Funny Car Safety Pictures
Will and Guy's collection of funny car safety pictures, also featuring, lorries, vans and bikes.
Safety Technologies Tested to the Limit
Perhaps the car should have been a black model. I guess this was literally an accident waiting to happen. A car just had to crash into one of those 'Thank you for driving carefully' signs.
James McGregor writes in saying the car is a BMW 325i Coupe (otherwise known as the 'Individual'), manufactured between 1992 and 1993. The eagle eyed amongst you may also spot CinQue Ports on the signpost. The original CinQuePorts were, Sandwich, Dover, Hythe, Romney and Hastings. Two more towns, Rye and Winchelsea were later added. Naturally, the country is England.
Original Car Safety - Red Flag Act - UK 1865
The Red Flag Act was the popular name for the Locomotive Act of 1865, in the UK which put severe restrictions on the steam carriages then being developed.
They were limited to 4 mph (6.4kph) in the country and 2 mph in towns, and they had to be preceded by someone on foot, at least 60 yards (55m) ahead, carrying a red flag. See etching to the right.
Amusing Car Safety Trivia
The first person to be killed in an automobile accident in the USA was Henry H. Bliss, a 68-year-old real estate broker. On September 14, 1899, in New York City, Mr Bliss stepped from a streetcar, turned to assist a woman passenger, and was hit by a cab.
The Travellers Insurance Company probably issued the first accident policy in the United States to James Bolter of Hartford, Connecticut, in 1864. The policy covered Mr Bolter for his walk from his job at the Post Office to his home on Buckingham Street. Cost of the premium: 2 cents per annum.
Pictures of poor car safety in Bermuda kindly sent in by Jayne West
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Maybe This Sign Fooled The Above Driver
It's signs like this make that for unfunny car safety incidents.
Funny Car Safety Signs from France
Ever since then France has been putting up funny road signs. The most notorious are the 'Toutes Directions' (all directions). For total confusion these signs are often placed next to another sign offering Autre Directions (other directions).
Brussels is home of the European Parliament and in true paralysis by regulation, they have not only have 'Toutes Directions' signs, but also a second sign translated into Dutch.
The latest French offering looks like a man trying to extinguish a monster cigar. Officially, this funny looking sign means - 'You can launch your canoe here'.
Lorries Passing on Narrow Track in Bolivia
Forget car safety, check out these lorry drivers in Bolivia
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