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  1. Phantom traffic jams (queues of traffic not caused by vehicle collisions or roadworks) are the result of a single driver braking suddenly, causing each successive car to break to a greater degree, creating a wave of stopped or slowed traffic.

  2. Jason Statham almost drowned during the filming of The Expendables 3 when a truck's brakes failed and it plunged into the Black Sea, but survived thanks to being an Olympic-class diver.

  3. The largest electric vehicle on Earth, a monster dump truck, never has to recharge because it moves uphill empty but downhill full, and regenerative braking with a full load provides enough electricity for it to go uphill again.

  4. Lyndon B. Johnson owned an amphibious car and would prank visitors to his ranch by driving down a hill into his lake while yelling that he had bad brakes

  5. Bertha Benz successfully marketed her husband's invention, the motor car, when she took it for a 65 mile trip, overcoming mechanical problems and inventing brake shoes on the way, and proving that cars were suitable for long journeys. Her trip gained attention, resulting in Benz's first sale.

  6. President Lyndon B. Johnson owned an amphibious car, a car that serves as both a vehicle and a boat. He used it to scare guests by driving them into his lake while screaming that the brakes were malfunctioning

  7. President Lyndon B. Johnson owned an amphibious car, a car that serves as both a vehicle and a boat. He used it to scare guests by driving them into his lake while screaming that the brakes were malfunctioning.

  8. The London underground system, once advertised as a cool escape from hot weather, has been slowly heating up due to dissipated heat from trains braking being captured and retained by surrounding clay, a natural insulator.

  9. President Lyndon B. Johnson owned an amphibious car and would scare his guests by driving into a lake, screaming about brake failure.

  10. Rolls Royce offers a course called "White Glove Experience" to teach chauffeur's how to, among other things, minimize fingerprints on door handles and brake the car without kickback.

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braking fact data chart about The first 4 days of me driving my first car! Black box monit
The first 4 days of me driving my first car! Black box monitoring how 'well I brake... will repost in a month or so when there's more data :)

What are some fun facts about braking?

Bavarians of Hitler’s era referred to his style of mustache as a Rotzbremse, or “snot brake.”

Hugh Grant got busted for soliciting a prostitute because he kept pressing his brake pedal with his foot while receiving oral sex, causing a police officer to notice the flashing brake light.

In 1993, 16-year-old Keron Thomas posed as a train conductor and drove an A train for three hours and safely delivered passengers to their destinations before he accidentally triggered an emergency brake on a fast curve.

When filming Return of the Jedi, Carrie Fischer would get quite concerned for Warrick Davis, who was only 11 years old at the time, being in that hot Ewok suit, so she would have chocolate milk and cookies ready for him whenever they took a brake

Lyndon B. Johnson owned an amphibian car which he drove into lakes while screaming that his brakes where malfunctioning.

LBJ had an amphibious car on his Texas ranch. He would drive new visitors around in it, then pretend the brakes had gone out and drive into a pond.

LED brake lights can turn on up to 0.5 seconds faster than incandescent ones. This can increase reaction times by up to one car length at highway speeds.

President Lyndon B. Johnson owned an amphibious car which he would use to prank his guests by driving into a lake while screaming about brake failure

President Lyndon Johnson would play pranks on unsuspecting guests by driving his amphibious convertible into lakes screaming about the brakes being out

Montreal's subway trains use brake shoes made from wood soaked in peanut oil. They are quieter and don't wear out metal wheels as much as more conventional alternatives.

Yuri Gagarin had to eject himself and parachute down to Earth because his reentry from space in the capsule would have killed him as it had no brake mechanisms to slow him down sufficiently - fact check

Bertha Benz, wife of the inventor of the first modern automobile, who made the first ever long-distance drive to market the invention. Along the way, she used her garter to repair the ignition and invented the first pair of brake pads. The 66mi trip took her the entire day.

Lyndon Johnson liked to scare visitors to his ranch by driving his amphibious car downhill into a lake while shouting "The brakes don’t work! The brakes won’t hold! We’re going in! We’re going under!"

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) can actually dramatically *increase* stopping distances and make braking worse on gravel, sand, and deep snow

Back in 1981 a train engineer in India slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting a cow on the tracks, which caused a wreck that killed over 500 passengers

Elevators fall up ... If the brake fails the counterweight will fall slamming the cab into the roof ( industry term willywonka-ing)

In 'The Shawshank Redemption', Red was serving a life sentence for three murders. He killed his wife by cutting the brake cables on her car. The resulting crash also killed a neighbor and their child.

President Lyndon B Johnson owned an amphibious car. He was known to frighten visitors to his Johnson City, Texas ranch by driving them down a hill straight into a lake while shouting that his brakes weren't working.

Fuel tankers are pretty sophisticated. Baffles in the tank to evenly dissipate the force of liquid moving when the truck is accelerating or braking. Without baffles, the liquid keeps moving forward to surge and push against the front wall of the tank, increasing risk of rollover.

In 1888, Bertha Benz completed the first long distance road trip in a gasoline powered automobile. On the way she stopped for 'fuel' at a local pharmacy (making it the first filling station in history) and invented brake lining on the way. The trip covered 121 miles.

If a trucker is trying to change lanes in front of you, you can flash your headlights to let them know it's clear; they'll flash their brakes to say thanks. - fact check

President Lyndon B Johnson owned an "Amphicar," an amphibious car and would surprise unsuspecting guests by driving down a steep incline towards a lake and scream "The brakes don’t work! The brakes won’t hold! We’re going in! We’re going under!"

The French TGV bullet train was clocked at 584 km per hour, and holds the current speed record. The train had to brake for 16 km before it could stop completely.

Statements such as "dihydrogen monoxide, also known as hydroxyl acid, is the main portion of acid rain", and "may cause electrical failures", and "may cause decreased brake effectiveness" are all true statements - about water.

After a 1960 accident which killed a young spectator, racing driver Dan Gurney developed life long fear of heavy braking which resulted in his brakes lasting longer than those of his competitors - an important factor in endurance races. This contributed to his LeMans and Daytona victories.