dan2112
Posts: 107
Joined: Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:01 pm

Almost hit this morning... collision avoided.

Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:49 pm

Anybody familiar with Bay Area driving will know there are some crazy drivers out there and this morning I encountered one. Here is the story.

I am driving in the left lane on an expressway with stop and go morning traffic coming up to a major intersection with very long left hand turn lanes marked with wide solid white lines. Well an impatient driver (Amazon delivery driver) decided he didn't want to wait for the left hand turn signal anymore and jumped in front of me (crossing the solid white line) into my lane. I was traveling around 20 mph (stop and go morning commute) and before I knew what happened the van was right in front of me. I laid on the horn, the car detected the obstacle and started beeping at me and I started to brake hard. I came within 2 inches of T-Boning the VAN.

For those who drive in "D" all the time and you are in traffic please consider this advise - learn to drive in L. I firmly believe this helped avoid a collision by getting some additional breaking time since the moment I lifted the accelerator the car was in "max regen" mode which slowed the car. I don't know if the collision avoidance system actually engaged (it did go off) because it happened so fast, but I would like think the stars aligned to keep the car out of harms way.

After all that - the driver "waved" and mouthed the word "sorry" and then pulled away as if nothing happened.
2017 Bolt Premier in Nightfall Grey

Pigwich
Posts: 240
Joined: Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:01 pm
Location: Southern California

Re: Almost hit this morning... collision avoided.

Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:44 pm

Upvote +1
(´・(oo)・`)

ghn
Posts: 27
Joined: Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:18 pm

Re: Almost hit this morning... collision avoided.

Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:53 pm

dan2112 wrote:Anybody familiar with Bay Area driving will know there are some crazy drivers out there and this morning I encountered one. Here is the story.

I am driving in the left lane on an expressway with stop and go morning traffic coming up to a major intersection with very long left hand turn lanes marked with wide solid white lines. Well an impatient driver (Amazon delivery driver) decided he didn't want to wait for the left hand turn signal anymore and jumped in front of me (crossing the solid white line) into my lane. I was traveling around 20 mph (stop and go morning commute) and before I knew what happened the van was right in front of me. I laid on the horn, the car detected the obstacle and started beeping at me and I started to brake hard. I came within 2 inches of T-Boning the VAN.

For those who drive in "D" all the time and you are in traffic please consider this advise - learn to drive in L. I firmly believe this helped avoid a collision by getting some additional breaking time since the moment I lifted the accelerator the car was in "max regen" mode which slowed the car. I don't know if the collision avoidance system actually engaged (it did go off) because it happened so fast, but I would like think the stars aligned to keep the car out of harms way.

After all that - the driver "waved" and mouthed the word "sorry" and then pulled away as if nothing happened.


Speaking of Regen I would like to disable the paddle and get full regen all the time and not have to try to find the paddle when I am trying to slow down fast.

At least the delivery driver did not give you the one finger salute!

dan2112
Posts: 107
Joined: Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:01 pm

Re: Almost hit this morning... collision avoided.

Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:57 pm

ghn wrote:Speaking of Regen I would like to disable the paddle and get full regen all the time and not have to try to find the paddle when I am trying to slow down fast.

At least the delivery driver did not give you the one finger salute!


Isn't that what "L" mode is - I think you would get even "more cowbell" by hitting the paddles in L mode, but I have not tried it. I always drive in L and find it pretty aggressive with a "full-lift" off the accelerator.

And yeah I gave him the the "WTF" look and went to work and changed my shorts.
2017 Bolt Premier in Nightfall Grey

User avatar
gbobman
Posts: 211
Joined: Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:18 pm

Re: Almost hit this morning... collision avoided.

Fri Aug 18, 2017 12:16 am

The brake uses the full regen of the paddle. Feel free to use the foot pedal up to 2/3rds of the way to use only that regen braking.

It has been noted in a few other places on this forum as well.
2017 Chevy Bolt LT (1st EV!)
2004 Chevy Monte Carlo SS
(found a new home :cry: )

DucRider
Posts: 599
Joined: Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:25 pm

Re: Almost hit this morning... collision avoided.

