AT 11:15 ON A SATURDAY; 10 SECONDS BEFORE WE NEARLY GOT KILLED
RacinBob last edited by
A drama at 105 feet per second; We were towing to a race last Saturday. Doing 70 MPH, Southbound I-94 Wisconsin in my Chevy Uplander van with my racecar trailer behind. (sorry, no dashcam video)
10 Seconds before; See brake light in traffic ahead and notice dark car sitting in crossover seen on the left. Assume it is state patrol.
8 Seconds before; See that it is a small Hyundai who is starting to pull out. I am looking with great interest hoping he is staying in the left lane. Unfortunately in the next three seconds he casually merges to the right lane and shows little interest in accelerating.
5 seconds before; I hit the brakes hard. However it has little effect as this is a 8000+ pound rig doing 70 mph.
1 1/2 seconds before; I adopt Plan B and change lanes to shoulder.
0 seconds; Pass him on the right horn blaring, 25 mph faster than him.
+1 1/2 seconds after; I have cleared him and merge back onto right lane, I guess no harm no foul.
The Hyundai gets off at the second Wisconsin Dells exit. The driver had a handicapped sign off his front mirror so I could assume he/she was elderly. This may not be true though as I don’t know how many elderly people drive small Elantras.....
I considered getting off, following him and calling the cops. But we were on a schedule and also sometimes stupid people carry guns so I kept on rolling. Besides, both of us were kind of stunned and we didn’t need any more drama that day.
I am glad the pass on the right worked as I do not want to contemplate the consequences of hitting a car at 25 mph closing speed with a van having a full load of tools, a full tank of gas, and a 4000 pound pusher behind me.
My takaways are;
always be mentally prepared
always ask yourself what is the other guy doing
if you can make the move, do it
We will let karma take care of the other guy.
VincentMalamute last edited by
I try to do your first three takeaways all the time. In the past, I have had trouble doing the last one. Hopefully, I'm better now that I'm older.
TheDutchTexan last edited by
My dad told me this when I started riding mopeds (first thing you could do in the Netherlands at 16 yo).
Expect the unexpected. Which pretty much means keep your eyes open and your head on a swivel. It is harder to ride distracted but even riders get distracted nowadays by phones because of ram mounts. I drive like I ride. Head on a swivel, always looking around. When I miss something I feel like an idiot, but then I hope the other driver is expecting the unexpected too.
My eyes are always looking at drivers I am about to pass, those who are about to pass me and looking where I can go if stuff goes wrong. It has been going good for me. I hope that continues. Dealing with a fender bender (or worse) is not on my wish list. Wasted time you never get back.
Glad you made it out OK. I can't stand people pulling out in front without absolutely sending it. At least make an attempt to get up to speed quick.
davesaddiction last edited by
@racinbob Shit... I just posted about a near-accident, too. Waaay too many people just not paying attention these days.
NomDePlume last edited by NomDePlume
The [insert any modern vehicle here] gets off at the second Wisconsin Dells exit.
Honestly that covered it. 10 word story with almost no variation for anyone who has ever driven that stretch of 94.