An ambulance was making it's way through traffic on a call. Our city ambulances have very large horns that sound like a freight train. They are CRAZY loud. A lady in a Camry failed to notice the thing right behind her for two blocks. The poor ambulance driver was standing on the horn, siren going,etc... Finally, she moved over and stopped in the middle of an intersecting street. As I came along, she neither looked nor noticed me coming with MY horn blaring and pulled out right in front of me. I missed her by a few feet and continued onward. It must've sunk in how dangerous her actions were. As I glanced in my mirrors, the woman drove at 5mph under the limit for the next few minutes, falling farther and farther behind ambient traffic.
At a red light down the road, I found myself beside this person and tossed one of these on her hood. The light changed and she moved on. If she even noticed the bright yellow magnet on her black hood and provided she can read, maybe her driving will be done with more care from now on. Probably not. But, it felt better (and more legal) than kicking her door. =) (Posted on 5/3/09)
Great idea but it fails the test of time. I had a magnet affixed to my gas tank for about three weeks before I used one. In Los Angeles, I split lanes to get to the front of a red light. An aggressive driver in some BMW that looked like a mustang used the right turn lane to "split" as well. Light turns green. He punches it to get in front of the truck and then cuts left into me to avoid crashing into the parked cars.
I got off my bike at the next light and dropped this thing on his hood. It was obvious the little pocket of air would cause the magnet to simply fly off as soon as he passed 20mph.
I've given a dozen of these things away to friends I ride with (SoCalSVRiders). They've noted the same behaviour. The magnets fly off their gas tanks.
This is a novelty item only - not to be trusted to work in real life.
I would have rather redecorated the side mirror. (Posted on 4/15/09)