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Lost control

Discussion in 'Drivers lounge' started by Chrome, May 23, 2012.

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  1. Chrome

    Chrome New Member

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    Have you ever lost control of your vehicle? While learning to drive, I swerved just a little too much but in this one incident I was driving through some back roads and went off the pavement which caused me to almost crash as I didn't handle it correctly since I was distracted by my phone as I was using the GPS to find some directions.

    You're supposed to slow down and then gradually move back onto the pavement, however since I got nervous I tried to force the car back on the road at once and this caused me to violently swerve which would have probably hit another car or have caused the car to crash into something had I been driving at a higher velocity. A very scary experience!
     
  2. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    When I was a teen I was driving after a snow storm that changed to heavy rain. I was going through an industaral park and in one corner there was about a foot of water. When I hit that corner it was all ice with a foot of water, I went up the snow bank and around the corner and back down. It was like a high banked oval. No damage to the car. It was good that I wasn't going really fast.

    James
     
  3. Chrome

    Chrome New Member

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    Yeah ice and water can be a deadly combo. I've only had some minor incidents in those conditions as I tend to drive really slow during such weather and avoid traveling long distances if possible. I did watch this YouTube video that was a real eye opener though about underestimating what's ahead which was similar to what you described, it was snowing and there was a small ice patch up ahead, well apparently the driver either did not notice or did and thought they were going slow enough, their truck spun out of control and hit the vehicle coming in from the opposite lane.
     
  4. Sugarhill

    Sugarhill Member Founding Member

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    I am from the DMV, so even though we get a lot of grief for how we react to 1-4" of snow, it's because every citizen of the area knows that black ice will make you a believer. Because of the fluctuating temperatures, the snow will melt during the day, but quickly turn into ice, so it's never easy during the winter for us.

    I've done a lot of sliding across ice that I couldn't see and ice that I thought was snow, but wasn't or somehow I ended up spinning up the snow to the ice underneath.

    I've hydroplaned during a bad storm.

    And one time, I was incredibly stupid, underestimated the fact that you really do need sleep and nodded off really quickly in a car going about 65-70 MPH. I will never do that again. Long stretches of road can make you drowsy when you've had enough sleep, so I must've really lost my mind not remembering before I got behind the wheel after not getting any sleep.
     
  5. daz

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    When i passed my test the next day i hit a lampost and wrote my mums car off. Aother time i lost the back end and ended it in a tree.
     
  6. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Ouch. Not a good start. I hope you didn't get hurt.

    James
     
  7. Sugarhill

    Sugarhill Member Founding Member

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    And you passed the test? :D I'm just kidding. I also hope that you were able to walk away without any scratches.
     
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    Both times i came away without a scratch, very lucky really i guess. Ive not had a crash for several years now touch wood.
     
  9. JoshTheboss

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    Embarresment is an understatement for the story I'm about to tell. One week my parents went away on a cruise. Sixteen years old and I was home with their keys and some food money. One night watching TV I was really hungry, but really into a TV marathon. Despite my better judgement, I decided to go to Wendy's down the street. Fast forward to the end of the story, I take a turn without realizing the intersection is wet. Realizing this late, I hit the brakes, and do it too hard. The SUV was front wheel drive, so it locked up and I slid into the sidewalk going 10 miles per hour. One rim, one tire, and one downtrodden call later, everything was alright...
     
  10. streakanime

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    Losing control is how I got into my second accident, haha. (I've only had two...) The road was really wet and I was driving a Crown Victoria. It was a new car to me and if you know anything about them they are VERY powerful cars. It is also a rear-wheel drive. Which, I was not used to. I hit a patch of wet cement and spun out. I spun out right into a cemetery... Which was really awkward and kind of scary. :eek: The family joke is that I ran over Casper, haha.
     
  11. JoshTheboss

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    I hate wet road conditions. They are the cause for almost every single accident I hear about. Here in Florida it goes from sun shining and clear skies to pouring rain with thunder in about 5 minutes on some days. It's really intense.
     
  12. streakanime

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    Yeah... I am not even going to try driving my current vehicle in the snow. I am not sure I would be able to control the power of the vehicle on icy/snowy roads. As far as that goes... I do good to stay on my feet in the ice and snow, haha.
     
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    The snow?!

    I can't imagine dealing with the snow. Not only that, but where there is snow, there is ice. Ice is the worst possible thing you can drive on. Well, except for driving into a lake. :)
     
  14. streakanime

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    Ooooh, you did say you live in Florida. Haha. Guess that is not really something you have to deal with... Yeah the joys of your vehicle not stopping. I cannot tell you how many red lights I have had to roll right through because my car would not stop. My previous care was so small and it weighed virtually nothing... It did not matter how slow I drove it... It took AGES for the thing to stop.

    Driving into a lake?! :confused:
     
  15. JoshTheboss

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    What?? That's ridiculous! It must be SO scary to slide through an intersection without being able to stop, all while just hoping that no one bangs into you.

    The lake part was a joke, lol, saying a card wouldn't work anymore. :p

    Check out this video.



    $2 million car lol
     
  16. streakanime

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    Oh dear... Man, if I had 2 million dollars, I do not think I could bring myself to spend it on a car. I think I might spend 15-25K to buy a decent vehicle, but I do not see the point in spending tons and tons of cash on something meant for transportation that is eventually going to break. It does not matter how much money you spend on a car. Or whether you buy it new or used. They all develop the same problems and require the same services.
     
  17. Flexin

    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    Do you use snow tires? Snow tires are worth every cent. I don't like driving without them. Too many people cause traffic to be tied up because they thought they were fine with their all season tires in a heavy snowfall. They end up sitting there spinning.

    My wife had to pick me up from work one day because of the road conditions. The car I was driving had winters but the fronts were pretty worn so I left the car there. She picked me up in our suv. She said there were too cars that got stuck on a very small grade. One woman got out and started screaming at people to turn around because there was no way anyone could drive up there because of the snow. My wife said she just drove between the two cars without spinning a wheel. The woman was not impressed. LOL.

    Snow tires make a huge difference. Having AWD or 4WD doesn't hurt ether.

    James
     
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    Flexin Admin Staff Member Founding Member Top Event

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    As soon as I read about the lake that video came to mind. I was going to post it but you beat me to it. From what I remember, that guy ended up in a lot of trouble for that crash.

    James
     
  19. streakanime

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    I've never used snow tires... Might be worth trying. I don't seem my husband ever letting me drive in the snow/ice. He does not even intend to let me walk outside if it starts snowing or icing before I have the baby. I am about as clumsy as they come. I would assume the biggest issue with snow tires is that they are probably expensive. I know the last time we just got a new set of tires on my car... It cost like five hundred bucks. Bleh! :hungover:
     
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    Winter tires are well worth the money if you get a decent amount of snow or have to travel a lot in the winter. There is a huge difference in traction. I won't run all seasons in the winter. Its not worth it. The hard part is buying 8 tires for a car. But if they are stagger then you might only be buying a set of tires every 2 years or so. Which would give you 4 years to a set. I find if you take them of and put summer tires on, you will get about 4 years out of a set of winters.

    As far as price goes, its cheaper then the cost of repairs after an accident and the higher insurance costs.

    My worst year was when I needed tires but winters were not on sale yet and my summers were shot. So I had to buy 4 summer tires and then 8 winters about a month and a half later to the truck and car. That was a lot of money spent in a short time but I got some good life out of the tires and didn't have to buy any for years after.

    James
     
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