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Every Driver’s Nightmare – Meeting Another Vehicle Coming At You On The Wrong Side Of The Road…
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Posted on 03/31/2011 4:46:24 AM PDT by sussex

In the UK we call them lorries, not trucks and, of course, we drive on the left, not on the right, but whichever country you live in it must be a terrifying moment when you are on a dual carriageway and suddenly come face to face with a vehicle driving in the wrong direction….

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: accidents; crashes; roads

1 posted on 03/31/2011 4:46:27 AM PDT by sussex
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To: sussex
Idiots are everywhere, not just the USA.
2 posted on 03/31/2011 4:49:29 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: sussex

Nothing there but this link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK9-Ikcu0sY&feature=player_embedded


3 posted on 03/31/2011 4:51:13 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: sussex

One thing you really CAN’T do in that situation is try to avoid grief by swerving into the other guy’s lane (he being in yours); it’s guaranteed he’ll swerve back and there will be no explaining your side of it to the authorities. If you can’t get off the road altogether, best is to get stopped.


4 posted on 03/31/2011 4:57:45 AM PDT by wendy1946
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To: sussex

Nah, my nightmare is driving at night on a dark road and suddenly all the lights go out. I can feel the car still moving and I’m trying like hell to brake and pull off without hitting anything. Been a while since I had that one but it’s kinda nerve-racking...

Haven’t had the train in the tunnel one in quite some time... ;-)


5 posted on 03/31/2011 4:57:53 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Hatteras

“Nah, my nightmare is driving at night on a dark road”

My nightmare is that I’m driving down a dark road and I drop my lighter, and it’s just out of reach so I stretch......kaboom


6 posted on 03/31/2011 5:00:22 AM PDT by y6162
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To: sussex
Happened here in Reno two nights ago. Drunk on the wrong side of the road.
7 posted on 03/31/2011 5:02:04 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: sussex

I had a near miss with this in January on the 2 lane 55 mph road near my house. Some moron tried passing another car on the back side of a blind hill and when I crested the other side of it there he was, in my lane. No where to go because he was parallel to the car he was trying to pass.

Fortunately there was a wide shoulder there (but rock cliffs on both sides off the shoulder) yet it was covered with 2 feet of snow. I swerved into the shoulder, he missed my by a whisker, then as I tried to brake and ease my way back onto the road my car started to spin and I ended up sliding backwards down the road.

I ended up coming to a stop in the opposite shoulder facing the direction I had just come from, and somehow missed the moron, the guy he was trying to pass, the car behind the pass-ee, the rock cliffs, and the ditches.

If I hadn’t avoided him I would’ve been dead, we were both doing about 60 mph. I’m still rattled from it 3 months later.


8 posted on 03/31/2011 5:06:41 AM PDT by LizardQueen (The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.)
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To: sussex
Here's my list:

1. Teenage moron texting in head-on.

2. Drunk.

3. Tailgaiting me at high-speed.

4. Illegal alien asswipe, drunk, and no license or insurance.

5. Teenage moron on phone.

6. 20 something woman on phone, texting, applying make-up, reading. Oh yeah, I've got many more.......................................

9 posted on 03/31/2011 5:09:10 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: sussex

Almost a daily occurrence here in Italy! They all think they’re Juan Manuel Fangio.


10 posted on 03/31/2011 5:12:28 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: LizardQueen

Try a near miss like that on a motorcycle. Talk about bad choices. I had to choose between a head on with a Ford pickup or hit a curb at 55mph. Chose the curb. Played superman but didn’t land like him. Broken ribs on the left side and a broken wrist. Knocked me out. Best part was when I woke up, I found out that I had landed in a fire ant bed.
The real pisser is that the truck kept on with his pass and never stopped.
Someday, I hope to meet that person and personally thank him/her, with a baseball bat.


11 posted on 03/31/2011 5:13:42 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: sussex
An elderly man was driving to his doctor's office when his wife called on his cell phone and told him, "I just heard on the radio that there is a wrong way driver on I-95. I know you take I-95 to the doctor's office, so be careful."

He replied, "I know it! But it isn't just one, they're hundreds of them."

12 posted on 03/31/2011 5:15:59 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Doc Savage

The best I’ve seen was a woman shaving he legs while driving. Nice legs too.


