Two Texas men have died in Louisiana while apparently trying to replicate a movie stunt: jumping a draw bridge in a car.
Please do not try to follow their example. These things may appear to work in movies but the laws of physics cannot be suspended in the real world! Attempting to do these car maneuvers you may have seen in movies is not going to end well.
LAKE CHARLES, La. — Two Texas men are dead after trying to jump a compact car across the gap on a raised drawbridge.
Louisiana State Police say it happened shortly after 2 a.m. Friday at the Black Bayou Bridge about 6 miles (9.65 kilometres) south of Lake Charles. Investigators say the bridge was closed to traffic to let a boat pass through on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Witnesses say the car’s passenger pushed the gate arm up and they drove the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze up to the raised section. They backed up, then accelerated forward, trying to jump to the other side. The vehicle landed in the water and sank.
State police say 23-year-old Alejandro Cazares of McAllen and 32-year-old Roberto Alejandro Moreno of Edinburg were pronounced dead at the scene.”
We came across some videos on Distracted Driving from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The USDOT uploaded these videos to YouTube in 2011 and 2012 but the message is still very relevant. The videos are all part of a USDOT series on “Faces Of Distracted Driving”:
Here’s another video on Distracted Driving we came across on YouTube:
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Although we are based in the Cowichan Valley, we recently received some queries from the Courtenay / Comox area inquiring whether we offer Class 5 and Class 7 Driving Lessons in the Courtenay / Comox area.
We put up a Facebook advertisement for the Courtenay / Comox area asking whether there was interest from area residents in taking lessons with us and we got some lesson bookings as a result of the Facebook advertisement.
So West Coast Driver Training & Education Inc. will now be offering Class 5 and Class 7 lessons in Courtenay / Comox on Saturdays.
We will look at whether there is any interest in Class 4 lessons in Courtenay / Comox and, if so, we will start offering Class 4 lessons in Courtenay / Comox on Saturdays as well. We will also start offering ERA lessons for seniors in Courtenay / Comox if there is interest in that.
If you are a Courtenay / Comox area resident and you are interested in taking Class 5 or Class 7 Driving Lessons with West Coast Driver Training & Education Inc. could you please let us know by phone / text at 250-732-8093, by email at mark@WestCoastDriverTraining.com or through the dialog box at the bottom of this page.
We came across this 1931 advertisement for Willys cars and trucks placed by the Victoria Willys dealer, Thomas H. Weeks & Sons Ltd., 968 Yates Street. According to the advertisement there were two other Willys dealers on Vancouver Island in 1931: Ira E. Lowe in Ladysmith and Joseph Hemm in Courtenay. Continue reading 1931 Advertisement For Willys Cars And Trucks
Here is a 1947 advertisement for Dunlop Tires featuring British racing driver John Rhodes Cobb (1899-1952), who set a world speed record of 394.1 miles per hour in 1947.
This speed record was set at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah on 16 September 1947 when John Cobb attained a speed of 385.645 miles per hour on the south bound run and a speed of 403.135 miles per hour on the north bound run. The mean speed of 394.196 miles per hour became the world speed record, breaking the previous record of 369.8 miles per hour which had been set at Bonneville by John Cobb in 1939.
Although we are based in the Cowichan Valley, we recently received some queries from the Courtenay / Comax area inquiring whether we offer Class 5 and Class 7 Driving Lessons in the Courtenay / Comox area.
To date we have not been offering Driving Lessons in Courtenay / Comox but if there is sufficient interest we would definitely be willing to offer Class 5 and Class 7 Driving Lessons in Courtenay / Comox one day a week, perhaps on a Saturday or Sunday.