It is surprising that there are not MORE suicides correlated with that list, just based on general suicide statistics.
- General US suicide rate for men is 19.4 per 100,000 per year. (wiki)
- If there were 31,000,000 men on AM, let's assume a quarter are in the US, so 7,750,000.
- Based on the above suicide rate, one could expect 1503 suicides from that group within a year. That is 4.1 suicides per day.
People have discovered that 3 different people from the group committed suicide since it was dumped. Statistically there should be at least another dozen or two.
I am not a statistician, feel free to correct my math/assumptions.
ABS can fail in dangerous ways in my (anecdotal) experience. My first and only car has a failed ABS system, apparently from salt wearing away at the poorly designed connectors (2007 Yaris). In addition to slippery situations, the ABS would partially engage when braking if I happened to go over a sewer cover or a minor pot hole. In all situations it wouldn't properly engage though, so any time it activated it just reduced my braking to about 20% effectiveness. In was very unpredictable. I am a careful driver and this usually only happened when slowing down for a red light in snowy conditions - however the stopping distance with and without ABS was like 40ft versus 10 ft. It was like this when I purchased it, but having no experience with ABS I just assumed that was what ABS did. I asked people and they would just say that yeah, that's how ABS works - less power but more traction. One particularly bad winter it happened often enough that I feared driving with any snow on the ground, so I pulled the fuse to disable it. I brought it to the service shop and asked the techs to look at it - yeah it was a common problem with this model in Canada, but there was no recall. $1200 to fix but would probably fail again after a few winters. I left the fuse out and never looked back.
I personally don't care about the whole manliness thing, but I sure as hell feel safer with my ABS is disabled. Knowing that it can fail like that leaves me with very little trust for it in general.
The "parent with extra crap" stuff is actually easy to solve. Just get a large duffle bag with all the stuff and throw it in the trunk when the car shows up
This is what my wife and I do for our 10 month old. All of his stuff is in a large carry bag. Occasionally we have to add the stroller, but generally it is all taken out when we're at home. Of course, we only have one small car, and it would be a hindrance to leave things in it. I'd like to think we would do the same if we had a larger vehicle.
it is refreshing to have someone that doesn't... lie to voters
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