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al perna 12-31-2019 07:21 PM

Brake or Jake Your Call

I always wondered if those runaway s were used :)

Harold,Cat&Sam 12-31-2019 07:31 PM

I don't want to be in that predicament .

Blue Moon 12-31-2019 07:36 PM

Keep your fingers out of the steering wheel and have a fresh pair of undergarments ready. But they do save lives.

bwinter1946 12-31-2019 08:22 PM

My Dad was a design engineer for Caltrans. He always thought it was wrong to put the truck escape ramp on the right lane. If the truck is a run away it seemed unlikely they could get over to the slow lane in time to hit the ramp. He designed one for the Ridge route in California and the escape ramp is on the left or fast lane. It has been used many times. Very expensive tow job to get the truck out, damage to the truck, and replacing the gravel etc.

GregOC 12-31-2019 09:22 PM

On a hill decents I run slow and close with the pro's and let the jake brake screaming prevost pass me by. . What happens in an automatic if for some reason the computer loses power? Like a 14 ga ignition wire fault or Tim heats up a hot pocket in the microwave and the inverter faults. In a stick, you still have aircompessor and back pressure. In an automatic, it shifts to Neutral and you are freewheeling.? ?

Gene Mehr 01-01-2020 02:23 AM

Bend over

Craig Clark 01-01-2020 03:02 PM

I never thought the truck would travel that far up the ramp. Lots of momentum glad he hit the ramp versus another vehicle.

gcyeaw 01-01-2020 03:38 PM

Yup, go slow and use your head. You should know by now how long it would take to stop on a hill like that. So going 20/25 mpg on the way down gives you the opportunity to go 20/25 up the next hill. Unless you want to play in the expensive sand box:D I doubt the bird be repairable after doing that at 65 or more MPH anyway, so why risk it.

As far as the distance the truck went, I would assume there are some calculations in the design to insure the driver survives the deceleration.

patticake 01-01-2020 07:17 PM

I noticed only one skid mark the whole length of the video. Not all wheels.

stilson 01-01-2020 08:10 PM

Drums heat up, shoes don't contact drums and no brakes, I have seen these runaway ramps and though never would I want to go there but the driver of the truck was probably very happy to see one. Also surprised how far up the truck went

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