Speeding and unsafe car modification can be fatal


 

I came across two video clips, which are certainly not only very horrific but also full of a lesson for all of us. The video is recorded by one of the occupants of the car which later crashed.  I hope the driver and all the other occupants of the car are safe although there is news that the driver/passenger sustained serious injuries. Please pray and wish for them all. May Allah give them earliest recovery.

There are two issues here; speeding, reckless driving and secondly doing unsafe aftermarket upgrades to your vehicle. People are fond of stretched out tires, putting excessive negative camber. [ changing tire angle with upper portion inwards, the contact area of the tire on the ground becomes outwards in layman language]

Please understand that changing a designed suspension system of your vehicle can be dangerous. All these excessive negative camber with wide tires make your car a “SHOW CAR” only. Additionally, people just buying aftermarket kits off the shelf and putting it on the cars at the workshop of their local “ustaad ji” with no vehicle dynamics and suspension physics in mind.  Furthermore, most of these aftermarket upgrades are of low poor quality. Regardless, all in all, these extensive visual changes or so called upgrades have no functionality.

Keep in mind, these show cars with such modifications like excessive camber as can be seen in this post , results in reduce traction, reduce braking performance, decreased stability on higher speeds.  Not only this, any negative camber above a certain degree and capability of a vehicle inbuilt specification puts a lot of stress on the entire suspension system including shocks , ball joints, tie rods and also change the steering geometry of the car. The steering system of a car is designed with specific suspension system, if you change any component and anything not within certain limits , it will result in adverse performance.

This also increase tire wear and tear. Increased heat generation within tires as the contact area of the tire is reduced and heat can’t dissipate quickly. The load transfer is not uniform as well due to improper tire angle. The life of tires is reduced and it can fail at any time. The tire is mounted on the wheel and it’s under certain air pressure which keeps it in place on the rim. Extensive Camber and stretched out wheels can result in tire bead failure which is basically the tire getting separated from the rim and thus result in tire blow out. Stretched out tires are again just for show and driving on it at high speeds is very dangerous. Same goes for extra wide wheels which are not compatible.

Speeding is very dangerous already and driving such cars on high speeds is just icing on the cake. Putting a stress on the entire vehicle dynamics will eventually fail and failure at high speeds can be very very unfortunate.  We don’t realize the dangers of rash driving and over-speeding even though we being the drivers completely understand the risks. This is all simple science/physics.  There is a strong relationship between speed, stopping distance and reaction time. Reaction time is how long a driver takes to see both danger and the time it takes the brain to realize the danger and process a reaction to a hazard, for example, starting to press brake pedal or making an adjustment to the steering wheel. The braking distance is the distance that a vehicle travels after brakes are applied. As your speed increases, so does the distance you travel while your brain is processing information and reacting to it, and so does the distance you need to stop. Increased speed and reduced reaction time while increased braking distance result in serious accidents. There is no substitute for safe driving.

Stop playing with your life and other lives associated with you. Please sign a resolution with your own self that you will work on becoming a safer and sensible driver. Don’t ruin your life. Think about all your loved ones especially your parents, who are thinking about you every single moment of their life. I myself a father of two little amazing kids , I share my personal sentiments here. Your few seconds of thrill can bring life long sorrow not only to you but your families and friends .

Don’t be selfish.

[Update: Bilal Malik, one of the passenger in the car expired earlier today. May Allah keep his soul in eternal peace and place him at highest rank in Jannah. May Allah give strength to family and friends to bear this huge loss. Ameen.]


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Fazal Wahab

I am Civil Engineer by Profession and have love for High Rise Towers, Underground construction and Carbon Fiber Composites, automobiles is my first love. Its my passion to know and share about anything new in automobile industry.

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  1. But I have seen many Mercedes cars with Rims angled as negative chamber. People say, "It is safety feature which enhances road grip".

  2. Well you are comparing dynamic chassis control which came with the car as designed. Also that camber you see is not more than 1.5 degrees and you see that in many peeformnce cars as well. Older Mercedes has that chassis control, lowering the vehicle with speed.. but again these cars came from factory with extensive research and development and also the negative camber is not more than 2 degree the most.. the entire suspension, steering geometry is designed for that max 2 degree camber. Additionally the entire system is calibrated and tested before it goes in your hand as customer.

    Here we are talking about after market modifications , with more than 6 or even more degrees of negetive camber , putting unwanted stress on the car suspension and dynamics. All after market high mebtive camber is just for show cars, display cars.. its unsafe and then driving them on high speed with streched out wheels is only calling for suicide.. All these cheap modifications with no physics and driving dynamics in mind and only aim is show.

    The blog didn't linked the video on basis of which this article is written.

    Here it is. https://youtu.be/K4XMlT6UZks

  3. i have absolute no sympathy for those who overspeed and are reckless on public roads .

    over-speeding is sick ,anti social and F**** up behavior. not only you have zero regard for the life of others , you have zero regard for your own/ your family life too .

    dying in the process is merely karma when you gambled with your own life . jis ko marne ka shoq hai , let him be

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