adric22
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Nearly ran over a pedestrian today.

Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:22 pm

Whether this can be blamed on the car being to quiet, the driver (me) or the pedestrian, I'm not sure. Maybe a combination. I was looking for a parking space and was making the u-turn to go down a different aisle and a man just sort of came out of nowhere (from between two other cars) and I was busy looking down the next aisle for a parking spot. I slammed on my breaks as hard as I could and came within inches of hitting the guy. He looked extremely surprised as well.

And by the way.. My artificial noisemaker was not disabled.
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Re: Nearly ran over a pedestrian today.

Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:42 pm

And yet, there are a # of folks here who are dead set on always disabling the noisemaker after power up, changing its default to off or finding other means of disabling theirs... :roll:

I'm pretty sure that the chance of pedestrian accidents goes up significantly if the noisemaker's disabled...

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Re: Nearly ran over a pedestrian today.

Sun Aug 19, 2012 2:45 pm

My Leaf has changed my driving habits in several ways. One is driving in a parking lot. I usually just park at the fringe and hoof it in. Otherwise I get pretty paranoid and just assume someone will come out from between parked cars. I couple of not so close calls but otherwise it has been fine. The VSP could definitely be louder in my car.
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Re: Nearly ran over a pedestrian today.

Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:41 pm

adric22 wrote:Whether this can be blamed on the car being to quiet, the driver (me) or the pedestrian, I'm not sure. Maybe a combination. I was looking for a parking space and was making the u-turn to go down a different aisle and a man just sort of came out of nowhere (from between two other cars) and I was busy looking down the next aisle for a parking spot. I slammed on my breaks as hard as I could and came within inches of hitting the guy. He looked extremely surprised as well.
And by the way.. My artificial noisemaker was not disabled.
It looks like you got a break from using your brakes. ;)
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Re: Nearly ran over a pedestrian today.

Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:28 pm

adric22 wrote:Whether this can be blamed on the car being to quiet, the driver (me) or the pedestrian, I'm not sure. Maybe a combination. I was looking for a parking space and was making the u-turn to go down a different aisle and a man just sort of came out of nowhere (from between two other cars) and I was busy looking down the next aisle for a parking spot. I slammed on my breaks as hard as I could and came within inches of hitting the guy. He looked extremely surprised as well.

And by the way.. My artificial noisemaker was not disabled.
Too bad his hearing aid was turned off. Honestly, safety is in those that are involved in the transit areas. Pedestrians can't rely on drivers, and drivers can't rely on pedestrians.

The fault would have been shared had there been a collision. That is what an accident is.
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Re: Nearly ran over a pedestrian today.

Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:53 pm

i see "near" parking lot accidents daily. it is normal to not be looking at where you are going. what Aldric did is something i have done several times and were it not for the fact that i was doing 5-7 mph, i would have hit someone by now.

that's the facts. as long as we adhere to the 5 mph speed, we be fine.
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Re: Nearly ran over a pedestrian today.

Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:29 pm

DaveinOlyWA wrote:i see "near" parking lot accidents daily. it is normal to not be looking at where you are going. what Aldric did is something i have done several times and were it not for the fact that i was doing 5-7 mph, i would have hit someone by now.
Yeah.. and I was probably going closer to 12 mph.. so I think I'll slow it down in parking lots from now on.
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Re: Nearly ran over a pedestrian today.

Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:36 am

Several times I've gotten behind people walking to or from their car in a parking lot who seemed unaware that I was there. At least I don't think they were strolling down the middle of the lane between parked cars just to aggravate me. I've thought of using my horn, but that seems impolite, so I haven't. Yeah, I wouldn't mind if the VSP was louder.

Now, the backup signal -- that's another matter. I don't know how many times I've watched people scurry out of my way, even though I have my foot on the brake. (Yes, LEAFfan, to give them a break. -- Are we ribbing you too much adric22? Hey, even I make "misteaks" once in a while.)

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Re: Nearly ran over a pedestrian today.

Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:31 am

I've found myself being more vigilant than I used to be in my ICE cars, assuming that in this age of mass distraction pedestrians and cyclists (even with VSP on) are not going to notice me. Last thing I want to do is damage my pretty LEAF! ;)
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Re: Nearly ran over a pedestrian today.

Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:31 am

cwerdna wrote:And yet, there are a # of folks here who are dead set on always disabling the noisemaker after power up, changing its default to off or finding other means of disabling theirs... :roll:

I'm pretty sure that the chance of pedestrian accidents goes up significantly if the noisemaker's disabled...
Doesn't sound like it did any good in this situation.

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