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Blind people say hybrid cars pose safety risk

By DanLM ·
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21112810/

This is not a troll post on my part. This is one of those things that you would never think about until it happens. The hydrids when running on battery power make no noise. Blind people rely on their sense of sound to detect their environment. They can't hear them.

There is even a comment from a lady with 20/20 vision who said that she didn't realize the car was running until she almst was touched by it. They are just that quiet.

The blind are not asking for costly changes, just have the vehciles make a little noise so that they can be detected. Like a humming or something shouldn't be intrusive??

Of course you have twits that could care less if people get hit because the vehicle can not be detected. They want their peace and quiet. Hope a hydrid runs them over and they never hear it comeing.

I just found this an intresting article and wanted to share.

Dan

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Stick playing cards in the spokes.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Blind people say hybrid c ...

No, wait; that's bicycles.

There are companies that sell "sunroof" decals so your car can look like it has a sunroof when it really doesn't. There were companies that made fake cell phones so you could walk around with an empty case to your head and look important. There are undergarments with padding to enhance the front or back, if you know what I mean. There are companies that make lots of money making exhaust system components to actually make your gasoline engine sound louder, although I don't know why; it's very difficult to sneak your girlfriend in late when her father can hear you coming six blocks away.

I'm sure it won't be long before somebody comes up with a gizmo to make your hybrid sound like it's got a V-10 under the hood. The pimper's will be all over it.

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Dumb kids like loud

by jdclyde In reply to Stick playing cards in th ...

Doesn't matter if it is a car or a harley, the mentally challenged have always thought if it is louder, it seems like it is going faster.

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Hey, I dont think I am dumb

by The Scummy One In reply to Dumb kids like loud

I put a stage 2 exhaust on my truck. This was done right after the throttle body spacer and Air Raid air intake system.
But it wasnt done to increase the noise level (although it does sound louder).

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Enlighten the ignorant, please.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Hey, I dont think I am du ...

If it wasn't done to increase the volume, what was your purpose? From my back porch on a cool fall evening, the benefits of this aren't obvious.

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I did it to help my truck breathe better

by The Scummy One In reply to Enlighten the ignorant, p ...

the extra noise is a side effect. However, it really is not that much louder than the stock pipe, unless the RPM's rise above 3,000. This does not happen all that much.
I know someone with a stage 1 in his RAM truck, and Charger. Both are much louder, even at idle.

Oops, what is with me and numbers recently. I have a stage 3 because I didnt want it to be too loud. I was looking at stage 2 but I didnt want to annoy my neighbors. I just wanted better flow of air/exhaust

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There is another use for the fake cell phone

by LocoLobo In reply to Stick playing cards in th ...

I had one from Walgreens filled with cheap candy. While driving down a side street in my neighborhood there were 2 men trying to mug a 12-14 yr old kid. I stopped my car picked up my "cell phone" and pretended to make a call. Meantime other vehicles backed up behind me, started honking. When the 2 men looked up and saw 4 vehicles stopped in the middle of the street watching they took off.

I know, if I were a real man I would have got out of my car and said, "HEY! STOP!". So I'm a chicken. The kid didn't wait around either so I have no idea what was goin on.

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I don't know what you mean.

by Absolutely In reply to Stick playing cards in th ...

There are companies that sell "sunroof" decals so your car can look like it has a sunroof when it really doesn't.

How can a decal make the roof to which it's applied transparent?

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Do you mean you're genuinely surprised

by drowningnotwaving In reply to I don't know what you mea ...

at how easy it is to fool the general public? :0 :)

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Not my point, actually.

by Absolutely In reply to Do you mean you're genuin ...

I'm going to wait and see if Palmetto gets my little joke before I explain it. I think it's very funny, but P might disagree.

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You ever listen to "Car Talk"?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Not my point, actually.

This is an actual product. The guys were reading the FAQ from the manufacturer's web site:

Q: Do I have to cut a hole in my roof?
A: This is a decal. It gives the appearance of a sunroof. It is not an actual sunroof.

Q: What tools do I need?
A: Water, scissors, and a squeegee. This is a decal. It gives the appearance of a sunroof. It is not an actual sunroof.

Q: How do match the sunroof paint with my car?
A: This is a decal. It gives the appearance of a sunroof. It is not an actual sunroof. The center is transparent and allows the existing roof color to show through.

You get the idea.

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