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Wow, I almost had a major accident on my way home from Mike's place. I was in the Subaru driving south on 53. I was in the left lane and there were cars in the middle lane and right lane as well.
The person in the right lane decided to switch to the middle lane but didn't check his blind spot. As a result, the SUV in the middle lane had to take evasive maneuvers and switch to the left lane. Of course, he didn't have time to check his blind spot so the big black SUV swerves towards me. I had no choice but to drive onto the shoulder, which is covered by 6 inches of snow and ice.
I'm not entirely sure what happened, but I think the initial hit into the snow and ice caused my car to pull to the left. I corrected by steering right, but with no traction on the left at highway speed my rear started to slip. As soon as my left tires got back onto pavement they regained grip and pulled the car hard to the right. I steered back to the left but at highway speeds this was an over correction and I started to fishtail. At that moment I thought to myself, "I hope nothing happens to my car."
This time I steered to the right but once again I over-corrected and as soon as my tires re-gripped the road I knew what was going to happen: a clockwise spin. As I hit the 90 degree mark, I remembered that I needed to stay calm, disengage the clutch and ride it out or I would just make it worse. At the 180 degree mark I stared at a dozen headlights shining on me and thought, "Oh good, no one is close to me."
At the 270 mark I noticed the smell of burning rubber from my tires. When I hit the 360 degree mark I could tell I had slowed to about 20 mph so I revved up the the engine, shifted into first gear and took off as if nothing had happened, except that I was inexplicably in the right lane.
That certainly got my adrenaline pumping and I can count a dozen different ways it could have ended so I thank God that everything worked out ok. But I think I got a little high on the adrenaline b/c the experience as a whole was actually kind of fun... Is that messed up?
Posted 12/03/2006 05:19 AM in Cars, Ramblings | Total Comments: (9)
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The only thing you could have done to make it cooler would have been to stop the car once you regained control, run out to the middle of the highway and thrown your helmet onto the car that caused all of this -- NASCAR style.
Submitted by Ben on 12/03/2006 03:14 PM
Practice pays off!
I'm glad you are okay, buddy!
Submitted by Ben I. on 12/04/2006 00:48 AM
This kind of reminds me of when I spun 90 degrees and kept going for a long ways in autox. Excellent recovery!
Submitted by Cliff on 12/05/2006 09:13 PM
Cool! That's a clever way of lkoonig at it!
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