Thursday, October 06, 2005

near miss  

posted by Michael Piwonka 9:36 PM
I came dangerously close to having a car wreck today. A female driver pulled out in front of me from the right side of the road, her view blocked by a truck in the right lane. I was in the left lane, traveling slightly behind the truck in the next lane.

The road was wet from rain from the recent tropical storm, and I was traveling about 40 mph. We had all the ingredients for a nasty wreck, with the potential of me "t-boning" the car, putting my front bumper precisely in the driver's lap.

Fortunately I happened to be looking directly at the car, and had a moment of disbelief as the driver gunned it to cross the busy street. As she was obviously losing patience waiting for an opportunity to turn left on the busy street, I thought to myself, "you've got to be kidding. There's no way she can get across."

I immediately stomped on my brakes, which I was told not to do until I had about 1000 miles on my new car; I didn't even have 500 miles yet. But instinct kicked in, thankfully.

I felt the eery pulsing of the anti-lock brakes, and the car responded dutifully, stopping quickly on the wet pavement before I hit the car. I looked in my rearview window, and noticed a large U-Haul truck bearing down on me. I saw him stand on his brakes, as numerous cars started honking horns, most likely at the female driver. Fortunately, he pulled up short also.

I didn't even have time to honk my horn.

Fortunately my car behaved as advertised. My heart was racing, and I started driving a little slower in the rain.


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