Worsification – the composition of bad poetry.
An Automobile Association survey shows nearly 60% of people who have anti-locking braking systems don’t know how to use them.
However, road safety consultant Peter Sheppard says the number who don’t know how to use ABS brakes, is even higher than the AA survey, at 69%.
Both Mr Sheppard and the AA say that if everyone who has ABS, knew how to use it properly, that would save lives.
When I was taught to drive I was told not to jump on the brake pedal in an emergency but to pump it to avoid locking the brakes and skidding.
However, after listening to the audio on the link above I’ve leaned that isn’t the way to make an emergency stop in a car with ABS brakes. Contrary to what I was taught, you’re supposed to hit the brakes hard and let the electronics take over.
On December 28:
1065 Westminster Abbey was consecrated.
1768 King Taksin‘s coronation achieved through conquest as a king of Thailand and established Thonburi as a capital.
1795 Construction of Yonge Street, the longest street in the world, began in York, Upper Canada (present-day Toronto.
1836 – Spain recognised the independence of Mexico.
1856 Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, Nobel laureate, was born (d. 1924).
1867 United States claimed Midway Atoll, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits.
1879 The Tay Bridge Disaster: The central part of the Tay Rail Bridge in Dundee, Scotland collapsed as a train passed over it, killing 75.
1879 Billy Mitchell, American military aviation pioneer was born (d. 1936).
1908 An earthquake rocked Messina, Sicily killing over 75,000.
1934 Dame Maggie Smith, British actress, was born.
1945 The United States Congress officially recognised the Pledge of Allegiance.
1950 The Peak District became the United Kingdom’s first National Park.
1953 Richard Clayderman, French pianist, was born.
1954 Denzel Washington, American actor, was born.
1956 Nigel Kennedy, British violinist, was born.
1989 A magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Newcastle, New South Wales, killing 13 people.
1999 Saparmurat Niyazov was proclaimed President for Life in Turkmenistan.
2009 43 people died in a suicide bombing in Karachi, Pakistan, where Shia Muslims were observing the Day of Ashura.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.