The upcoming Indy 500 is one of the most iconic racing events of the year, so I thought I would do a simple analyst of the race and track. Hopefully, it will make watching the race more enjoyable. The Indy track is 2.5 miles in length. The track consists of two long straights that are […]
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If you have been to a VDI program, you know that only thing between you and the road are your tires. Here are some statistics Yearly estimates back up that statement. On average: Drivers in the United States put more than 2,969 billion miles on their tires, There are nearly 11,000 tire-related crashes, and Almost […]
We have all had the experience of driving on a major highway and running into stop and go traffic, the first thought you have is that there must be an accident just over the hill or around the bend. But when you get to the top of the hill or around the bend the traffic starts to flow and there is no accident – what caused the slowdown. Two things traffic volume and “line of sight.”
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a computer that takes over control of the vehicle when the vehicle’s path is not what the driver intended it to be. For those of us who have lost control of a car, we know that it’s that first twitch of the car that tells us that we are about to have an exciting experience. That twitch is information the car is sending to us. For some, interpreting this information is second nature, and for others, it’s like trying to understand Swahili. That sinking feeling we get in our stomach is the car telling us that it’s not going where we want it to go, but it is going on a path that it wants to go. The value of ESC is that it interprets the information, in most cases, before the average driver or even the above average driver can sense the problem. Once the ESC computer reads the information it starts to set the car on the correct path before we can figure out what’s going on.
I wrote the first “The Miscellaneous Ramblings of an Old Man” in 2011, I was a young 72 at the time. I am now 78, which is the new 76. They are, as the title would suggest, the random thoughts that enter the mind of an old guy. Mostly one liner’s that cover life in […]