Is that super slow pit for Massa from the shunt messing with his car?




i think my saddest moment as an Australian was finding out that the rest of the world doesn’t say “never eat soggy weetbix” to figure out the order of the compass

Never Eat Soggy Waffles

the fuck is weetbix?

Some schools use that here in the UK

(Source: annnica)

With that start I have no idea how we aren’t down 4 cars already

Haven’t seen Orphan Black yet so having to wait for the F1 fandom to wake up to purge my Dashboard of any other content


i don’t want to put this directly on that post, but that’s also why current new-driver education is completely inadequate.

it’s not difficult to believe that a teen driver would skid and flip after hitting a small embankment. it’s completely understandable. and that’s a problem.

overcompensation in steering is the natural response and it’s one that has to be unlearned, which is a much more difficult process than just saying “don’t try to turn out of the skid” in driver’s ed. it needs to actually be in muscle memory.

i was lucky. my first skid incident was a pothole going 30-something on a wide, empty road. i made the beginner’s mistake of overcompensation for a split second, then recovered. but if the road was narrower, or crowded, that split second could have turned out a lot differently.

but after that first incident, the response was innate. months later, when i hit a massive pothole (the asphalt had completely collapsed where it joined a concrete bridge) going 80-something on interstate 70, there was no split-second overcompensation. i locked the wheel, veered slightly into the next lane, and recovered a couple seconds later when i was stable. i got lucky that there wasn’t anyone immediately to my left, but even if there had been, it would have been a minor parallel collision, and there likely would have been no injury. much better than the alternative.

if that had been my first skid, i would have veered right across that interstate and been in a major collision.

it’s just one of many issues with the way we teach driving: you learn about the normal and the abnormal in the classroom, but you only learn (and are only tested on) normal situations in the real world.

it’s not difficult to imagine a system for real-world emergency driving training. there’s already countless programs for it across the country, but they’re expensive, private programs that have nothing to do with the required driver’s ed track.

you’d save a lot of lives if you gave new drivers experience in emergencies before they get on the road.

Take note that my comment is from someone who did their driving test through the British system, and only knows about the American system through what I have been told.

But, it has always sounded like the level of the test just isn’t challenging enough. Automatic cars are generally easier to drive so as a result the testing is apparently less rigorous.

The bare minimum of the British test doesn’t train you well enough in my opinion, with a solid focus on navigating the road network, maintaining lane discipline, and a good chunk of maneuvers that are needed to actually use your car. I looked up the Florida test and it seemed really really simple. 

So while our test is not that hard, most people take a few months (I took two and a half, some take about six or seven months) getting used to driving so build up all the muscle memory they need for 90% situations.

But I’d rather we have something like the Finnish system, which requires you to go through advanced driving training just to get a license. I grew up in cars, I learnt about controlling a slide, placement and spacial awareness, and a general comfort with manual gearboxes, but I know so many that are fully licensed drivers who I personally won’t get in a car with. 

The Chinese F1 has fucked my sleeping cycle something rotten (6 hours sleep since Thursday morning) so I am going to go to bed so I can get up tomorrow to watch the race. See you all then