29 thoughts on “Good Ride”

  1. The Russian Government should crack down on lunatic drivers. Strictly enforce rules such as stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks, dangerous driving, DUI, running stop signs, excessive speeding, ect. Russia should also build more freeways.

    • Do you know how the majority of fines are paid?
      The way is: the driver don’t want to pay full sum, the road militia man (policeman) just wants money (that’s why he chose that profession). The driver says “let’s divide the fine in two – one part will be yours, one part is mine”. He pays half. Results – spent less money, lost no time to fill in the form and to pay in bank.
      By the way, the fines increased recently. Result – the “fee” of our gloriuois militia ‘increased’…

    • Driving penalties are strictly enforced in the UK. The revenue goes to the central government, not the police or CPS who, together, decide who gets prosecuted. The result is that dangerous driving is prosecuted, `the public’ is generally in favour of such prosecutions (speed cameras are a bone of contention) and UK roads are an awful lot safer than roads in the USA, and never mind either the Ukraine or Russia.

      The authorities in Germany are stricter, and their driving regulations are tighter. German roads are much safer than British roads. To illustrate how strict they are in Germany: in Germany, it’s an offence to run out of petrol on the autobahn.

      But the things that both the UK and Germany have that makes a bigger difference are much better driver training, harder driving tests (Germany’s test is very hard), and a different cultural attitude towards driving. For example, drunk driving is not culturally acceptable in either Germany or the UK.

      When a stricter motorcycle riding test was introduced to the UK in the 1980s, it resulted in a huge drop in the motorcycle accident rate: good training is the most important thing.

      But you really need all parts of the jigsaw: good driver training, a strict driving test, prosecution of driving offences, and a change in cultural attitudes towards driving. In countries such as the UK, cultural changes like that are made via government propaganda coupled with strict policing: drunk driving used to be a big problem in the UK 40 years ago. It’s not any more, due to decades of `public information campaigns’, police crackdowns on drink driving at `peak times’ in the year such as Christmas, and so on.

  2. I feel sorry for the poor lad, just spent quite a lot of his cash (I guess) on that machine and started giving it emotional value – and within days it’s taken from him..

    Except, of course, when it was his own fault. Which I think probably was, but it isn’t stated, so… an idea for an update, perhaps?

  3. I hate to see so much red stuff spilled after an accident. I take heart though, I have a 5th Gen Prelude, if he can walk from that I have absolute faith in mine! I recently saw an MR2 crash on youtube, the thing was flattened when the other car was hardly scratched, not so keen on Toyotas any more.

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