Drive safely.

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  1. Jayce

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    I was heading down the highway today with my two brothers on our way home. A ford escort was in front of me. Traffic was steady at 65 or 70ish. Out of no where, the rear axle of the escort broke. The ass end of the car went all over the place. Luckily the guy got it under control and pulled over. I wanted to make sure he was okay, so I pulled over too. He was shaken up, but all right. His girlfriend was petrified, who was in the car in front of him and saw him spin out.

    He missed cars by inches. It could of easily been a 6 car pileup. It's a blessing nobody was hurt or any accidents were caused.

    I really think it's a blessing that my brothers were with me. The one who was sitting up front with me is getting ready to start driving. It was the perfect lesson, seen first hand of what can happen in the blink of an eye.

    For the love of God, keep a firm hand on the wheel and be alert at all times. Please.
     
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    "keep a firm hand on the wheel" preferably 2 hands. I went on a roadtrip this weekend through the Rockies and boy some of the moments were nerve-racking. Coming around the corners not realizing how sharp they actually are....
     
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    ...and don't forget to buckle up!!
     
  4. Jayce

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    I still do the "Damn, my car won't start! Who doesn't have their seatbelt on?" gig, and I'm 21 years old!

    Ya know, I actually believe you should do whatever you deem fit for you, as far as driving. Me personally? I believe I'm more of a hazard if I drive with two hands, because I have a tendency to wobble the wheel when using two hands. Plus I have a stick shift car so it's just a pain to try my best to keep two hands on the wheel. It's just all around easier if I get 1 firm hand. I do however, make sure that wherever I position my one hand on the wheel, that if a tire were to blow and the wheel go into a spin that my hand is positioned so it would prevent that situation from arising.
     
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    Sometimes a firm hand on the wheel isn't enough. Be sure your car is in good condition.

    Last year I was pulling our 10,000 pound 5th-wheel camper down the Interstate, at night, in the rain, through Denver, 75 mph. Once through the city we pulled over and spent the night, then started driving again in the morning. It seemed one of the wheels on the 5er was tilted out a bit, but it was hard to see in the side mirrors. I finally pulled over to check. Wheel was hot as hell and definitely tilted (bent axle). I let it cool awhile, then nursed it back onto the road, driving maybe 30 mph with blinkers on the next couple miles to the next (tiny) town and found a mechanic who would look at it. He told me to back up to his overhead door, but as soon as I started to back, the wheel popped off. Broken axle. I've had "nightmares" about that ever since. If it had broken while driving in traffic, or while navigating one of those sharp turns at 75 mph, it would have caused a very serious accident -- probably fatal. All because I neglected to have the wheel bearings checked/greased.

    We're all driving lethal weapons; we need to make sure they're in tip-top condition.
     
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    I assume you had a dual axle trailer? Granted it's still not a good thing, but I'd think that second axle would save the trailer from causing a serious accident, at least until you can get it off the road.
     
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    I live in a 5th wheel that is 13,800lb empty but I travel with everything I own in it. Two years ago in Texas I was on I10 when everything came to a stop. The electric hook up had came apart so I had no trailor brakes. I had the truck brakes on as hard as I could and did get it stopped but I'll bet I didn't have 5' to spare.
     
  8. heelfetish

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    I think Joe meant that the wheel coming off at 75 MPH would have flown across traffic, and at the very least caused cars to swerve to avoid it.

    Similar thing happened to someone in my family. However they weren't as lucky...

    Driving down a 2-lane (each direction) divided highway in a new car. A wheel came off a tractor trailer traveling in the opposite direction. It bounded across the meridian, and slammed into the front of their car. The passenger had just taken her seatbelt off for a second to give their 3-month-old twins a bottle. The impact sent her into the windshield.

    The car was a total write-off, and both adults have long-term effects from the crash. The babies are fine, however.

    It can happen, it does happen. :( Good job Joe on preventing what could have been a serious problem.
     
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    around here people tail gate so close alot of times you can only see thier roof in your mirror.
    I always leave plenty of room for them to wreck infront of me and me not be in it. my kids are relegious about seat belts, they will freak if I put the car in gear before they are belted.........it a good thing!
     
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    That's when I downshift, which causes my engine to slow down the car without braking, so they have no obvious indication I am indeed slowing down.

    Rawr.
     
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    I meant both ways. A wheel going through a windshield with a combined collision speed of 150 mph wouldn't be a pretty sight. Also, the way those dual axles are set up, if the wheel comes off of one, the other doesn't support it much. I was shocked when I saw what happened (at <1 mph). At 75 mph rounding a curve, I doubt I could have held it on the road.


    Well, thanks. But I never should have let it get to that point. If I'd have had the wheel bearings checked, like I should've, there wouldn't have been any incident at all. And it would have saved me $13,000. Wife didn't want to wait two days for a new axle, so we traded for a new camper, which we're now going to replace because it wasn't really what we wanted -- just the best choice on a small lot.
     
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    What are you pulling that monster with, Buffalo? We're planning to go full-time in the next year or so and trying to decide whether to go with a class A pulling a toad or just a bigger 5th wheel. My concern with the 5er is that our pickup (F250 diesel) isn't up to safely pulling a big one.