Don't Drive Tired

Don't Drive Tired

To visitors from the UK, the roads in W.A. are very different. Not only are most of them constructed in a different way (because of the distances and lack of volume involved) but driving on them presents different dangers.
Being very long and straight with few distractions such as inhabited areas and other vehicles, it is often a case of simply switching on the cruise control to lock the speed at the legal limit (there might be no other vehicles in sight but you can bet on a revenue-raising speed-camera every so often) and waiting an hour or so to the next town. Very often navigating these towns requires no more than reseting the cruise control down from 110 kpm to 90, then 70 then back up to 90 and finally 110. This probably takes no more than 2 or 3 minutes.
With all this nothing going on it is very easy, despite copious coffee or Red Bull for a drivers attention to lapse and to doze off.  Unfortunately when this happens there is plenty of ways to die.

 

On this page I shall analyse one of the many, many sets of tire tracks left on the roads. These were on the Great Eastern Highway between Perth & Kalgoorlie and were a couple of days old.
Note the distance between these first marks and the parked vehicle which marks the conclusion.
This first shot shows the signs of where the vehicle (from the tracks & tire prints probably something similar to the Ford Falcon visible in these shot) has first drifted off onto the verge.
The marks on the loose, marbles-like gravel of the verge show where the driver drifted onto the gravel. By the delinerator, marker post, can be seen the first skid mark where driver has wrenched the vehicle back onto the road, narrowly missing a descent into a culvert.

 

Viewed from the other side of the road   These mark the point where having over-corrected the driver has spun the vehicle. Because the vehicle was no doubt an automatic, the engine will have stalled locking the back wheels..........
sideways-on it slides back across the road..........
...rotating as it goes....
back towards the original verge...
Finally it reverses on to the verge before driving off, having ended up facing the way it started. No doubt with a faster heart rate - but at least there still was one!!

 

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