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Unread 10-27-2008, 04:20 PM   #1
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What is your scariest moment you have ever had driving?

I've never been in a bad accident (that I remember, I was in one when I was 4 years old so that really doesn't count).

When I was 17, I was driving a 1983 Dodge Colt on a country road at about 4 in the morning when I lost control of the car at about 80 mph, did a complete 360 and was able to get the vehicle under control again, scared the crap out of me.

I have other incidents too but that one has always stuck out in my mind.

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Unread 10-27-2008, 05:16 PM   #2
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I got one. It was the one time I completely lost control of a vehicle. And it scared the yipes out of me.

It was in northern Germany and I was driving my Mercedes 190 E 2.3 (I loved that car). It was December 1995, the ground was frozen and a light snow was falling. My then husband (he's my ex now ) had put wide tires on and the trunk was empty. And I had a killer flu (the flu was so bad that year it was in the news) and could barely see straight but I was driving home from a long business trip along isolated country roads.

I was driving through some little village slowly at about 9 PM and I don't remember exactly how it happened, but I started to lose control. When I tried to steer back, it started fishtailing. At some point the car started to spin and I realized there was nothing I could do. I just let go of the wheel and hoped for the best. The coefficient of friction between the tires and the road was as close to zero as I've ever experienced. I did a 540 degree counterclockwise and stopped when my rear wheel hit the curb. Fortunately no one was hurt and the only thing damaged was my car. My right rear wheel was angled inward about 15 degrees.

I got back in and drove at about 15 mph to the next village that had anything resembling an inn. The only reason I could drive at all with my pigeon-toed rear wheels was it was so dang slippery. I kept getting some traction first from the left side and then the right. I'm sure a lot of drivers thought I was drunk. After about 20 minutes I got to a village with an inn that looked promising and poked my nose in. The way it works in Germany is that they usually have a bar and eatery downstairs and the rooms upstairs. I went in and said I'd had a minor accident and needed a room for the night. The owner said they didn't have anything available but told me where another place was I could try.

So a guy follows me out and says he overheard my story and asks me if I need help (ok I was a little younger ) and I think "great, this is all I need. I'm sick, tired, just had an accident, and this guy is hitting on me." It turned out he was an Autobahn patrol guy and he was from the area. And on his off-duty time he enjoyed being good samaritan.

End of story is that he went with me the next day to MB where they did the repair and made a pain of himself to the shop so they didn't rip me off. I got to hear some good stories of his job and how he didnt mind cleaning up after accidents on the Autobahn.

But what stuck with me was because of the way the steering system was designed (not sure of the translation from the German - maybe 5-axis steering system?) my axle wasn't damaged. One measly part that cost about $50 was bent on impact, and it cost about $200 for the repair. They were able to align the wheels when they were done. That really gave me a lot of respect for the engineers at Mercedes. If my axle had absorbed the impact it would have been a lot more expensive.

The feeling of not being in control stuck with me for a while and I was one of those awful drivers who slowed down to nothing at the first snowflake. I'm over it now though.

(Sorry for long ramble).

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Unread 10-27-2008, 06:52 PM   #3
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I was staring at a Ford Excape coming down the road heading towards my head.. I couldn't go forwards, and I couldn't stop. Brakes didn't work worth a ****, tires had turned into drag slicks, there was 2" of snow on the ground, and it was frozen.. that was fun!
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He may have ruined his cylinder walls and compression wings.
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Yeah. Should hold up fine, long as you don't drive like a primate.

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Unread 10-27-2008, 08:21 PM   #4
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I was coming home from work going around a gradual 90 degree bend in the road at about 45mph when the car hydro planned straight in to oncoming traffic. I hit another car head on that was going around 45 to. I had no seat belt on slammed in to the windshield flipping the stirring wheel inside out and came down on the shifter which the knob had flown off of staffing into my right theigh. I still managed to jump out of my car run around open the drivers door of the other car and help him out before the pain really set in. The wreck was bad enough that when my girl friend at the time and mom brought me back to the car to get some stuff out they both busted into tears looking at the waves in the roof. I still didn't see a doctor but probably should have just didn't have medical at the time.

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