Near Miss this morning

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by co_prius_3, Oct 9, 2014.

  1. Robert Holt

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    I think you are on the right track. The total frontal area of a Prius is smaller than average and the streamlined shape does not give sharp corners for the "corner detectors" in the optical system to cue in on. If I still had my lab, we could use some car models and quickly set up some standard visual detection tasks to check on this. I have same problems in an old Miata which also has a small frontal area and smooth curves in its outline, so the result would not just be useful to Prius drivers.
    Anyone know of research on this issue?
     
  2. KennyGS

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    It was likely someone who wasn't paying the necessary attention while driving. I saw someone do this two cars ahead of me the other day. Fortunately, (like you) the other driver was able to avoid the careless driver.

    As a long-time motorcycle rider, I've managed to stay out of nasty incidents by always paying attention, anticipating and preparing for these types of scenarios. I carry over this same strategy while operating an automobile.

    I live by the old adage for motorcycle riders, "ride like you're invisible."
     
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    This SUV (I believe it was a vw tiguan) tried very hard to overtake me today on the road. However, every stop light, I caught up to him and we ended up side by side for the next 15 min in the same direction. The only difference is that my car used probably a 1/5 of the amount of gas he used.
     
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    I had one just like it yesterday and I was driving a 2014 Avalon Hybrid XLE Touring. It is just the idiot drivers on the road nowadays, not the car you are driving.
     
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    In addition to how it's hard to judge closing speed, the longer someone waits to turn left the more anxious they become and the more likely they are to take a risk based on existing research. Check out the book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) by Tom Vanderbilt. It's an excellent book.
     
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    That's one negative of the hyper mile technique of leaving a generous gap in front: sometimes that oncoming left turner is thinking "should I stay or should I go...". And sometimes mull it over, and go when it's almost too late.
     
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    I think you're right. This is what I experience most.
     
  8. TonyPSchaefer

    TonyPSchaefer Your Friendly Moderator
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    Yes. It is.
     
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