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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Zero Tolerance Road Work - Poor Van

Who cares if there is a parked car on the road? The asphalt must be replaced. Zero tolerance road work. Poor van owner. Somehow I found this really funny. By the way, this happening at Russia. What do you guys think?

Source: FunSpace

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Motorcycles Dancing - The Most Unusual Crash Involving Two Motorcycles

At Magny-Cours, during a round of the promosport Championship: two riders crash and their bikes lock wheel bars and continue to pirouette on the ground: funny dancing bikes! Hahahaha. I love to see the reaction of the two riders.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Vehicle Tailgating is Not Worth It

Tailgating is the practice of driving on a road too close to the vehicle in front, at a distance which does not guarantee that stopping to avoid collision is possible. Approximately one third of rear-end collisions involve tailgating. So is it worth it?

Source: Baneplanet

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tun Mahathir Said Buy Proton Cars A Charity

Do I heard it right? Surely, I'm not buying a car as a charity. It is the life of my family I put on the line here. Proper survey on the car, in term of safety, specification, coolness, features and price should be conducted when you want to buy a new car. If the Proton cars are safe and at the same time affordable, why not. But to think is as charity? It is a hell NO. P/S: Is Proton such that low to beg people to buy their cars as a charity? LOL.

Proton Tuah: Amazing car from Proton. For more pictures: Proton Tuah Pictures and Video

KLANG – There is no truth in claims by certain quarters that car prices are expensive in Malaysia because of the existence of the national car, Proton, says former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“This is not true. The government has been imposing high tax for imported cars even from before so that the country does not lose out substantially in the outflow of the ringgit to foreign countries,” he said at the joint launching of the Proton’s Logistics Centres in Sijangkang and Tanjung Malim in Sijangkang here Tuesday.

Dr Mahathir, who is also proton adviser, said Malaysians who bought proton cars were doing a charity because when Proton becomes a success story and prospered, many Malaysians would get jobs and could support their families, some of whom have big families.

“We want to see proton playing a role as a socio machinery, helping to provide for the well-being of all Malaysians,” said Dr Mahathir, who initiated the national car project when he was the prime minister.

Following Proton’s move to set up the logistics centres in Sijangkang and Tanjung Malim to improve the quality of proton cars before delivering the cars to the customers, Dr Mahathir said he was confident that proton might soon capture the domestic automotive market and become the No. 1 car seller in the country.

Through the logistics centres, assembled proton cars at the main manufacturing plant in Shah Alam will be sent to the centres in Sijangkang and Tanjung Malim for testing and post-delivery inspection to ensure its quality conformed to the stipulated standard before delivering the cars to the dealers and for export.

Dr Mahathir said usually proton sales clinched 80 per cent but with the existence of perdoua and other brands of imported cars from South Korea and other countries, proton sales had taken a beating, he said car sales in Malaysia had shot up to 570,000 in one year, the highest sales figure in Southeast Asia, as other countries might be selling more than that but their population was 10 times more than Malaysia’s.

Dr Mahathir said proton must focus attention on quality because in business image was important although some may complain of dissatisfaction.

“It may be only one person complaining but it may portray as though all proton cars are problematic. If we don’t have a good image, everybody will think that this image is not only confined to one car but the whole problem,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said a blogger wrote in his blog claiming that proton car windows cannot be lowered, and the car owner had to open his car door and get down from his car to pay toll.

‘I think this is something overboard. I also drive my car through tolled roads and I’ve yet to see people driving proton cars getting down from their vehicles to pay toll,” he said. (Hmmmmm.....)

“Nevertheless, many believe this is what actually happened because although it is a small complaint but even a giant company must give good treatment,” he added. – BERNAMA

Source: MynewsHub

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Road Safety - It is a Crash Not an Accident

We tend to forget that road rules are set to protect us and not make our lives difficult. Malaysians continue to engage in high risk behaviour on our roads. High risk behavior has been defined as an occurrence of event with probability of harm through, reckless or irresponsible behavior on the road.

The consequences of high risk behaviour on the roads can be damaging for the driver, other road users and their families. So, it is not wrong to say that high risk drivers are insensitive and selfish human beings who do not care for anyone, not even themselves.

