: Survey: CLOSE CALLS
11-06-2003, 01:12 PM
What's the closest you (or someone in front of you) came to having an accident?
Let me explain with a really close call that occured yesterday:
I'm driving on the Taconic State Parkway here in NY, and two cars ahead of me, is a red pickup truck. we're approaching the Jefferson Valley exit. there's a right hand turn following by a 1/2-mile to 3/4-mile long sweeping left turn. although we don't know it, there's a traffic backup just at the exit of the right-hander. i see everyone ahead of me. suddenly i see all the stopped cars, and press harder on the brakes. the pickup truck i mentioned, having jammed on his brakes, begins to slide, (he and i were in the left lane). the truck, being to long to fit the width of one lane, starts entering the right lane, and there's a car right beside me, and the truck almost crashes right in front of my eyes. however, he was lucky he didn't hit anything. but knowing how much adrenaline can get pumped up in you, he pulled over for a breather...Whew!
OK, guys, you get it?
11-06-2003, 01:24 PM
The other day I was in the Focus on the way to change the oil. There was a right hand turn that I like to take really fast. I was at the apex of the turn and met a Crown Vic with lights on the top. I just barely twitched the steering wheel to the right, and the car slid a little bit. I wasn't close to wrecking it, but I thought for sure I was going to get a ticket. Crown Vic never turned around!
11-06-2003, 01:27 PM
oh man, here's an unrelated close call (relates to speeding and cops):
i was racing this Civic and we're doing 90+mph when all of a sudden i see this state trooping in the median facing us, the trooper's jaw drops, and i floor it to the nearest exit. never saw him again!
All this without detectors...[paranoid]
11-06-2003, 01:31 PM
My husband got stuck in BackStreet Boys concert traffic on the freeway one afternoon coming home from work, only one exit to the Civic Center in South Bound lane. Exit lane backed up for like 2 miles, some idiot decided that they wanted over in that non moving exit lane, dead stop, blinker on, in the fast lane. My husband driving single cab Ranger, dead stop in fast lane because of idiot, hears eighteen wheeler horn, down shifting, air breaks locking up and behold a jack-knife tracker trailer slides between him and the car next to him. Without hitting him, not everyone got so lucky as my husband. hubby had to take several breathers.....Whew.
11-06-2003, 01:40 PM
I was driving around just after it rained. traffic everywhere, and I see a break. So I get going finally to a decent speedand then all of a sudden a guy pulls out in front of me from a side street. I have slam on the brakes, I start to slow down and then my fronts lock up, now I'm slidingand the car ahead of me gets closer and close. I finally come to a stop maybe a foot from the other car. I hate wet roads[thumbd]
11-06-2003, 01:43 PM
Close calls? Probably several, 11 years of driving, no accidents cept I was being stupid when I was 16 in a truck on some back roads and hit a pile of dirt hard enough to jack the suspension.
Unless something is coming out of the air to fall on me, or I am stopped in traffic and get rear ended, I'm not going to have an accident, or many close calls.
11-06-2003, 01:47 PM
Now for mine, (Husband still cry's over this one) This really happen, I wish it was a close call....My husband had a 92 Camaro RS Show car with a 93 Z28 LT1 Motor and all the other goodies that went along with it. Beautiful day decided it needed to be drove without asking for hubby permission. Long story short, stupid freak summer rain shower, wet road, my inexperiance driving RWD Beefy V8, lost rear- end, off the road, nose first into a 50 year old crate bush.[eek] It was like I hit a bag of flour, pink flowers off the bush went everywhere. $3800 worth of damage.....hubby see's a crate bush, he doubles over in pain.
11-06-2003, 01:57 PM
My wife drove my car to work today for the first time...
driving along the M50 (if u seen this shit excuse of a motor way in ireland) anyway driving along behind a truck. a scooby comes up the inside in the slow lane passes me and dips in front of me. next thing i know a bit of wood bout 4 foot long comes of the truck hits the scooby the scooby vers of into the crash barrier i had to take to the grass to avoid the plank of wood. lookin back in the rear view mirror i catch a glance of the wood smashing into a poor mini! madness
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11-06-2003, 02:03 PM
what is a scooby?
