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Old 08-11-2003, 06:08 AM   #15
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Six years ago on the way home from work on I-96, driving a 4x4 Dodge Ram 2500 diesel, the traffic stopped a head of me and of course I stopped but not that hard when the young woman behind me in a Honda Prelude who was tailgating did not stop. Heard the squeal of locked up brakes and felt the rear of the truck go up in the air. When I got out to look I see she is under my trailer hitch which is about half way up her hood. The rear of the truck has no damage I can see. When going to pull off the road surface I find my rear wheels are lifted high enough the wheels just spin. Easy, shift into 4wd and pull off of her and take her hood with me. Only damage to the truck is her white paint on the bottom of the trailer hitch.


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Old 08-11-2003, 09:53 AM   #16
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That's happened to me twice in the past year. Thankfully I was in my f150 both times, so I came away with out a scratch. Unfortunately I had some fool on a cell phone in their Excursion rear end my F350 and cause 4 grand worth of damage. Insurance paid for it, but that's beside the point. I'm getting tired of catching bullets because of other folk's stupidity, lack of experience and sheer ignorance of physics. I have to say I'm glad I don't have a firearms carry permit, lest I might be in jail because of one of these legion of fools on the road.



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Old 08-13-2003, 04:49 AM   #17
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I had someone pass me not long ago while they were trying to make an entrance onto the interstate from a ramp. The only problem with that is that they didn't yield and they ran out of ramp. They were merging into my lane from the left side.

Our rig is almost 53' long from bumper to bumper but that didn't seem to detour them, they kept on coming and seemed to be determined to get around us regardless. They ran right on into the median strip until they got around us. I finally had to slow down because I didn't know what they were going to do, if they were going to hit us or what.

Had they lost control someone could have gotten killed! People need to think and some of them just simply don't!
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Old 08-13-2003, 07:55 AM   #18
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here is my post from a few months back:

I had an experience a few months ago traveling through Los Angeles where a Volvo decided I wasn't traveling fast enough (55 mph) in the slow lane so she passed me on the left and then immediately cut back in front of me to exit the freeway. Unfortunately for her the off ramp was backed up and she had no where to go. There were other vehicles in the lane beside me so I decided it was her time to go. I eased off the gas and braced for the broadside collision. Someone must have seen what was about to happen and made an opening for her to get off the freeway so she got to live another day.

People do not realize that you can not stop 12,000 pounds of mass travelling at 50-60 mph on a dime.
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Old 08-13-2003, 12:41 PM   #19
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Originally posted by gwsullivan
here is my post from a few months back:

I had an experience a few months ago traveling through Los Angeles where a Volvo decided I wasn't traveling fast enough (55 mph) in the slow lane so she passed me on the left and then immediately cut back in front of me to exit the freeway.
I had one like that on I-10 in Florida. Big, old sedan. I knew the woman was passing, but until she was almost broadside in front of me, I had no idea she was going to cut me off. She took out the reflector post at the top of the exit ramp. The only thing that saved he after that was that it had rained for a week. She spun broadside down the hill, throwing fountains of mud, almost to the intersection below. I saw it all because I had instinctively locked up the brakes when she cut me off and was down to a crawl on the shoulder by the time she got stopped below. I shook for a while.

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