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Severe tire damage pseudo curbs

Not concrete ones.
 
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Take away the 1 foot high curb and replace it with hollow spikes placed every 3 feet or so.

This way when a driver loses control of his or her car, all they have to do is replace the tires. Not spend a couple grand for a whole new front end.

Antegrity, Sep 29 2005

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       I assume this is based on the Stinger / SpikeStrip principle that hollow spikes deflate tyres slowly allowing the driver to retain control while still forcing him to stop. Note the word 'retain'; if the car is already out of control, I don't think this would help.
angel, Sep 29 2005
  

       I like this because it is halfbaked in the best way: the well intentioned, superficially plausible idea which would be an absolute disaster if implemented.   

       And icing, for brevity.
bungston, Sep 29 2005
  

       lol
schmendrick, Sep 29 2005
  

       "Recipes for disaster" really ought to be the motto for this site.
DrCurry, Sep 29 2005
  

       The curbs are there so you dont go into the oncoming lane and die in a head-on collision.
sninctown, Sep 29 2005
  

       Where I live, there is a dim painted line seperating you from hurtling death in the opposite lane. Curbs are to protect lawns and flowers.
bungston, Sep 30 2005
  

       And since you are here, I assume that the dim line works well...
Ling, Sep 30 2005
  

       I would think the threat of the spikes themselves would be much more effective than an actual curb.
Antegrity, Sep 30 2005
  

       I've not seen many centerline curbs.
bristolz, Sep 30 2005
  

       We have a few in NYC, thin remnants of much wider strips with grass and trees.   

       I'm still wondering why we need to blow out the tires of the large group of people who need to pull over on a road for some reason, to save a modicum of money for some small number of people who lose control of their cars. And I'm also not clear how a 1' curb/kerb will cave in your whole front-end/bonnet.
DrCurry, Sep 30 2005
  

       To teach them a lesson of course.   

       Actually, near where I work, cheeky buggers are always parking on the pavement. This would be a good deterrent.
Loris, Sep 30 2005
  

       /to save a modicum of money for some small number of people who lose control of their cars/ - if you are plagued by this problem, as I am, that modicum adds up fast. This idea would also ameliorate the sheer terror felt by folks who look out their front window and see a car careening across their lawn towards them.
bungston, Sep 30 2005
  

       I have never lost control of my car. I dont see how you all cant understand how much damage curbs cause to cars. While not stoping them, let me add.
Antegrity, Oct 01 2005
  
      
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