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Wardster

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Posted: 09/16/19 05:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Was travelling to Paducah, Kentucky this afternoon for work and recorded the video below of a tractor trailer running off the road. He did a good job of recovering, but he peppered me with dust, debris, and part of a barrel that passed beneath the truck. This happened on I-71S just north of Louisville, Kentucky. Fortunately, there was no damage to my truck or the NL, but I can't say for certain if the same is true for the driver's seat.

https://youtu.be/mmVz4ojMao0


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Posted: 09/16/19 05:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Following erratically driven semi so closely?
You deserve new underwear.





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Posted: 09/16/19 05:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Everyone is lucky he recovered back to pavement ok. It could have been disastrous.


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Kayteg1 wrote:

Following erratically driven semi so closely?
You deserve new underwear.


Not proud of that fact, and I chalked this experience up as a lesson for me too. Spent the next four hours being overly cautious from the comfort of the right lane.

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Wow. At least he handled it right. Hammer down and yank that trailer straight!


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You were tailgating IMO. And you were lucky. Very lucky. Introspection, my dear Watson.


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Posted: 09/16/19 11:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

He made a decent recovery. Fact is, there isn't a one of us that drives "perfect". Note to guy following (which you acknowledge very clearly). Easy to cast stones, but reality is...we're humans.

Good vid for lesson's learned... thanks.


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It takes a big person to admit when wrong. Glad you did no further damage to your rig and yourself.

It all goes back to feeling certain that we can trust the drivers around us to be competent, safe, and able to make the responsible decision to do the 'right' thing. If you feel that you can 'trust' a complete stranger with your life, your safety, or that they will not damage your property, then 'throttle' back on the defensive driving.
Otherwise, always drive defensively, remembering distance is your friend, and be prepared for the unexpected by keeping your attention on the road and your head focused on driving.

I believe a very high percentage of highway crashes are preventable. If only we were not following too closely, if only I did not get mad when this person cut me off, if only I did not choose to 'show' him who is boss after he gave me the middle finger, if only I was not speeding, if only I was not texting, if only I had done my preventive maintenance to my vehicle, if only I had not been upset with my spouse before I left home, if only I had left earlier for work, and the list goes on.

The point is, driving defensively and preventing vehicle crashes is a full time job that requires all of your attention all of the time. We are all human and make mistakes, but being lucky and surviving your journey intact is not worth betting on. When we get behind the steering wheel attention to detail on the task of driving defensively and preventing all crashes before they happen should be our utmost priority.

Safe journeys to all.

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Posted: 09/17/19 08:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very well said, Lakeside013104!

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Anyone else really want to fold the mirrors down on the motorbike? I’m sure the view is a little clearer from the driver’s seat though. [emoticon]

Thanks for sharing.

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