Fri Aug 18, 2017 2:04 am

gbobman wrote:The brake uses the full regen of the paddle. Feel free to use the foot pedal up to 2/3rds of the way to use only that regen braking.

It has been noted in a few other places on this forum as well.

And in the above situation, getting full regen is waaaaay down on the list of what's important. In an emergency stop, the brake pedal will stop you quicker than regen alone. Saving .01 kWh and hitting something is false economy - even if it is someone else's fault.
Gary

2014 Honda Fit EV - lease ends Jan 2019

phil0909
Posts: 269
Joined: Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:25 pm

Re: Almost hit this morning... collision avoided.

Fri Aug 18, 2017 3:49 am

DucRider wrote:And in the above situation, getting full regen is waaaaay down on the list of what's important. In an emergency stop, the brake pedal will stop you quicker than regen alone. Saving .01 kWh and hitting something is false economy - even if it is someone else's fault.


I think you're missing dan's point. Sure, you'd use the brake pedal, but the regenerative braking kicks in sooner than you are physically able to move your foot over from the accelerator to the brake and slam it down. You do get a little early slowing, and I agree with dan that it makes the car a little bit safer. It was one of the first things I noticed, and appreciated, about one-pedal driving.

dan2112
Posts: 107
Joined: Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:01 pm

Re: Almost hit this morning... collision avoided.

Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:19 am

phil0909 wrote:I think you're missing dan's point. Sure, you'd use the brake pedal, but the regenerative braking kicks in sooner than you are physically able to move your foot over from the accelerator to the brake and slam it down. You do get a little early slowing, and I agree with dan that it makes the car a little bit safer. It was one of the first things I noticed, and appreciated, about one-pedal driving.


Yes - that was exactly my point. The difference between lifting off the accelerator and mashing the brake in L mode is what I think helped make the car stop just that little bit quicker and in an emergency stop situation every millisecond counts.
2017 Bolt Premier in Nightfall Grey

DucRider
Posts: 599
Joined: Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:25 pm

Re: Almost hit this morning... collision avoided.

Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:42 am

dan2112 wrote:
phil0909 wrote:I think you're missing dan's point. Sure, you'd use the brake pedal, but the regenerative braking kicks in sooner than you are physically able to move your foot over from the accelerator to the brake and slam it down. You do get a little early slowing, and I agree with dan that it makes the car a little bit safer. It was one of the first things I noticed, and appreciated, about one-pedal driving.


Yes - that was exactly my point. The difference between lifting off the accelerator and mashing the brake in L mode is what I think helped make the car stop just that little bit quicker and in an emergency stop situation every millisecond counts.

I was referring to this:
use the foot pedal up to 2/3rds of the way to use only that regen braking


I always drive the Fit EV in "L" and Sport mode. Unlike most EV's, Sport, Normal and Econ modes have different HP available (123/100/63) and don't just change the throttle mapping. Not only do you sometimes need to stop quickly, sometimes acceleration is the best solution. Maybe that's a habit from several decades of motorcycling.

"L" is roughly equivalent in the Fit and the Bolt, and I agree that the instant slowing is a benefit and could be the difference between collision or near miss.
Gary

2014 Honda Fit EV - lease ends Jan 2019

ghn
Posts: 27
Joined: Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:18 pm

Re: Almost hit this morning... collision avoided.

Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:14 am

dan2112 wrote:
ghn wrote:Speaking of Regen I would like to disable the paddle and get full regen all the time and not have to try to find the paddle when I am trying to slow down fast.

At least the delivery driver did not give you the one finger salute!


Isn't that what "L" mode is - I think you would get even "more cowbell" by hitting the paddles in L mode, but I have not tried it. I always drive in L and find it pretty aggressive with a "full-lift" off the accelerator.

And yeah I gave him the the "WTF" look and went to work and changed my shorts.


Yeah I should have mentioned that I always drive in L mode. I would prefer that L mode use full regen when letting off of the accelerator, I do use the paddle to slow faster at times and I would rather not have to deal with it. I suppose that I might be in the minority on that one...

Return to “News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum”