I must admit that I would have done it like the Police, The Armco crash
barrier is designed to deflect vehicles back into their lane to prevent
crossover crashes, so anything hitting your car would ricochet it like a
snooker ball in to the scene. The Police cars would ricochet in to lanes
1 & 2 but that could be a clear path whereas lane 3 certainly wasn't.
Mark's point about it also protecting the drivers door is also valid.
Fire appliances fend off with the front of the vehicle always turned to
the right because all their rescue equipment in mounted in the left hand
side lockers and so it gives a protected working environment.
Whilst I understand Mark likes his car and doesn't want it smashed up I
think I'd rather lose the car than my life. If you arrive at a scene
after it is protected then the correct position for the doctor and the
ambulances is, as he says, forward of the scene.
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[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Rowley Cottingham
Sent: 20 November 2004 21:01
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Fend off
Found an RTC on my way home from Leeds on the M1 yesterday. Not a major
problem, but I noticed that the Police parked in fend off opposite from
thought was correct.
The injured car had ended up in Lane 3 entirely. I stopped behind it
with my car
angled towards the central reservation and with the wheels turned also
central reservation. This meant that if the car was struck from behind
it would deflect
safely to the barrier and not into passing traffic in lanes 1 and 2.
However, the Police car angled everything the OTHER way, so that it
pushed if struck towards the other two lanes. Who was right? Why?
Consultant in Emergency Medicine.