Near Miss Vehicle Accidents...Bad Driver

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    May 03, 2010 2:48 AM GMT
    Last night on my way to Jacksonville Florida I had a Near Miss. What happened I wasn't paying attention on the driver in front of me braked hard and I barely noticed. I swerved onto the shoulder @88 MPH then passed in front of that driver then my car swerved out of control a complete 360 degrees then landed on the other shoulder in the grass. It's truly a miracle that I didn't get hurt and my vehicle didn't sustain any damage.

    I've been in four auto accidents, two my fault and such. I'm coming to the conclusion that I'm horrible driver.icon_redface.gif What's strange is that while I may have trouble on shorter drives I've drove all over the US with no problems.

    Just wondering if anyone else has similar experiences?
  • TexasBoeuf

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    May 03, 2010 5:51 AM GMT
    Driving on an icy road in the Sierras I did a 180 to snowbank. No damage either. Only other time I was on a bicycle and a truck made a right turn into me. Just a couple of broken hands and a bent derailer.
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    May 03, 2010 5:58 AM GMT
    My record is 130 MPH on 2" of ice in Wisconsin, giving myself a mile to slow down and take the exit I needed. ok no accident there...pulled it off successfully.

    But I did take a curve once while driving the posted speed of 25 MPH - on slippery-when-wet pavement - and still slid into the guard rail. And can't forget the time I fell asleep on I-4 at 3am while going 100 MPH. The Camero in front of me wasn't too happy with that.
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    May 03, 2010 6:09 AM GMT
    No...I haven'ticon_exclaim.gif From the sounds of it, u were road raging dawg...88 mphicon_question.gif Wtficon_question.gif Were u in a hurry to cheat deathicon_question.gif

    My advice to u my brother, SLOW DOWN, leave earlier, so ur not rushing. 4 auto accidents before ur 25, is not a good lookicon_eek.gif U will be paying HIGH PREMIUMS.icon_lol.gif
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    May 03, 2010 6:28 AM GMT
    Ricovelas saidLast night on my way to Jacksonville Florida I had a Near Miss. What happened I wasn't paying attention on the driver in front of me braked hard and I barely noticed. I swerved onto the shoulder @88 MPH then passed in front of that driver then my car swerved out of control a complete 360 degrees then landed on the other shoulder in the grass. It's truly a miracle that I didn't get hurt and my vehicle didn't sustain any damage.

    I've been in four auto accidents, two my fault and such. I'm coming to the conclusion that I'm horrible driver.icon_redface.gif What's strange is that while I may have trouble on shorter drives I've drove all over the US with no problems.

    Just wondering if anyone else has similar experiences?


    No. My dad is 85 years old, and has never as much as had a fender bender. I'm 49; same case.

    You need to take a defensive driving class.

    Also, consider that you'd (hopefully) feel awful if you killed someone. Get your head out of your behind and pay attention to your driving; driving responsibly; drive safely. There's no excuse for having had four accidents. NONE. If you kill someone, or maim them, you'll have a done a very terrible thing. It's time to step up, for yourself, and for society.
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    May 03, 2010 12:04 PM GMT
    I've had exactly the same thing happen to me. The only differences were that the road was covered in snow (so obviously I wasn't anywhere near Jacksonville), I ended up on the sidewalk (and thankfully ran no one over), and I had a passenger in the car with me (who, thank God, didn't get hurt). It's indeed a miracle. When we finally got to where we were going, I was really shaken. It was the first time in years something like that had happened to me, and so far, I have been lucky no to have it happen again... and moreover, that friend who was in the car with me still trusts me.

    What happened last night and the previous accidents doesn't necessarily mean you are a bad driver... it just means you need to drive more defensively.

    And remember, if it had been a bad day, you would have cause/sustained some damage. Didn't happen, so it could have been much worse. Be grateful... but LEARN from this most recent experience.
  • Latenight30

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    May 03, 2010 12:09 PM GMT
    Hey see if you can get on the Travel Channel for America's Worst Drivers.
    88MPH cars have no cause to go that fast!
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    May 03, 2010 12:22 PM GMT
    Ricovelas said What happened I wasn't paying attention on the driver in front of me braked hard and I barely noticed.



    You nailed it right there!
    QUOTE: "What happened was I wasn't paying attention on the driver in front of me braked hard and I barely noticed" END QUOTE

    You barely noticed because (and I could bet my next months pay on this!) YOU WERE TAILGATING!

    You need about 650 feet between you and the car in front of you at 75MPH. That's barely 3 seconds of reaction time. I'd bet you were closer than that AND doing 88MPH.

    The "three second rule" is for GOOD DRIVERS, something you obviously are not.

