, News, Safety, Videos by MrAngry | January 2nd, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

Launch Control Traction Control

For all-wheel drive cars with high-horsepower engines launch control is a thing of beauty. Simply put one foot on the brake, rev the engine to about 5,000 rpm, let go of the brake and let the computers and traction-control do the rest. It actually works quite flawlessly and for streetcars like the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 Turbo, launch control is what enables them to shoot out of the hole like shot through a gun. Street cars aren’t the only vehicles to employ this technology. Race and rally cars use it as well, however when they engage the system it’s far more exciting then your everyday driver. Click through to see what I’m talking about.

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TAC Campaign – 20 year Anniversary: Just Watch It.

Posted in Best of, Educational, General, News, Safety, Videos by MrAngry | December 14th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

TAC Campaign

Drinking, eating and partying. Three things that make an appearance during the holiday season. In moderation they’re all well and good, but over indulge in anyone of them and you could be in for a rough time. This video was done by the Transport and Accident Commission of Victoria, Australia, and even though it may be a buzz kill for some of you, we posted it because it’s the best one of it’s kind. In fact we posted it last year, and the year before that because some people out there simply need to see it. It’s not fun and it’s not exciting, but it is something you will remember after watching it, which is why it has over 13-million hits on Youtube. We also wanted to post this on random day and not right before the festivities begin because let’s face it, by that time, you probably wouldn’t care anyway. So, from all of us here at Ridelust.com, have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

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VW, Audi Recall 2.0 Liter TDI Models For Fuel Leak

Posted in auto industry, News, Newsworthy, Recalls, Safety, Volkswagen by Kurt Ernst | October 7th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

VW's 2010 TDI Cup Street Edition Jetta. Image: Volkswagen

Volkswagen and Audi are recalling certain models equipped with the 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel engine to repair a potentially leaking high pressure fuel line. Affected by the recall are some 168,275 models, including: Read More…

Britain Looks At Raising Speed Limit

Posted in driving, News, Politics, Safety by Kurt Ernst | October 4th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

Image: Flickr user Alan Cleaver

Today, the fastest speed you can legally travel on a highway in the United Kingdom is 70 miles per our. Like our own 55 mile per hour speed limit (or our current 70 mph speed limits), the number is considered by most drivers to be a suggestion, not an absolute. Reflecting this, Britain’s Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, has announced his intention to raise the UK’s maximum speed limit to 80 miles per hour, beginning in 2013. Read More…

Tomorrow’s Breathalyzer May Read Your Fingerprint

Posted in Car Tech, General, News, Police, Politics, Safety by Kurt Ernst | September 29th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

TruTouch's current fingertip BAC detector.

Imagine having to scan your fingerprint before you can start your car, to determine if your blood-alcohol content (BAC) is within legal limits. Automotive suppliers Takata and TruTouch have just received a $2.25 million grant from the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS) to further development of a system that would do just that. In the not-too-distant future, the technology could be voluntarily implemented on new cars, or mandated for use by those previously convicted of drunk driving. Read More…

A Sad Ending to a Beautiful Classic

Posted in Best of, Dodge, Domestic Rides, News, Rides, Safety by MrAngry | September 15th, 2011 | 8 Responses |

1969 Dodge Charger Crash

Driving around in a classic car has its privileges. First there are the stares and comments and two, there is a feeling of great satisfaction when rolling around in a piece of history. When it comes to safety though, you simply can’t compare something that was build in the 1950’s or 1960’s to a modern day automobile. You see technology is a wonderful thing and over the last 50 years the safety innovations that have gone into cars is mind blowing. Advanced computers have the ability to monitor every aspect of a cars operating system and can actually tailor them to the owners driving style. On the safety front engineers have devised ways of making the inner cabin a venerable safety cage that protects occupants from harm in the event of a crash by using technology that was unthinkable only 20 years ago.
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Honda To Recall 311,000 Model Year 2010-2011 Pilot SUVs

Posted in auto industry, Honda, News, Recalls, Safety by Kurt Ernst | September 13th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

The 2011 Honda Pilot Touring. Image: Honda Motors

Honda is recalling nearly 311,000 Pilot SUVs built between March 13, 2008 and August 30, 2011, as the stitching on the seat belt anchor webbing may be missing or incomplete. In the event of a crash, the seatbelt may detach from the anchor webbing, leading to an increased risk of injury. Two accidents resulting in seat belt failures have been reported to date, but it’s not known if there were any resulting injuries. Read More…