13 posted on 03/31/2011 5:17:13 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Just another Joe
A few years ago I was driving in the left hand lane of a four lane undevided highway. while I was passing a column of traffic in the right lane and when I was alongside Mercury about halfway down the pack the Merc decided to pass the cars in front of him thereby driving me into oncoming traffic. There was a car behind me so I couldn't slam on the brakes and tuck back in. I had to floor it and come around the Merc. The driver of which proceeded to make vulgar hand gestures and pulled alongside a few miles later to yell at me for reckless driving.

It's times like this when I consider giving up being a Baptist and becoming a Lutheran.

14 posted on 03/31/2011 5:21:14 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: from occupied ga
The best I’ve seen was a woman shaving he legs while driving. Nice legs too.

Don't make me bring up the 'lady' in Florida who was shaving her 'business' while heading out for a date.

Seriously.

15 posted on 03/31/2011 5:30:41 AM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (A half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth. (J.I. Packer)
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To: sussex
The trucker should have stayed on the road and destroyed that little car {and dumb ass driver}.

That would have been a video to watch.

I'm feeling no mercy nor Christian charity this morning, {must be my hidden mooselimb poking out today}.

16 posted on 03/31/2011 5:33:41 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: sussex

Happened to my dad once.

Late at night, he was approaching a bridge and saw lights - a tractor trailer - in his lane headed towards him.

He figured his choices were to move the left (there was no other oncoming traffic) on the bridge or take the slope on the side of the road (no shoulder).

He took the slope. He tells me that, in his mind’s eye, he saw the driver waking up and pulling back into his lane just as he was passing him in th left lane on the bridge. He figured the slope was a better deal.

He totaled out a nice Honda Accord, but walked away without a scratch. He has no idea what happened to the truck and its driver.


17 posted on 03/31/2011 5:39:48 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: LizardQueen

Similar situation here in Colorado - two lane road coming back from NM. Luckily the road had nice shoulders so when I saw him passing, I went to the shoulder !

Also on the UK versus continental Europe, when I was in New Zealand, I rented a car and had to keep reminding myself to stay on the left side. Basically look at the opposing lane through my window. Just when I was turning, I had to think my turns through.

> I had a near miss with this in January on the 2 lane 55 mph road near my house. Some moron tried passing another car on the back side of a blind hill and when I crested the other side of it there he was, in my lane.


18 posted on 03/31/2011 5:43:15 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: sussex

Happened to me a year and a half ago. Fortunately, I was driving a 15-passenger van, or two children and I would be dead.


19 posted on 03/31/2011 5:43:21 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Nadie me ama como Jesus.)
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To: Little Ray

My first thought was that this is how patriotic Americans feel about nobama (the great leader) coming at them relentlessly each and every day.


20 posted on 03/31/2011 5:45:22 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Hatteras

Had that happen on a motorcycle once. It wasn’t fun.


21 posted on 03/31/2011 5:48:01 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: hal ogen

Well, it looks like Obama has totaled out an entire country instead of just a nice Honda.


22 posted on 03/31/2011 6:14:10 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity

I remember that thread. Her ex boyfriend was driving. She was shaving.

That was a classic thread. I may go look it up.


23 posted on 03/31/2011 6:20:54 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

bump


24 posted on 03/31/2011 6:23:40 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: sussex

My nightmare is encountering a large SUV being driven by a woman who is speaking on a cell phone... shudder.... :)


25 posted on 03/31/2011 6:25:46 AM PDT by Paradox (Where is Obama?)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity

Only lady I have dealt with that I can recall was a few days ago. I was headed down the high way in a through lane. There was a exit coming up and toyota with a lady driving comes from the left lane (it was a 4 lane divided highway) across all 4 lanes to the exit only lane. Now I am on the shoulder, horn blowing getting the side of my truck beat to heck by the snow pile from the plow.. I get slowed down, and behind her and back in to my lane.

I don’t think the driver ever saw me, I know I never saw her under the berka.


26 posted on 03/31/2011 6:35:10 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: sussex
When one of my children was 17 and going through, what was for them, a rebellious stage - nothing particularly serious, just feeling their oats and pushing back against the household rules and arguing about every one of those rules, they encountered a driver like this. I had prayed about the rebellion and asked the Lord to just get their attention.

Several things happened to this child, but the final thing was coming home from a class one night, they took the interstate. Along one stretch, there was construction, and although there were still two lanes in the westbound portion, there were concrete dividers right on the shoulder line. My child was in the left lane, with a transfer truck in the right, both doing about the same speed.

Up ahead, the child saw lights swerving around back and forth, and then coming straight toward them. No where to go.