    Wake up, stop tailgating and slow down.
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    May 03, 2010 12:35 PM GMT
    I was on the interstate with two friends in the car traveling at 70MPH. I was slowly approaching a Greyhound bus and just as I made sure the fast lane was clear and signaled, I noticed something coming loose on the bus in front. Just as I start making my way over the giant mudflap of bus came loose and my moment of slow motion kicked in. I watched it flip up, turn sideways in a razor blade spinning motion coming for my windshield. That prompted an aggressive steering wheel flick as the spinning mud flap spun within inches of grazing the passenger side windshield where my best friend was sitting there, questioning his future existence. I got the car over but now I'm at too hard of an angle towards the concrete divider. Very quickly I turned the wheel the opposite way as the rear tires continued their momentum into the wall. I counter steer as traction control kicks in and straightens the vehicle out at 70MPH. I'm not sure if my best friend was telling me the truth but I think he crapped a little. I think I at least wet myself slightly.

    Thank god I have a vehicle that has a ton of handling performance with the helping hand up there... icon_eek.gif And thanks to all the race car instructors who helped develop my sense of control at a much younger age through advance driver training. I fully recommend it to EVERY driver even if they claim to be a 10/10 on the road. icon_lol.gif
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    May 03, 2010 10:22 PM GMT
    I appreciate the constructive criticisms honestly.

    To clarify, there was about a two second gap between me and the car in front... I was looking at my iphone when I I looked away.

    Yes I'm paying a horrendous premium and it's something that stings every month.

    With all else aside, I've been told in some cities it's best to do as the Romans do. Meaning, my backwoods Virginia driving lessons will get me ran off the road. Case in point, the main road leading to base is 45MPH, should you go 45 you get tailgated by the Sheriff Patrol and they pass you going 55MPH.

    I'm working on it slowly, I just needed that horrible wake up call the other night I guess.

    And I did take DD after I got ticketed in San Antonio for going the daytime speed limit on Loop 1604 at night...
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    May 03, 2010 10:55 PM GMT
    I'm glad to hear you've acknowledged the fact. Remember there are others out there you have to be respectful to in addition to keeping yourself safe. Case in point - the fellow that was in front of you!
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    May 03, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
    JW61 saidI'm glad to hear you've acknowledged the fact. Remember there are others out there you have to be respectful to in addition to keeping yourself safe. Case in point - the fellow that was in front of you!


    Noted!
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    May 03, 2010 11:24 PM GMT
    good on you for taking notice

    better you do something now as opposed to being in an accident that kills yourself or someone else... that would be worse to deal with.

    Good luck on becoming a better driver!

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    May 03, 2010 11:26 PM GMT
    Ricovelas saidI appreciate the constructive criticisms honestly.

    To clarify, there was about a two second gap between me and the car in front... I was looking at my iphone when I I looked away.

    Yes I'm paying a horrendous premium and it's something that stings every month.

    With all else aside, I've been told in some cities it's best to do as the Romans do. Meaning, my backwoods Virginia driving lessons will get me ran off the road. Case in point, the main road leading to base is 45MPH, should you go 45 you get tailgated by the Sheriff Patrol and they pass you going 55MPH.

    I'm working on it slowly, I just needed that horrible wake up call the other night I guess.

    And I did take DD after I got ticketed in San Antonio for going the daytime speed limit on Loop 1604 at night...

    Ah, my dear, I know the 1604 Loop too well, lived in SAT 4 years. But I was struck (figuratively) by your statement you were going 88mph, which isn't legal anywhere in Florida.

    Ya know, maybe you need to rein in your horses a little, OK? Perhaps you are indeed a "horrible driver" but that can be corrected. There are 2 reasons you need to consider doing this: your own life, and the lives of others on the road. Kill some little kids riding in a car and the judge is gonna throw away the key.

    Yeah, I know other drivers do it, especially in Florida where I live, and pass you like you're standing still. They do it to me, too. And some of them are gonna end up in jail. Maybe not today, but some day. I never find bad examples to be a temptation for myself. Do you?
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    May 03, 2010 11:35 PM GMT
    Vespa you do bring up a good point... I didn't think of killing myself or anyone else at the time. Saturday night I really expected to total my car w/me in it in those few nanoseconds before my car came to stop. I was so grateful everything was in once piece and not pieces when it was over.

    I will say lesson learned... I hate to say it took that incident and not the pervious ones to teach me that.

    BTW my four accidents were all in San Antonio

    -At fault... Failure to yield right of way @ Lackland AFB. Funny thing about this was this was right out side the Military Police station where I worked (I was a MP at that time too). My Flight Chief came out to the scene as said didn't I just send you to lunch and look what happens....

    -At fault... Returning home from deployment going towards Universal City @ a stop sign and I was trying to cross two lanes of traffic to go the opposite direction. I wasn't taught that you should just go with the flow then U-turn when safe. Honestly I wasn't.

    the other two not at fault occurred in a Wal-Mart parking lot and the other on Loop 410 in the rain....

