Velocity Times Mass

Frequent evidence of human beings being oblivious to basic physics exists. I thought that everyone had seen the picture of the piece of straw, impaled through a plank of wood, or heard that explosive sound that occurs when an immeasurable force hits an immovable object. I have pushed my car, but it is difficult to push it up hill, and I can’t go much faster than a relative crawl. We see the carnage that results from fast moving heavy objects virtually every day and anyone who has noticed the daily wear and tear on buildings and other parts of the human-created landscape, know that even the lightest things, take their toll when they move slowly, if there are enough of them. I have survived many auto collisions that would have been deadly if we, had just been going five or ten miles (8-16 kilometers) further per hour at the time of the crash.

Research shows that for every ten miles per hour (16Kmph) faster than the posted limit that we drive, increases risk of death, if a crash occurs, by fifty percent. The occasions that I had the unfortunate experiences of “leave the road” incidents alone could have killed me if I had carried more speed. The many times that I had my car severely overloaded, I always made sure to keep it slow, knowing full well that it was far more difficult to change speed and or direction. Basic physics, but lifesaving data if we all consider well the implications of our lead feet and inattention.

My sister puts it this way. We are all on the same team when we get out on the roadways.


About otherfishwrap

One of the last of the Baby Boomers, I remember where I was when JFK was shot. Good story. Born during the Cuban Missile Crisis, my life has been spent studying, practicing skills and attitudes that reflect justice and the sanctity of Earth, Air, Fire, Water & Spirit. Trained as an educator, my life has been devoted to cultural development and social justice.
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