11-06-2003, 02:04 PM
Originally posted by eggyolk
My wife drove my car to work today for the first time...
I did not drive the Camaro again, my rights were revoked....[:(]
11-06-2003, 02:27 PM
a scooby is a Subaru, it's slang term in the UK
11-06-2003, 03:21 PM
I love driving its so fun...I have many close calls and 1 major accident :) http://www.cardomain.com/id/avengerc4 heres my major accident...now onto the close calls :) I was driving to my uncles house on a nice rainy day...I was doin 30 down a 25 mph road and drove into an intersection...well right after the intersection there is a little sideroad that u can't really see and cars come out of it all the time...WELL I figure I have a green light so I'll go (just like I did in my other accident I really have to only go through yellows) so I go through I'm 1/2way through the intersection and the little road is litterally right after it and this car slides 1/2 way into my lane!!!! well its a 3 lane road 1 turn lane in the middle (of course) and so down the road a little bit right b4 that car came out was a guy who turned on his left turn signal (OH NO!!!!!!) well I HAVE to go into the turn lane or I'd slide right into that mother [:)][:)][:)][:)][:)][:)]*er who decided to slide into the middle of the road so as one hand is on the horn I slide (litterally slide cause I jammed the brakes too hard and I don't got antilock) into the turn lane as the guy who put on his turn signal slammed on his brakes and laid on his horn then slid right back into my land nailing my mirror against the trucks mirror...did I say car? oh well...so I slide to a stop get out to make sure the guys mirror is ok, mine almost cracked off cause focus mirrors don't fold in!!!!! :( but hiss folded in and it was all good....the guy that slid into my lane sped off b4 I could kick his car and beat the shit out of him...
next story...I was driving down a 35 mph road in my moms old van when a drunk [:)][:)][:)][:)][:)][:)] in a yukon decided to turn out right in front of me...WELL all I hear is SCREEEEEECH and my horn is on the whole time of course!!! I almost slide into the [:)][:)][:)][:)][:)][:)][:)]...me and 3 of my friends are in the van illegally might I add cause I just got my licence and they jump and and run after the yukon...one of em jumps on the back of it and the drunk guy gets out :) well he tries to throw a punch and plop falls on the ground :) well we go to the nearest house suprisingly someone I went to school with who was watching the whole thing and get the cops called on him as my friends run to my house down the road :) I drove to my hosue and the cops never came over to mine :)
these ARE true just fyi f u don't believe me
then another I was in my cougar (b4 it got totalled) and it was winter...well I was driving in the snow and stopped at a red light...I decide to look in my rear view mirror just cause and I see a stupid ass old guy in his trailblazer sliding toward me cause he can't stop....now keep in mind I'm at a red light....so I have to turn or I'll get jacked cause he tried the hitting the curb to slow down but he bounced off and still came toward me...so I gassed on it and went to turn through the red...well luckily one car was commin my way and he was a little way down the road so he had time to stop as I cut him off, and I nailed a no u-turn sign with my side mirror cause I slid into it and the trailblazer slid through 1./2 the intersection and almost slid into the car that was behind me and almost hit me....
I'll stop here although I do have more...I hate the drivers around here!!!!!!!! ARG!!!
11-06-2003, 03:22 PM
two days ago i was driving on the 95 towards baltimore, md when some idiot cut off a truck and almost ran into the car. the car didnt have much room to change lanes but took the risk and almost caused a disaster
11-06-2003, 03:25 PM
I'm not going to have an accident,
um.... the very definition of an accident means you won't see it coming fast enough to avoid!! I hope your never in an accident, but never say never!!
My close call that raised the pucker factor by the 100's was when I was stopped feet down on my murdercycle waiting for a car to make a left. All of a sudden I hear locked up tires behind me... look in the rear view and saw nothing but grill. Luckily the guy swerved and missed me, but scared the crap out of my and I almost dropped the bike. I regaind composure, caught up to the guy and it was a 60-70 yr old drunk guy. I wanted to beat his ass so bad. Took awhile to get the stains off the seat!
