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Prince Philip Flips Range Rover in Controversial Accident

Prince Philip Flips Range Rover in Controversial Accident

Prince Philip Crashes in Sandringham

Prince Charles - Prince of Wales - Attending Church at Sandringham - Christmas Day 2017 - Wikipedia - EuroDrift

Prince Charles – Prince of Wales – Attending Church at Sandringham – Christmas Day 2017 – Wikipedia – EuroDrift

After an accident in mid-January, Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, is recovering at home. While driving near the Sandringham Estate, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was “blinded by the light”. This led him to pull out in front of an oncoming vehicle. At 97 years of age, many question if the Prince should even be on the road. During the incident, the Range Rover rolled onto the roof, creating a disastrous scene. The Sandringham Estate is usually meant for relaxing during the Christmas holiday season. Although there were injuries in the accident, none were devastating or fatal, thankfully. Now, this situation is being called as Prince Philip’s Royal Wreck.

Viewpoint of the Victim

In Prince Philip’s Royal Wreck, there were 3 passengers in the victim’s vehicle. Emma Fairweather, the passenger of thus vehicle, unfortunately has a broken wrist. On top of this, it apparently took about 2 hours for an ambulance to assist with her injuries. While there were two adults on board, there was also a baby. Fortunately, the baby was safe in the accident and wasn’t injured. The victim is also claiming that Prince Philip nor Queen Elizabeth II have apologized for the accident. She also doubts the claim that the Prince couldn’t see due to the sun. But, she still loves and supports the royal couple. On the Prince’s side of the story, thankfully it wasn’t the Virage Volante!

A PR Disaster for the Royal Family

Prince Philip car crash: Range Rover overturns with Duke of Edinburgh at wheel – The Royal Magazine – YouTube

Prince Philip’s Royal Wreck is becoming a PR disaster for the royal family. With controversial info, this is causing a ruckus in the U.K., and worldwide. Surprisingly, Prince Philip was seen just 2 days later driving without a seatbelt… phew! Driving at his age, 97 years old, is probably not a great decision. Why not take a ride in the back of a Rolls instead? For anyone with interest, debris from this accident is actually available on eBay. In the end, this article draws no official conclusion on fault and reason but displays available information from new sources worldwide. Thankfully, no one was fatally or permanently injured in this accident.

Nürburgring Nordschleife Accidents: Reason for Modern Warning System

Nürburgring Nordschleife Accidents: Reason for Modern Warning System

Nürburgring Nordschleife Accidents

In early November 2017, the Nürburgring Nordschleife fell witness to an epic accident between many vehicles. While cruising around the track, one driver witnesses an accident occur in front of them. Due to this, he pulls over on the side of the road to offer assistance. By flagging down passing vehicles, he hopes to diminish the risk of additional collisions and injuries. Unfortunately, other drivers were plowing through the turn and many of them ended up colliding with the cars already there. These Nürburgring Nordschleife accidents act as an alert that modern safety measures are necessary at this track.

Nürburgring Driving Regulations

First, to analyze the Nürburgring’s driving regulations, we will take a look at Section 2.4. This section states “The entire Nürburgring, including the hard shoulders, is an absolute no-stopping zone. Vehicles with technical defects are exempted from this rule. Turning back and reversing is also banned on the Nürburgring.” From this statement, stopping is against the rules, unless there are technical defects. But, in reality, this initial accident would’ve probably led to additional accidents regardless. The placement of the damaged vehicles on the track would limit the ability of many other drivers to pass safely.

Who’s To Blame?

So, many may rise the question, why did this man stop? Is he to blame for the additional collisions? In my view, he did the right thing. The current Nürburgring system requires a driver to call a phone number to report collisions. As you can tell, any response by those on the line would not have made it in time to provide proper warning to other drivers. Let alone the fact the track is quite long at 12.9 miles leading to longer response times. This driver made a decisive move to attempt to warn other drivers of the collision risk ahead.

Audis, BMWs, Porsches, and More Collide in Recent Event

In this accident, car after car fly by the cameraman colliding with the vehicles ahead. Audis, BMWs, Porsches, and more were involved in this major chain accident. At one point, an Audi TT can be seen slamming into a BMW that is parked on the side of the track. Even the guy filming had his car join in on this collision when a Porsche spins out and slams right into it. The most important thing in this event is that everyone is not severely injured. Human life is much more important than any of those cars as a car is replaceable, a life isn’t.

Modern Warning System Options

From this catastrophe, concerns about Nürburgring’s handling of accidents comes into play. If Nürburgring were to implement a modern warning system, drivers around the track could be alerted to the danger ahead. This could be handled through audible or visual alarms. An audible alarm could be a siren that blares warning drivers of a collision around the track. A visual alarm could be a light system that is green when safe, yellow when caution is necessary, and red when there is an accident.

