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Traffic Jam 'Creep' Button

For that insatiable urge to move just a few yards forward ...
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As can be observed in the urban environment, drivers cannot help themselves but move a few yards forward in a traffic jam. this handy little Gadget simply makes it slightly easier for them. Instead of fiddling around with between the clutch and the accelerator, simply depress and hold a button on the dashboard that when depressed edges the car slowly forward until released.
I am no mechanic but I am sure this wouldnt be too difficult to make a small motor that runs from the Car battery and powers either 2 or 4 of the wheels in short 5 yard bursts or less.
It should help on that slightly cramp-like feeling you get after a bit too much jiggery-clutchery, and with the added pleasure of a new fiddleable button.
I know I would use it, but the question is would anyone else ?
The_Englishman_Abroad, Aug 05 2002


       is this an automated device like a cruise control that keeps you exactly three feet from the car in front, thus making it impossible for car in the other lane to slide in front of you when you've absent-mindedly left enough space for them to do so? hmm, deliberate public annoyances. I like it.
sappho, Aug 05 2002

       Hmm it wasn't intended to be saph, though I like the way you think..
I originally thought that there would still have to be button depressage for movement as it takes less effort (though only a little admittedly) to press a button than it does to fiddle with the clutch, once depressed and held the button would trundle you forward until you let go. you still have to keep half an eye on the road, but you cant stall with the 'Creep' button..
not that I ever stall of course ... *blush*
The_Englishman_Abroad, Aug 05 2002

       Half Baked, but I think it got deleted.
DrCurry, Aug 05 2002

       Really? oh boo.... I'll wander back to the proverbial drawing board then
P.S. know why the previous one got deleted DrCurry ?
The_Englishman_Abroad, Aug 05 2002

       TEA: I would imagine someone deleted their account.
DrCurry, Aug 05 2002

       Annoyed with the clutch? Get an automatic! Problem solved.
Having never driven a car in my life, I'm afraid I can't relate the brilliance of this device to my own life. Sounds kinda fun, though.
NickTheGreat, Aug 05 2002

       NTG: Don't worry.. in a few years you'll get your chance. Then it's time to become intimately acquainted with "Road Rage"..
Mr Burns, Aug 05 2002

       UnaBubba: Not quite right. After my Dad retired (previously a peaceable, considerate driver) he swapped his Volvo for a 4-litre Jeep and now careers round the local roads, cursing other drivers in the most foul language it's possible to imagine. I think he's decided he has nothing to lose and it's time to have some fun. Given his fluency in several languages, the results are quite amusing - Spanish is remarkably good for cursing in .... of course, he doesn't really want a Jeep - he wants a tank, so he can just drive right over the "roadhogs" in front ....
8th of 7, Aug 06 2002

       Nick, weren't you just bragging a couple of days ago about your Turbo Volvo which you dust BMW's with?
There exist at least 103 cases in the United States -- and hundreds more internationally -- in which a unique vehicle such as a bus, bulldozer, tractor-trailer, military tank, tow truck, or forklift was intentionally used to cause death and destruction. In a most spectacular example, Shawn Timothy Nelson, 35, a divorced, alcoholic, drug-taking plumber, had been watching his life crumble around him. He lost his job, his girlfriend left him, he broke his neck in an accident, and he had recently been evicted from his house. So what the heck: He stole a 57-ton U.S. Military M-60 tank. On May 17, 1995, in San Diego, Nelson entered a National Guard Armory, started up the heavily armed tank, and headed out for the highway. Barreling through six miles of residential roads and with 20 police cruisers trailing helplessly behind, Nelson mashed 20 cars, flattened vans, knocked over telephone poles, and squashed a telephone booth and a bus bench. The power lines that were knocked down left 5,000 homes without electricity Fortunately the tank's weapons -- a 105 mm cannon, 7.62 mm machine gun, and a 12.7 mm anti-aircraft gun -- were not loaded. Leaving behind a trail of destroyed vehicles, spouting hydrants, sideswiped bridges, and nail-biting insurance agents, Nelson's rampage finally came to a halt when his tank became immobilized astride a concrete highway divider. At that point, four police officers leaped onto the tank, opened the hatch with bolt cutters, and shot Nelson to death.
thumbwax, Aug 06 2002

       It's my dad's. And it's not turbo charged. Unfortunately.
Straight 6/24v/2.0 litre. M reg. Silver. Nice.
NickTheGreat, Aug 06 2002

       Jam creep. I have witnessed this phenomenon and I like to play with it.   

       I do not do this myself. In fact, I rebel against it. I like to leave a greater than expected space in front of me. It annoys people behind me. They see the space, and they feel that creep need. They can only get their creep fix if I move ahead to give them the room they need.   

       But I don't give it to them. No. I withhold it, I make them squirm. They do not like it. It makes them uncomfortable. I've actually had someone honk at me because I didn't roll ahead about 8 feet.   

       When I'm in front, I have the power.
waugsqueke, Aug 06 2002

       Waugs: Do you like to be the guy that takes up both lanes in a construction zone so that assholes can't go zipping to the front and try and merge in, instead of waiting in line like everyone else? Yeah, me too..
Mr Burns, Aug 06 2002

       No, I don't. If people want to be rude assholes, let 'em. Otherwise how will we know they are assholes?
waugsqueke, Aug 06 2002

       I forgot my glasses.
waugsqueke, Aug 06 2002

       NTG, you see I actually enjoy the feel of a manual gearbox, it gives me the freedom to change when I want... and considering I have a manual choke (oh yes...) then this is a very good thing, however the creep button allows you to drive a manual as well as avoiding the bother of the clutch...
and waugs, I can fully appreciate your game, I know I should leave more space ... but ... its there... just in front of me .. tempting me .....
The_Englishman_Abroad, Aug 06 2002

       have both? buttons are only small devices blissmiss.
The_Englishman_Abroad, Aug 06 2002

       So long as you're not on an upward slope you can do this with one pedal on a manual - the clutch. Leave the accelerator on idle and be very gentle with the clutch so you don't stall. The fact that it takes extra concentration is a bonus, as it help pass the time.
caspian, Sep 20 2005

       I'm learning how to drive at the moment. I refuse to use an automatic, and the manual is a pain in the butt to control- getting used to the clutch control is a nightmare!! Something like this button would help make me look like a proficient driver, YAY!!
chocolateraindrops, Sep 20 2005


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