11-06-2003, 03:29 PM
I also forgot the one time I was in my focus I was driving home from my uncles...well I was followin a chevy truckl at 50 mph on a rainy road....well I saw him take this turn at about 45 so I took it at the same speed cause I'm a car hes a truck if he wonn't fishtail I won't....well my sub box nailed the side of my car and whack, I slid off the side of a road down an imbankment into a guys yard who was on his porch by the way, driving through his obstical course of trees and downed branches cause it was raining hard, onto his driveway and out onto the road again :) woulda stopped buit since he was on the porch I just kept goin :))))
11-06-2003, 03:35 PM
3 close calls for me
1. i was at an intersection , my light had just turned gren , i start to go forward, and some lady who was talking on her cell blows through the red light and stopped just about arms lenght short of hitting me
2.this one was my faule, i was was wating at a lifht to make a left ruen, i cut the car that was coming down off, and almost nailed hem
3.last one, i was driving down a t wasy stret, there was a car at a stop sogn waitng to go infrint of me, a truck passes on the sied where the stop sign is , and the lady who was at the sign went through it, i almost nailed her big time stupid lady blowing the stop sign
11-06-2003, 05:32 PM
This was not in my focus (though I've had some close calls in it, but nothing too memorable) but in my Toyota Paseo (MTX) I was driving it the first weekend that I got it and was on my way back from a party one night (was not drinking) in a part of the county that I wasn't familiar with. So, instead of taking the right turn to get back on the highway, I took a left turn, and was going about 55 down a road I didn't know. Well, I was going so fast that I didn't notice that the road turned to gravel, and out of nowhere I noticed I was heading straight for a huge boulder. I slammed on the brakes (not used to the MTX, so I didn't even push in the clutch) and my friend and I were screaming at the top of our lungs. I lifted the e-brake and we slid sideways and stopped literally an inch from the boulder. Had I hit it we both probably would've died (it was bigger than my car, more like a wall than a boulder). I started crying and swore I would never drive again, but I ended up calming down after having a banana milkshake at IHOP (just a plug for the yummies). From that point on, I started driving 35 mph tops on roads that I do not know.
11-06-2003, 07:55 PM
damn that even I woulda screemed for shit :) I never screemed for any of mine just got pissed off and slammed on the horn...that though even I woulda been screemin :) I dunn obout cryin I'd have to have it happen first :)
11-07-2003, 12:34 AM
Heya, I know exactly where you mean, the Taconic is a deathtrap, pure and simple :)
Anyways, last Saturday night I was coming home from work on the Palisades Parkway (taconic's twin sister that isnt quite as deadly for those not from around here) and was approaching the end of the parkway where it comes to a circle. This is where I usually start slowing down and relaxing a bit more, the stretch before it is always a dangerous deer area and my last car (96 escort) got broadsided by one back in '99 there. I switched off my high-beams and began to slow down as i rounded the curve. Suddenly, there is a deer standing over 6ft tall in the middle of the road. Thank god the focus can turn, cause I yanked the wheel real hard on my ZX3 and she turned on a dime and I barely missed the damn thing which never moved, just stared at me.
11-07-2003, 12:55 AM
Well.....I've had many close calls in my 83 celica mtx. The harriest one for me was ending up going between a wooden electrical pole and the support cable holding it up at 35mph or so. A foot or two one way and I bounce off a wood pole...or the other, I climb a support cable....neither happend.
One other comes to mind. I was flying up on this intersection...in my younger crazy days....cause I always caught this light...and was determined to beat it...so I'm humping up on the intersection at 75 or so and an old gray early 70's Nova takes a right turn on red....I'm probably 100 yards away and closing fast...so I downshift and slam on the brakes....now I'm in a four wheel lockup skid and the Nova's bumper's gettin bigger...the tire heat from the slide must have made the old T/A's grip b/c literally, right before I thought I was going to smack the hell outta that nova...the car decelerated so hard it threw my body forward and down...as I was being pulled down, I was waiting to hear the punch and see my front end buckle up when the brakes made this unblievably distinct sound...sorta like a loud grung...and I was stopped. My body bounced back up from the stop and I saw the Nova's ass right infront of me pulling away. I didn't have to check my draws...but my clutch foot wasn't wanting to participate for a few minutes. Either one...the pole/wire or the Nova....I got real lucky.