Sequence of Collisions on Nürburgring are Avoidable

Overall, the sequence of collisions that occurred on Nürburgring Nordschleife were and are avoidable. Although the track has a set of regulations for drivers to follow to minimize accidents, it is time for a modern warning system. Whether the Nürburgring Nordschleife puts up lights or sirens, either would be beneficial to safety. Although, there is the fact they may never implement a more advanced safety system. In the end, driver safety is the highest requirement at a track and improving safety should be a top priority for this track.

Who Invented the Traffic Cone?

Who Invented the Traffic Cone?

Simple Design Increases Traffic Safety

In the early 1940s, Charles D. Scanlon invented the traffic cone that is known worldwide today. He was a painter for the Street Painting Dept. in Los Angeles when the idea arose. This idea probably came about due to the lack of safety while painting in the street. Surely, many accidents happened prior to this invention. Surprisingly, the first traffic cones were actually used in the UK in 1958 for the M6 motorway.

Now, traffic cones are widely used by companies and people worldwide. But, the actual patent for the traffic cone was approved in 1943. So, it took nearly 15 years before the UK willingly put the cones to use on the M6. This year, it’s been almost 60 years of traffic cone safety! And, to make it even better, cars are safer than ever! This is due to the newest tech in the auto industry such as fully autonomous EVs.

Traffic Cones Widely Used for Traffic Management

In modern times, the traffic cone is widely used for traffic management. By placing cones on the road, cars become aware of the upcoming hazards or dangers. Furthermore, cones redirect traffic around construction zones and other obstacles. Sometimes, traffic cones are in use in neighborhoods to warn of children at play. So, if a cone is in the street, always be sure to figure the situation and drive accordingly. Usually, a cone signals that the driver should use extreme caution ahead.

Not surprisingly, nowadays, the US Federal Highway Administration requires traffic cones while working on roadways. This is clearly written in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

The Traffic Cone Defines Safety on the Roadway

Road Cone Placing Machine Is Safer And More Efficient – Tech Insider – YouTube

Overall, the traffic cone defines safety on the roadway in the roadwork industry. From rerouting traffic to preventing accidents, traffic cones are an amazing invention. Sometimes, it’s important to take a look at the little things – the ones taken for granted. The traffic cone is a perfect example of one of these items. Without it, who knows how many people would’ve died working on roadways? Charles D. Scanlon’s idea has probably saved many lives since it came to be in existence. And, now with autonomous vehicles, safety shall only get better! In conclusion, let’s tip a hat to Mr. Scanlon on his highly protective invention.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Drops from 3rd Story of Parking Garage

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Drops from 3rd Story of Parking Garage

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Mercedes-Benz G-Class - Crash from 3rd Story of Parking Garage - PIGUES15 on Twitter - NBC News - EuroDrift

Mercedes-Benz G-Class – Crash from 3rd Story of Parking Garage – PIGUES15 on Twitter – NBC News – EuroDrift

On Thursday, January 3, 2019, a series of unfortunate events occurred in Los Angeles, California. A driver was attempting to park a Mercedes-Benz G-Class on the 3rd story of a garage. Unfortunately, the driver hit the gas instead of the brakes. From here, chaos began to unfold right before everyone’s eyes. According to ABC7 Los Angeles, the vehicle drove through a floor-to-ceiling glass wall and plummeted to the street below. Yes, this car fell 3 stories right into the street of LA. Landing on its roof, the driver is lucky to be alive. The event took place on the 5400 block of Tujunga Avenue, near Magnolia Boulevard.

The Driver is in Stable Condition

Broken Glass Wall - Parking Garage in Los Angeles - CBS News - EuroDrift

Broken Glass Wall – Parking Garage in Los Angeles – CBS News – EuroDrift

Thankfully, the driver of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is now in stable condition. At first, it was questionable as the driver was critically injured from the fall. The last statement by Los Angeles Police Department was that the driver was “alert and talking”. LAPD has ruled out DUI, so the driver will most likely walk away with no charges. But, possibly a battle with the parking garage company and it’s insurance. As everyone knows, neither of them will want to cover the driver’s damages to the structure.

”How Could This Happen?”

Driver Survives After SUV Flies Off 3rd Story of Parking Garage, Lands Upside Down – CBS Los Angeles – YouTube

A question many people may have on mind is, “how could this happen?”. Well, incidents in parking lots occur all the time. Just as driving on the road, parking isn’t free of incidents. On a daily basis, cars are bumped about in cities worldwide. Sometimes, people mistakenly hit the wrong peddle. Unfortunately, this time, the driver didn’t have enough time to correct the issue. Sometimes, people get lucky and avoid accidents. In conclusion, although the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is most likely irreparable, the driver is okay.

