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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:37 pm

Today I came the closest I've ever come to hitting someone with my Leaf. I was leaving a large parking lot at the local library (which borders a soccer field and community center), driving about 12 - 15 mph along a wide lane that led to the driveway. On my left maybe 30' ahead were two teenage guys and on my right were two teenage girls about 10' ahead, all walking away from me, backs to me. I drove pretty much in between them, and there was plenty of room, until just as I got to a foot or two behind the girls (maybe a bit more, but it seemed that close), the girl closest to me decided to turn and cross over to the other side. She stepped directly in front of my car. Her girlfriend grabbed her arm and yanked right just as I swerved left to avoid hitting her. I didn't have time to hit the horn. She had earbuds in both ears and was talking to the girl on her right (and looking that direction) at the same time as she was walking to her left. I barely missed her. I am not in favor of increasing the pedestrian warning sound, but I think she might have heard an ICE car. Obviously the fault was hers, but it scared the bejeebers out of me. I did have the PWS on.
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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:50 pm

For fun, someone should merge this thread with the one questioning all the "noise" made by the LEAF. It would be an interesting "debate". :shock:

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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:42 am

Rat wrote:I am not in favor of increasing the pedestrian warning sound, but I think she might have heard an ICE car.


I can't hear the forward VSP even with both windows down, but since she had ear buds chances are she was blaring the music and wouldn't have heard an ICE either.
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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:52 am

The gene pool needs cleaning, I suspect.

Stepping without looking (or hearing, or caring) into
a motorway is becomming all too common these days.
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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:56 am

With ear buds, distracted talking, and music cranked, you likely could have been driving a diesel truck and she would not have heard you! A lot of higher end ICE cars are almost silent at low speed too so at some point, people simply have to be responsible for themselves and be aware of their surroundings...

Rat wrote:She had earbuds in both ears and was talking to the girl on her right (and looking that direction) at the same time as she was walking to her left.
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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:01 am

... didn't some girl texting, walk into an open man hole?!?
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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:42 am

TRONZ wrote:... didn't some girl texting, walk into an open man hole?!?

Maybe but I remember the video of the girl that walked into a fountain at a mall. :lol:
Was the fountain too quiet? Personal responsibility seems to get lower every year.
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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:07 pm

Come to think of it, the man hole girl blamed the city as well.

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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:12 pm

TRONZ wrote:Come to think of it, the man hole girl blamed the city as well...
There are usually very clear regulations against leaving open manholes unmarked or unattended. If the regs were broken (sure seems like it) it was partly the fault of the workers (and the city if they were city workers).
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Re: EV's Too Quiet ?!

Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:30 pm

I think it was after hours, had been marked and taped off but kids had torn down the tape.

AND

I have no doubt there were lawyers chasing her ambulance all the way to the hospital.
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