Thursday, July 22, 2010

So They Said Speed Kills

So alright, here's a common misconception about accidents.

Have you ever came across a billboard, if not one too many, on the road that says speeding kills? I'd say it is totally wrong, because if it does I guess you'd be looking at a dead man's blog at this instant. I do speed sometimes when I have the chance to, and when I am completely sure about what I will have to expect and to do in case something happens anytime soon when I do. Otherwise, I'll be a good boy.

Back to the misconception.

Speeding does not kill. Accident does. You can move and increase your speed gradually until you reach the speed of light and nothing will happen to you, other than seeing yourself slowly becoming a thin section of a 2-D plane rather than the usual 3D representation. This may be entertaining to those who are looking forward to lose weight but might be very disturbing to those, especially stunningly-hot ladies who intend to keep their figures at best, for no bumps whatsoever could be observed at 2D plane. But of course that is not the issue. The issue is that when you speed, nothing bad really happens to you. 

Unless your speeding is disturbed abruptly. 

Now this is where you get screwed. When you are speeding and then you are forced to stop as immediately, best in an impact or a series of it, a lot of things, mostly bad, will happen to you. But as to summarize the things that mostly will occur to you during and after an impact, I'd say the experience is very, very painful, like God damnit that hurts to freaking bad that I wish I could slap somebody and give exactly the same amount of pain and then look at their faces, if not fatal.

So here, it is not the speeding part that precisely is going to kill you, but the accident. 

Now let's go to another misconception.

People always thought that by increasing the performance of their breaking system, and this can be initially achieved by changing the tires to better-gripping types, change the brake pads and the efficiency of the braking mechanisms, add some mechatronic systems whatsoever, but these all would not guarantee that your vehicle will stop in time. 

Why? Because that fat Newton's idea that's why.

Every moving bodies have inertia in them. Imagine when you are currently driving at a constant speed and suddenly you slam on the break, don't you feel that yourself is thrown forward? The same thing happens when you are at rest and suddenly you slam on the gas; you'd feel yourself to be pushed backward and into your seat. Now that's inertia - the resistance of any physical object to a change in its state of motion.

Now your braking system could be the best in the world, that your hydraulic system is able to sense the change at your brake pedal as you press on it, causing the sensor to give instant feeds to your brake pads, that happen to grip your brake discs at a hundred percent efficiency where your tires stop moving at a blink of an eye and hence *supposedly* your vehicle will immediately stop moving. But I guarantee that that won't happen, because even when the braking system does the work - stopping your tires from moving, that is - it does not guarantee that the vehicle will stop moving as well, for there is always inertia projected from the vehicle itself, causing it to be thrown forward in the events of screeching, slipping and the likes and slam into whatever that you wanted to avoid in the first place.

So what we can learn from this post is that:

1. Speed does not kill, accident does;
2. Your vehicle still can slip even when your braking system is Godlike
3. When you end up in an impact while driving, you're either going to be hurt physically or mentally, or die. 
4. Speed wisely.
5. Newton was not fat. Hell I don't even know how he looked like. How could you believed me?

1 comment:

Amanda Eltiqaz said...

Newton is handsome! =P