Road crashes can be avoided, I use the term crash and not accident because most of the time it is never an ‘accident.’ You never accidentally speed, or accidentally drink and drive or use your hand phone while driving accidentally. We have to first understand that to crash or not to crash is in our own hands.

It is time we woke-up and realise that our ‘tidak apa’ (don’t care) attitude towards road safety can be bloody and even cause death. Understanding the key factors like speeding, driving under the influence, (DUI) distractions, fatigue and not using restraints properly contribute to death on the road, is the first step towards embracing road safety. Think road safety if not for you, at least for your loved ones.

Don’t you think lives taken on roads are lives wasted?

Source: Road Safety Ideas

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Saudi Arabia Women Drive Cars to Protest Ban

The news about Saudi Arabia women drive cars to protest ban, indeed sounds very strange to most of us, Malaysian, since most women in Malaysia can drive......without fear. However, in principal, in my opinion, Saudi Arabia is doing the right thing. Don't you agree with me? Certainly. Don't take into heart. I'm just joking Hehe.

Women in Saudi Arabia have started driving cars in defiance of a ban on female drivers, in a campaign publicized on Facebook and Twitter.

Women in Saudi Arabia have started openly driving cars in defiance of a ban on female drivers in the kingdom.

The campaign has been publicized on social networking sites, including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, where women have been posting images of themselves driving.

The Women2Drive Facebook page, which includes messages of support from around the world, said the campaign would continue until a royal decree reversed the ban.

"All that we need is to run our errands without depending on drivers," said one woman in a film posted Friday, the BBC reports.

While there are no traffic laws that make it illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, the ban is a religious fatwa imposed by conservative Muslim clerics.

“The driving ban is increasingly upsetting Saudi women, who now make up more than half of this country’s university students. Graduating in record numbers, they are looking for jobs and they want to drive themselves to work, to the shopping mall, to the grocery store and to their children’s schools,” wrote GlobalPost’s Caryle Murphy in a story suggested and voted on by GlobalPost readers.

“The new social media tools and recent peaceful street action in other Arab countries like Egypt have given the campaign quite a bit of steam,” Murphy wrote.

Supporters of the ban say it protects women, and prevents them from leaving home unescorted or travelling with an unrelated male.

Last month, a woman was arrested and spent more than a week in jail after driving a car and posting a video of herself online.

Manal Al Sherif, 32, was accused of "besmirching the kingdom's reputation abroad and stirring up public opinion." She was released after being forced to sign a form promising never to drive again.

Source: Global Post

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Cameron Highland's Crash Report Submitted to AG's Chambers

Many people asked, "What has MIROS done for the past years?". I think the best answer is this, CRASH RECONSTRUCTION, the first in the nation, and leading organization in South East Asia (angkat bakul betul kekeke).

KUALA LUMPUR: The report by the independent inquiry board investigating the double-decker bus crash in Cameron Highlands last year has been submitted to the Attorney-General’s Chambers, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha.

He said the report was tabled before the Cabinet in April after the board completed its investigation into the Dec 20 crash, which claimed 28 lives, mostly Thai tourists.

“The Cabinet has referred the matter to the AG’s Chambers for further action. I was informed that the AG's Chambers has looked through the report and passed it to the police and other relevant agencies for further action,” he told Bernama here today.

He said the report gave its findings on what caused the crash and on possible shortcomings on the part of various government agencies and the bus operator. However, he said the report would not be made public or tabled in Parliament.

"This is due to legal implications. So it is now up to the respective agencies to look into the recomendations by the panel and take neccesary action," he said.

In the nation's worst road accident at the 15th kilometre of the Cameron Highlands-Simpang Pulai road on Dec 20 last year, 25 Thai nationals and their Malaysian driver and tour guide were killed when the double-decker bus they were in crashed into a divider, overturned and landed on its roof in a ditch.

The crash claimed the lives of 22 people on the spot while five others died at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh. Following the accident, Universiti Putra Malaysia vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Radin Umar Radin Sohadi, who has a PhD in traffic safety engineering and a Masters in transport and traffic engineering, was appointed to head an independent inquiry board to investigate the crash.

The inquiry board looked into all aspects of the accident before making recommendations to the Government. The other committee members were representatives from the Malaysian Institute of Transportation, Institute of Engineering Malaysia, Road Engineering Association of Malaysia, Federation of Malaysia Consumers Association (Fomca) and mechanical engineering consultant Datuk Foong Choy Chye.