    I hate reliving these honestly...
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    May 05, 2010 2:57 PM GMT
    I don't think u get it broicon_exclaim.gif Ask urself WHY ARE U SPEEDING in the 1st place.
    Is it: Anger, rage, or just the excitement of driving fast?
    Wut is taking u so long to leave ur home or where ever u may be, in order to get to ur next place on ur list?
    Are u going to bed on time? Are u getting enough sleep? Do u hate ur job or school? Eventually ur premiums will cost more than ur car, or u will be on the bus. Is it worth it?
    Slow down, and have respect for other drivers on the road. Its ok to kill urself, but not others.icon_twisted.gif
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    May 05, 2010 8:25 PM GMT
    I had one just the other day. Instead of seeing red tail lights ahead of me there were bright white headlights closing fast. I'm still not sure if the driver was drunk, suicidal, or both. Some people....
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    May 05, 2010 8:54 PM GMT
    You need to pay attention while you are driving. I do not even have my cell phone turned on while I am driving because it can be a great distraction. You also need to pay attention to what other drivers are doing. I do not know how many people have come into my Pharmacy for prescriptions because they had an accident and the accident was caused by them or someone else was not paying attention. Most often looking at or talking on their cell phone and I even had one that was looking at their messages on their computer. Unbelievable!.
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    May 05, 2010 9:12 PM GMT
    Consider taking a Defensive Driving course. The tactics and practices are invaluable. I have not had an accident in over 25 years.
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    May 05, 2010 9:51 PM GMT
    To be honest there are some days where I'm on the road and have the music blaring and I'm loving the moment. I love it when I can go down the road with no one on it and blast my tunes. This is where I run into problems when I run into traffic later in my route.

    Here lately in the past few days I've made a great effort to turn down the stereo and make all my driving done by the time I get home from work. So I spend the rest of the evening home.

    Yes, sometimes I do get nervous on the road and I try to not think about all the extra traffic but I know that's not an excuse.

    @Pianist I'm sorry for you accident. I really am, after being in one too many I know the stuff you deal with immediately after a bit of a pain.
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    May 05, 2010 10:02 PM GMT
    I had a close call, not an accident. I was able to get the heck over. I have never had an accident or a moving violation.
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    May 05, 2010 10:32 PM GMT

    I'm glad you escaped unscathed - this time.

    Try to learn from this one. You admit that you're not a good driver. So slow down.

    On Monday I was talking to a friend's son who is learning to drive and he asked me if there was one thing I thought is most important when it comes to driving. When I thought about it, it had to be: Pay Attention.

    Also, you may want to have your car checked out by a mechanic. A high speed 360 may have done some damage to the tires or suspension.

    Stay safe.
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    May 05, 2010 10:43 PM GMT
    Nope.
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    May 05, 2010 11:11 PM GMT
    I'm a terrible driver and have had three serious accidents. I was also the passenger in one when my sister was driving; if she hadn't hit the accelerator instead of the brake I would have been in big trouble.

    I was in a 10-car wreck during a blizzard and totaled my car on the highway. It was pretty scary because it was a total white out. Another time I slid on the ice and smacked into a telephone pole (and my new car still had the in transit sticker on it). The last accident I had was when a guy ran a red light and I couldn't see him because I was going up a hill. He had his wife and infant in the car and both were hurt. I had a concussion and whiplash, and at first I thought I had killed the infant. It was pretty traumatizing. I had to go to a chiropractor for a year and I'm still having some problems related to it.

    One of the reasons I moved to New York the public transportation system. I'm very happy not having a car and not having to drive anywhere.

    So, be careful and pay attention on the road! I'm glad you weren't hurt and didn't hurt anyone else.
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    May 05, 2010 11:22 PM GMT
    lissenup saidI'm a terrible driver and have had three serious accidents. I was also the passenger in one when my sister was driving; if she hadn't hit the accelerator instead of the brake I would have been in big trouble.

    I was in a 10-car wreck during a blizzard and totaled my car on the highway. It was pretty scary because it was a total white out. Another time I slid on the ice and smacked into a telephone pole (and my new car still had the in transit sticker on it). The last accident I had was when a guy ran a red light and I couldn't see him because I was going up a hill. He had his wife and infant in the car and both were hurt. I had a concussion and whiplash, and at first I thought I had killed the infant. It was pretty traumatizing. I had to go to a chiropractor for a year and I'm still having some problems related to it.

    One of the reasons I moved to New York the public transportation system. I'm very happy not having a car and not having to drive anywhere.

    So, be careful and pay attention on the road! I'm glad you weren't hurt and didn't hurt anyone else.


    Yes thank goodness, I'm glad your okay and the other drivers are also okay as well.