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I had a young girl dart out into the street right in front of me a few minutes ago. Luckily I was driving my C7. I stood on the brakes and stopped about 2 feet shy of hitting her. I'm not sure I would have had the same result with any of my other vehicles. I'm so happy this car has such incredible brakes and traction!

Ok, I think my heart has started beating close to normal again.
 

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Wow! Thank God for not only the car but your own reaction time! So grateful she wasn't hurt.
 

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Dasyatis:

Scary but good post. Sharing your experience makes me want to be even more alert as I drive my C7. Excellent stopping is one of the great handling characteristics I have noticed with my C7, although that has so far merely allowed me to stop quicker at traffic lights that just turned yellow in front of me.

Pedestrian safety is a particular challenge in the area I live as it is a resort with many tourists crossing the roads to get to and from the beach this time of year. I will keep your experience in mind. You should be proud. Tnx for the post..
 

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So glad you were able to stop!
 

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Me too...
When I was two months away from my 17th birthday, a 5 year old riding a tricycle came right out in front of me as I was driving down a neighborhood street. I was actually driving slower than the speed limit, but there was a car parked on the curb right in front of a driveway and the kid came flying down the driveway and into the street in front of me. I only saw a blur of something for the 1/2 second it took for the kid to move from in front of the parked car into my path. There wasn't anything I could do to stop in time. The investigating detective told my dad that even as an experienced driver, he wouldn't have been able to have stopped in time either. I'll never forget that moment and I wouldn't want anyone else to ever have to go through something like this. Just a few feet or a few seconds can make a world of difference.
 

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When I was two months away from my 17th birthday, a 5 year old riding a tricycle came right out in front of me as I was driving down a neighborhood street. I was actually driving slower than the speed limit, but there was a car parked on the curb right in front of a driveway and the kid came flying down the driveway and into the street in front of me. I only saw a blur of something for the 1/2 second it took for the kid to move from in front of the parked car into my path. There wasn't anything I could do to stop in time. The investigating detective told my dad that even as an experienced driver, he wouldn't have been able to have stopped in time either. I'll never forget that moment and I wouldn't want anyone else to ever have to go through something like this. Just a few feet or a few seconds can make a world of difference.
Luckily there were no parked cars and I saw them playing by the street, oblivious to me coming down the street so I already had slowed to below the limit half expecting one pf them to pop out into the street. As I neared, one of them peeled off and ran down the sidewalk so I was four possibles now down to one. She makes a hard left into the street. She doesn't look back at all. She didn't even realize I was there until she heard the grind of the tires on the pavement as I killed the engine coming to a stop. I'll think I'll have visions of her standing in front of my car for awhile. I'm so glad I have this particular car and was driving it today or a number of lives would likely be changed forever.
 

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Luckily there were no parked cars and I saw them playing by the street, oblivious to me coming down the street so I already had slowed to below the limit half expecting one pf them to pop out into the street. As I neared, one of them peeled off and ran down the sidewalk so I was four possibles now down to one. She makes a hard left into the street. She doesn't look back at all. She didn't even realize I was there until she heard the grind of the tires on the pavement as I killed the engine coming to a stop. I'll think I'll have visions of her standing in front of my can for awhile. I'm so glad I have this particular car and was driving it today or a number of lives would likely be changed forever.
That is defensive driving. Use horn for alert. Your ability to see what was possibly coming is how I try to drive. I look far and wide to watch the patterns on the road, interstates as well as side streets in my neighborhood. I've never had a crash no matter how minor or who's fault..
 

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Excellent stopping is one of the great handling characteristics I have noticed with my C7, although that has so far merely allowed me to stop quicker at traffic lights that just turned yellow in front of me.
Careful, some of those idiots behind you might not be driving a C7 when you torpedo the brakes! This is coming from somebody that has been blasted from behind while stopped at a red light......although we were stopped for about 10 seconds before numb nuts came along.
 

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I had a young girl dart out into the street right in front of me a few minutes ago. Luckily I was driving my C7. I stood on the brakes and stopped about 2 feet shy of hitting her. I'm not sure I would have had the same result with any of my other vehicles. I'm so happy this car has such incredible brakes and traction!

Ok, I think my heart has started beating close to normal again.
Dasyatis,
You're not driving while posting this are you? LOL
 

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Careful, some of those idiots behind you might not be driving a C7 when you torpedo the brakes! This is coming from somebody that has been blasted from behind while stopped at a red light......although we were stopped for about 10 seconds before numb nuts came along.
Yup thats why I give a quick brake and make sure they can handle it, otherwise I'll just go thru the light slowly. Considering the 10 seconds "blasted from behind" while stopped. I hope it was a safe maneuver. Sure doesn't sound it. That kinda story makes me not want to drive.
 

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Dasyatis, thank you! I'm sure you saved alot of people from feeling grief and tragedy.

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When I was two months away from my 17th birthday, a 5 year old riding a tricycle came right out in front of me as I was driving down a neighborhood street. I was actually driving slower than the speed limit, but there was a car parked on the curb right in front of a driveway and the kid came flying down the driveway and into the street in front of me. I only saw a blur of something for the 1/2 second it took for the kid to move from in front of the parked car into my path. There wasn't anything I could do to stop in time. The investigating detective told my dad that even as an experienced driver, he wouldn't have been able to have stopped in time either. I'll never forget that moment and I wouldn't want anyone else to ever have to go through something like this. Just a few feet or a few seconds can make a world of difference.
Sorry you went through that, especially that new in your driving experience. Definitely something that will be burned in your memory forever, and even though you couldn't have done anything differently and it wasn't your fault, you can't help but feel the tragedy. Did the child survive the accident?
 

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Sorry you went through that, especially that new in your driving experience. Definitely something that will be burned in your memory forever, and even though you couldn't have done anything differently and it wasn't your fault, you can't help but feel the tragedy. Did the child survive the accident?
Yes, you definitely do feel the tragedy. The child did not survive but passed away within a couple of hours of the accident.
 

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While there is no database documenting lives saved by alert drivers in high-performance cars (with high-performance brakes), not only would it be impressively large, but it would put the "shut" in the "up" on people's faces who scowl at our sports cars. Stupid scowlers.


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I was reared ended in my 95 Coupe by a BIG jacked up 4X4 when I saw I couldn't leagally make it through the intersection before the yellow would turn red. What was funny is later that day at my favorite body shop the adjuster said "you won't believe this but the truck that hit was just in". He said the truck had more damage then my C4. That made me feel good.

But I did feel sorry for they guy as I'm sure he thought I would sail on through that yellow and not stop in so short of distance.
 

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Yes, you definitely do feel the tragedy. The child did not survive but passed away within a couple of hours of the accident.
Very sad, sorry you had to go through that and now have that memory to deal with.:(
 

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Very sad, sorry you had to go through that and now have that memory to deal with.:(
God brought me through it and I'm at peace with what happened. It's just sad that it happened. The child would have been about 32 right now. I'm so glad the OP didn't hit the child he had to brake for.
 
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