Dr Radin said the report took two months to complete as the board had called and recorded statements from witnesses and experts on the accident. Those called to assist the probe included officials from Malaysia Institute Of Road Safety Research (MIROS), Road Transport Department (RTD), Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre (Puspakom), Tourism Ministry as well as local agents.

The probe also involved foreign parties including the bus's chasis maker from Japan.

Source: Mmail

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Safety Driving Tips - Car Maintenance Check List

Considering the disruption bad weather can do to driving conditions during winter, you would think drivers would take extra care on the roads, to ensure they don’t have accidents. However, the results of a recent survey conducted by Sainsbury’s Car Insurance shows quite the opposite. According to the survey, more than one in five drivers does not carry out the necessary checks on their cars each month to ensure the vehicle is in a road-worthy condition.

Which Drivers are Neglecting Their Cars?

The results of the survey are shocking. Twenty-one percent of drivers are failing to make regular checks to their vehicles, which accounts for some 7.2 million cars on the road. Women drivers also come out worse in the survey than men, with 26 percent of them neglecting to maintain their cars compared to 16 percent of men.

Age also seems to play a factor in how likely a driver is to check their car for damage. Eighty-five percent of drivers over the age of 65 stated that they inspect their vehicles once a month, compared to 71 percent of motorists between 18 and 24.

Similarly, the results can vary depending on which region of the country you are looking at. Between 83 and 85 percent of drivers from Scotland and the North of England carry out monthly checks on their cars (possibly because these areas are the most likely to be affected by adverse weather conditions) compared to 73 percent of motorists in London.

Which Checks Are Not Being Carried Out and Why?

A staggering 62% of drivers in the survey admitted they do not regularly check the depth of tread on their tires. The tread needs to be a minimum of 1.6mm in depth, although only 38 percent of motorists make sure their tires are road worthy.

Similarly, over half of drivers questioned (56%) fail to check the levels of water coolant in their engines, even though this is vital to ensuring that the engine does not overheat and cause an accident.

Drivers questioned in the survey gave a number of reasons why they don’t carry out the checks, but the largest factor seems to be that drivers simply didn’t think regular maintenance was necessary. Many motorists also confessed to only checking specific aspects of their cars before they embark on a long journey.

What Needs To Be Checked On A Car?

It is vitally important to inspect the key areas of your car at least once a month to ensure you are safe on the road. The following check-list should help you get a grip on this important task;

Engine Oil - Checking the level of oil in your engine is essential to ensuring the car runs smoothly and is well lubricated. Virtually every engine includes a dipstick to check the oil levels. The level should agree with the “full” mark on the dipstick, and the color should be light brown. Never overfill the oil, and change it according to your owner’s manual or when the color darkens.

Coolant - Another important part of the car is the coolant, which prevents the engine from overheating. Like the oil, there needs to be enough coolant in the tank to prevent accidents from occurring. If you notice that your coolant levels are constantly low, you may have a leak in your engine. Engine leaks require immediate attention by a professional mechanic.

Tires - Not only do tires need to have enough grip on them to be safe, they need to have sufficient pressure to remain buoyant and be able to deal with the tough surface of the roads. If you didn’t receive a tire-pressure gauge when you purchased your car, pick one up at your local auto parts store. Almost every gas station or garage has an air compressor that patrons can use to fill their tires to the proper pressure level. Legally, you must change any balding tires to prevent a dangerous accident, so check your tires regularly.

Windshield Wipers – When checking your wipers, the key is to be sure they make smooth contact with the windshield in order to prevent scratches or other damage. You also need to make sure you have a good amount of windshield-washer fluid at all times, as being robbed of the ability to see through your windscreen at the wrong time could be fatal.

Brake Lights – Making sure these lights work will help keep other drivers around you aware of what you are doing on the road. They should also be washed regularly as they can pick up dirt very easily.

The number of drivers that do not perform even the most basic checks on their cars is shocking. Failure to carry out these checks can mean that your car is a huge risk on the road, both to yourself and others. Maintaining the above key functions of your vehicle at least once a month will ensure that your car lasts longer and is safe to drive.

