I've just picked up my lunch and I'm on my way home. Traffic ahead is at a total standstill. To my right, I see a road I know to be a shortcut, so I turn onto it. Shortly after getting on, I see a yellow Chevy Tracker coming from the opposite direction, with a signal on to turn across my lane into the mall. Next thing I know, she's turning RIGHT in front of me and I'm standing on my brake, unintentionally laying on the horn with the way I grabbed the wheel. I slide a fair distance but manage to miss hitting her. She looks surprised, as if she couldn't see the BRIGHT BLUE car coming up the road, or that she expected me to come to a stop and let her by.
That scared the crap out of me (not literally). Normally, when someone cuts into my lane, from whatever direction, I see it coming and am prepared. This time caught me completely off-guard. I don't know how I didn't see it, but BAM! she was just THERE, in my lane. Thank GOD for the Brembos! Big brakes saved me and my car today. Had I been in any other car I've ever owned or driven, short of the 914, I would have been unable to avoid plowing into the side of that Tracker. I don't know what possessed her to turn in front of oncoming traffic but...I now realize the difference between these brakes and the ones on other cars! I suspect I slid some since my tires are nearly bald.
Today, I'm especially happy to be an STi owner. However it happened that I didn't see her coming, these brakes made up for it, though I can't count on that all the time.
STi: 0 (STi brakes 1?)
I think I'll be doing any upgrade short of total brake replacement that will allow my car to stop faster...I now realize how important they are.