cheadle hulme wrote:DougR wrote:Tell your martian buddy that a stationary vehicle on the hard shoulder of a Brit motorway has a 50% chance of being involved in an accident inside an hour.
My martian buddy finds this hard to believe and asks if you have any evidence for the rate you quote?
since this has been bumped and is obviously ludicrous, I found this
https://www.autobutler.co.uk/blog/11-mi ... d-shoulder
"Did you know the average time before a car is hit by another vehicle is 11 minutes when stopped on the hard shoulder?"
And a source, which says something completely different
"Between June and September 1999 the Highways
Agency instigated a questionnaire survey of drivers
stopped on the hard shoulder to determine their reasons for
stopping and, where vehicles were there as a result of an
accident, the circumstance"
"Three hundred and sixty vehicles (77% of the total)
had stopped on the hard shoulder as a result of
accidents. Twenty four of these had been involved in
collisions with vehicles already on the hard shoulder.
Vehicles hit while parked on the hard shoulder had
been there for an average of just over 11 minutes
and, in two cases, for as little as 10 seconds."
In other words of about 468 vehicles questioned on the hard shoulder, 24, or ~5% had been in accidents while stopped on that hard shoulder. And of those 24 that were hit, the average time before they were hit was 11 minutes.
That of course leaves 444 vehicles that were not hit.
Which makes the 11 minute & 30 minute stats ridiculous.