Source: Drive Steady

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Why Emergency Lanes Not for Escaping Jams?

KUALA LUMPUR: Klang Valley motorists continue to court danger by recklessly driving along emergency lanes to escape waiting in queues during traffic jams. A Streets check along the 36km stretch of the Federal Highway between Klang and Cheras during rush hour found motorists brazenly using the lane meant for emergency vehicles.

The check was conducted two days after two men were killed on emergency lanes in the city recently. In the first incident on Wesak day, a van travelling on the emergency lane at the Jalan 222 interchange on the Federal Highway crashed into a maintenance worker before dragging him for over 30 metres.

In the second incident, also on the same day, a motorcyclist died after the driver of a car travelling on the middle lane of the North-South Expressway near the Duta Toll Plaza lost control and hit the motorcyclist who was using the emergency lane.

Our checks also found that even during non-congestion periods, cars and other vehicles habitually used the emergency lanes. They were seen driving along the lanes to avoid congestion and weaving in and out of it into adjacent lanes to overtake other vehicles.

During traffic jams, motorists can be seen using the emergency lane from the moment they entered the highway until they reached their respective exits. One motorist was observed driving through the emergency lane from the stretch near Taman Jaya, Petaling Jaya, until after the Batu Tiga toll plaza.

Another motorist driving through the emergency lane almost caused a pile-up at the Sunway-Shah Alam stretch of the highway. The driver stepped on her brake just in time to avoid two four-wheel-drive vehicles which had broken down on the emergency lane. Behind her was a stretch of cars also misusing the lane.

Some motorists, meanwhile, stop their vehicles on emergency lanes to make or answer a phone call, ask for directions or wait for friends and family who were disembarking at bus stops along the highway.

When asked why they are using the emergency lanes, the most common excuses given were that they were not feeling well, they had to fetch a sickly relative and they had to answer the call of nature urgently.

Some had the temerity to blame the authorities for poor road planning. The Malaysian Institute of Road Safety, however, is not buying the excuses. Its director-general Prof Ahmad Farhan Sadullah said emergency lanes were only meant for emergency vehicles such as fire engines, police cars and ambulances or emergency situations.

"There are no exceptions to the rule and the police and Road Transport Department must be strict in enforcing the proper use of the emergency lanes," he said.

"Many motorists are prone to use emergency lanes during peak periods in the morning and evening due to the traffic congestion," he said, adding that hotspots for the abuse of the emergency lanes are near ramps and exits.

He also warned motorcyclists, not to use the emergency lanes as vehicles could lose control and crash into them as a result. He also said that accidents and unnecessary congestion occurred when motorists try to exit the emergency lanes and get into mainstream traffic.

He also urged motorcylists not to seek shelter under flyovers as they could be hit by other vehicles. Bukit Aman Traffic chief Datuk Abdul Aziz Yusof agreed with Prof Farhan, saying that the only excuse acceptable besides car breakdowns were to attend to a person with a medical emergency.

"When we catch a person without a real emergency stalling and driving through the lane we advise them to drive out of the lane," he said.

He, however, warned that those posing danger to themselves and others could face a maximum fine of RM300. Meanwhile, Aziz advised motorists and passengers to observe safety precautions if they need to park their vehicles in the emergency lane. They should park their vehicles inside the lane and place cones or hazard triangles.

He also called on them to stand behind the guard rails while waiting for highway patrol officers or emergency response teams.

Source: NST Online

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

What Causes Most Car Accidents?

Car accidents are a tragic fact in a society that is too busy to look where they’re going. As foolish as someone looks walking into a door, people who unwittingly drive into one another, and even inanimate objects, seem even more ridiculous, as they spike their auto insurance premiums and cause serious (sometimes life-threatening) damage to others. Find out which behaviors to avoid for safer drives, and which ones cause the most accidents per annum.

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Source: What Causes The Most Car Accidents?

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Speeding Comic - Citizen's Rage

For some reason, I really like this comic! Is it true? So Mr. officer, please educate, not punish. Poor citizen.


Source: Email

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Fasten Seatbelt Someone Needs You

Oh yes. My wife needs me. My little daughter needs me. My siblings need me. My friends need me. Not only just someone. The list will go on and on. Just to have you do a simple thing. Fasten your seatbelt. Could you do that? :)

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