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Old 05-16-2012, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Forget gas mileage: The most striking aspect of the new Ford Focus Electric is what it doesn't have. "Battery-powered cars are intrinsically quiet, the motor sound falling between a whir and a whisper," marvels a New York Times review of the car. "But the Focus is deep-space silent, the quietest of the many electric cars Iíve driven."

Hybrid and Electric cars too quiet: Why they’re dangerous to pedestrians. - Slate Magazine
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:52 PM
 
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I read an article a couple of months ago on this, it said IF this becomes a problem they can equip the vehicles with noise makers similar to the ones they have to ward away deer...

Nothing like making a problem where there isn't one but I guess someone somewhere can always dream up something that is dangerous to someone and there will always be someone who is scared of his/her shadow....

The Silent Killer That Hasn't Killed Anyone
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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My concern is for bicycle messengers going the wrong way on a one way street. I was hit by one in NYC.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Bend Or.
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But tire noise is almost as loud as many car engines.
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Old 05-18-2012, 04:34 PM
 
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I was always taught to make eye contact with drivers when I am walking - that way I know that they know that I'm there. If people would just stop looking at their phones while walking, this wouldn't be a problem!
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:22 PM
 
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I was always taught to make eye contact with drivers when I am walking - that way I know that they know that I'm there. If people would just stop looking at their phones while walking, this wouldn't be a problem!
A little situational awareness goes a long way in surviving day to day. You'd think this would just be common sense but it seems to be lacking. I have a hybrid and people just do not pay attention in parking lots. I will back out ever so slowly and people just look shocked because without the gas engine running they just didn't "see" me, relying only on their hearing instead.
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:29 PM
 
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When it comes to parking lots doesn't make a difference whether you drive a hybrid, 100% electric or 100% gas/diesel...

PEOPLE DON'T LOOK

Don't know about anyone else but I watch for the reverse lights to come on in parking lots.
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