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Old 12-09-2014, 03:07 PM
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SUV Driver Mistakes Gas for Brake, Drives Onto Mercedes | NBC Southern California

Who here has mistaken the gas pedal for the brake pedal?

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Old 12-09-2014, 03:15 PM
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SUV Driver Mistakes Gas for Brake, Drives Onto Mercedes | NBC Southern California

Who here has mistaken the gas pedal for the brake pedal?
Not yet in my 28 years of licensed driving but I'm fearful as it seems to be a common occurrence...
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:57 PM
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I was in this accident (I grew up at farmers market). At 18 years old it was pretty life changing. That car was headed straight for me, hit something that turned it. Consider myself a lucky guy today, and seize every moment, because it could be your last in a blink of an eye.

Http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Monica_Farmers_Market_crash
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Old 12-09-2014, 04:17 PM
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The Benz looks like a rag top,..errr, cabriolet. Hope there was no one in it. That's an expensive repair no doubt. Anybody remember the former member who rolled his 300CE in Texas 3 times. When it came to rest on its roof, the family swung the doors open & crawled out unharmed. Wonder how a soft top handles roll overs?

No, I've never accelerated when I needed to brake.
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Old 12-09-2014, 04:35 PM
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I mixed up the brake and clutch once in my Brother's automatic Buick. I was pulling onto the highway and wanted to make a fast shift.

We both woke up pretty quick when I kicked the brake and slapped my coffee looking for the shifter
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Old 12-09-2014, 05:29 PM
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Who here has mistaken the gas pedal for the brake pedal?

Not gas / brake but brake / clutch once when transporting a model of car that usually was auto trans but this one was a manual. ( my auto / manual cars are different enough that this does not happen, )

I drive automatics with 2 feet as this gives much quicker transition and shother stopping distances, It also allows for "hovering" over the brake pedal when I see a potential "they are going to pull out" situation.

With a manual, the left foot only works the clutch unless driving the race car ( manual trans ) then left foot braking is sometime used to settle the car.

I bet the SUV driver was in an autotrans car and was driving with one foot.

While we are on the subject, when judging if another car is going to start moving and pull out, look at the wheel reletive to the fender. This gives a much earlier indication they are moving Vs looking at the body alone.
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Old 12-09-2014, 06:41 PM
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Looks like the windshield is doing well holding up 6k pounds of Lexus.

I know someone who did that to her Range Rover but she was drunk and she drove into the country club itself.
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Wait till the insurance company totals the Benz and the SUV owner finds out his minimum liability policy only covers a third of the cost and he is on the hook for the rest
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Who here has mistaken the gas pedal for the brake pedal?
Not me, but my ex-wife. Resulted in my beloved 1985 Mitsubishi Mighty Max being parked in the bathroom.
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Old 12-11-2014, 10:40 AM
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Who here has mistaken the gas pedal for the brake pedal?
This happened at the school where I work. One of our staff was hit (thankfully only very lightly!!!) and the guy jumped 3 curbs, drove through a hedge, and through the median on a boulevard.

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