How to Transport Christmas Trees Safely on a Vehicle

How to Transport Christmas Trees Safely on a Vehicle

Christmas Tree Transport Safety 101

During “the most wonderful time of the year” (Christmas), trees are a tradition leading to roughly 25 to 30 million individual sales per year. Yes, over 25 million trees are sold every year for the holiday season. With this concept arrives the question, how to transport Christmas trees safely on a vehicle? Well, the reason for this article is to provide tips on exactly that! A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that debris on U.S. roadways led to over 200,000 accidents over a 3-year period. Some of these accidents were due to trees falling off vehicles. Hence, it is extremely important to ensure you follow the tips below to minimize risk in transporting the beloved tree!

Tips for Christmas Tree Transport

Now, the purpose of this section is to provide tips how to transport Christmas trees safely on a vehicle. The National Christmas Tree Association has quite a few tips for how to handle this. Here, the tips are broken down into simpler, more straight-forward terms for ease of understanding:

  1. Ask for Tree to be Netted prior to Loading onto the Vehicle
  2. Ensure Tree Trunk is Pointing forward Towards the Front Bumper
  3. Ensure Tree Fits within Cargo Area or on Roof Rack Properly
  4. Use Rope to Secure Tree in Cargo Area or on Roof Rack
  5. A Blanket, Sheet, or Tarp Should be Used in Cargo Area or on Roof to Protect the Tree & Vehicle
  6. Tug Tree to Ensure it is Properly Secured to Vehicle
  7. Drive Slowly & Avoid Highways While Transporting Tree

Note: Tips #1 & #2 help reduce wind damage to pine needles.

Note #2: If the vehicle is a pick-up truck, avoid “hot spots”. These areas include regions above the exhaust, where the metal may be warmer than other spots of the trunk bed. This will help protect the tree furthermore.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

How to Transport a Christmas Tree – – YouTube

To millions of people worldwide, the holiday season is “the most wonderful time of the year”. Hence, this article brings to light the concept of transporting trees safely. Now, there’s no reason to wonder how to transport Christmas trees safely on a vehicle. Simply follow the tips above and this should help with the overall task at hand. This guide DOES NOT GUARANTEE the safety of the car or tree during transport. That is solely up to whomever is in control of the transport work. Also, plenty of tree pop-ups and stores offer delivery, and even setup. Consider this option to save oneself the hassle of struggling with the transport. This may save the Audi A5 or BMW M5 from roof damage. In conclusion, transporting Christmas trees safely is important to everyone on the road, and the tree itself.

Note: The featured image is from Good Free Photos.

Marijuana: Simply Put, Don’t Smoke & Drive!

Marijuana: Simply Put, Don’t Smoke & Drive!

The Legalization of Marijuana

In recent years, Washington, D.C. and 10 states have legalized recreational use of cannabis, also known as marijuana. In these states, it is legal to consume the product and carry up to a certain amount (i.e. one ounce). For some states, growing plants at home is also legal, but refer to local law before doing so. While marijuana should be legal for adults 21+ nationwide, there are quite a few things to pay attention to, such as driving. Drugged driving is a major issue in the United States, causing unexpected individuals fines and jail time. Simply put, don’t smoke marijuana then drive. As of November 2018, the locations where cannabis can be used legally are:

  1. Alaska
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Maine
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Michigan
  7. Nevada
  8. Oregon
  9. Vermont
  10. Washington
  11. Washington, D.C. (U.S. Capital)

The Effects on Operating a Vehicle

Police Using Breathalyzer on Drunk Driving Suspect - Wikimedia Commons - EuroDrift

Police Using Breathalyzer on Drunk Driving Suspect – Wikimedia Commons – EuroDrift

Although marijuana can be safely consumed at home, a handful of people have a misconception of driving while high. According to the U.S. Government, 2-5 ng/mL of THC can cause substantial driving impairment. And, even more so in occasional smokers. While on cannabis, a driver is two-fold likely to have an accident. Although high drivers tend to drive slower due to the drug, the control deteriorates, especially in increasingly complex situations. Research has shown that the effects include:

  1. Cognitive Impairment
  2. Diminished Perception of Vehicle Controls
  3. Divided Attention
  4. Poor Lane Positioning or Weaving
  5. Reaction Time Reduction

Not surprisingly, using alcohol with marijuana increases the likelihood of an accident even higher. This can cause a driver to have worse lane control and slower reaction times, while driving faster due to alcohols diminishing effect on fear.

Driving High Isn’t Worth It!

The Try Guys Test High Driving – YouTube

Simply put, driving high isn’t worth it! Don’t smoke marijuana and drive! While marijuana may be legal in D.C. and 10 states, each of these locations enforces drugged driving laws. This means that if you’re caught high on marijuana operating a vehicle, you may be arrested or fined. Is it really worth it? Definitely not. Simply place an order online for food via one of the modern ordering apps. This way, you can relax at home while the carrier brings your munchies supplies. Overall, marijuana legalization is a positive move forward, but only if humans respect it, just like alcohol and other impairing drugs.

Police Squad Car - Rear Corner Perspective - Urban City - EuroDrift

Police Squad Car – Rear Corner Perspective – Urban City – EuroDrift

Note: The featured image is by ashton on Wikimedia Commons.

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