[Vwdiesel] Fwd: mileage
syncronized_turbo at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Nov 30 01:06:52 PST 2009
RE: braking power
Pop the air release on a fully loaded bus and they'll stop you fast
enough to feel like you've been kicked in the chest (from my seat-belt
locking up so hard).
I had to do a "panic stop" in my ninth month behind the wheel, some
less-than-intelligent college kid pulled out across from me with only
20-25' of clearance when I was doing a full 40mph with a heavy passenger
load (50 @ estimated average 175# each... it adds up fast!).
Pure instinct laid my foot deep on the pedal, shouted a brace warning,
and pulled that emergency release knob. I /know/ I locked up all four
corners, because there were delicious black streaks on the pavement
traveling through the intersection.
I managed not to hit the SOB, and despite throwing my standing
passengers to the floor nobody was hurt, and the kid's license plate was
caught on the front view camera. All in all one of the better endings to
that scenario, but I can /still/ smell that brake-shoe reek, and that
was years ago.
I've had a few occasions to really like the "brakes engage when you lose
air pressure" safety feature too. That kind of inherently built in
safety feature is part of why I love air brakes on anything heavier than
a "light" duty truck.
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