The choices were, hit the transfer truck on the right, or the truck coming toward them. Suddenly the line of dividers ended, the transfer truck pulled over on the shoulder and my child was able to pull into the right lane just as the driver coming toward them blew past on the left.

When they came home on told us, we called the highway patrol and they said they had had several calls and I think, IIRC, that he did end up hitting an 18 wheeler, but survived. I don't think the truck driver was hurt.

I didn't have that kind of incident in mind but the child did soon afterward settle down and is one tough parent now :-)

27 posted on 03/31/2011 6:41:02 AM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch ( T.G., global warming denier.)
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To: sussex

Grandma is watching the evening news, waiting for Grandpa to get back from his evening bowling with his pals. She turns on the evening news and hears that there is a wrong way driver on I-495, the road Grandpa takes coming home. She immediately calls his cell.

“Karl, be real careful, there’s a wrong way driver on I-495!”

“Mary, I know, but’s not just one, there’s dozens of them!”


28 posted on 03/31/2011 7:07:21 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: sussex
I remember driving from Dover to London, the whole way big yellow signs on the road:

KEEP LEFT
MAINTENIR GAUCHE

29 posted on 03/31/2011 7:15:08 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I remember that thread. Her ex boyfriend was driving. She was shaving.

It was her ex-husband. Talk about him being 1) A really good sport, or 2) Really wanting her to get on with her life.

You see all sorts of strange things in the Florida Keys. I saw a guy last week in Key West who had a full, luxurious head of hair and a great beard on one side of his head only.

I kid you not. The other side was shaved completely clean - and nicely tanned, too.

30 posted on 03/31/2011 7:15:34 AM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (A half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth. (J.I. Packer)
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To: Paradox
Was behind a ponytailed blonde soccer mom in a child-filled SUV one morning on a 45 MPH divided highway. You could see that she was continually looking down at whatever little Johnny in the front seat was doing because you could see the ponytail of her hair swinging back and forth.

I decided that it probably wasn't safe to be behind her and (what rapidly turned out to be wisely) decided to change lanes and get past her.

It wasn't 5 seconds later that I heard the heavy squeal of tires then 2 impacts in a row as she (apparently) looked up to see that traffic had stopped and locked 'em up.

She drove the car she hit into the one in front of it. I don't think anyone was seriously hurt (score one for big, massive SUV's) but it sure reinforced a lesson for me to do as little distracted driving as I can.

31 posted on 03/31/2011 7:24:14 AM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (A half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth. (J.I. Packer)
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To: Texas resident

Greenville, South Carolina: Man and girlfreind on motorcycle, drunk, ride too close to the guardrail. The guardrail knocked the woman off the bike, her boyfriend was too drunk to notice. Not until he came to a stop sign and the bike fell over, did he learn the guardrail had taken off his leg.


32 posted on 03/31/2011 7:24:25 AM PDT by WestwardHo (Whom the gods would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity; Ditter

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33 posted on 03/31/2011 8:03:22 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: CORedneck

We always take our caravan across to France each summer so it’s not just getting used to driving on the right but also in a UK car in France the driver is always nearside so overtaking needs extensive mirror work - and a passenger is also useful...


34 posted on 03/31/2011 8:37:13 AM PDT by sussex
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To: CORedneck

We always take our caravan across to France each summer so it’s not just getting used to driving on the right but also in a UK car in France the driver is always nearside so overtaking needs extensive mirror work - and a passenger is also useful...


35 posted on 03/31/2011 8:37:26 AM PDT by sussex
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To: Hatteras

My driving nightmare happened a couple years ago. I was approaching a stop sign at a T intersection, started to brake, there was a weird clunk, and suddenly the brakes stopped working! In the 4 seconds I had in which to panic, I tried shifting, but remembered wrong and put it in P instead of R, which didn’t work. Tried the emergency brake but discovered that it wasn’t meant for people with short arms who have to sit really really close to the wheel, my knee would have had to come up through the wheel in order to get the right angle to push that pedal in a hurry. (I made a note of that for the next time I look for a vehicle.)

I would say I was lucky, but I don’t think it was luck. There was a gentle hill opposite the T, 2 pine trees with low interwoven branches, and no traffic. My truck jumped the curb, went between the two trunks, and was caught by the branches like it was a net. Didn’t even scratch the paint! After I got it back out, I couldn’t even see the tire tracks in the grass.
Turned out my brake line snapped. Even after it was repaired I had trouble driving it again for a few months, the thought of that clunking sound and the trees coming at me still makes me cringe.


36 posted on 03/31/2011 9:54:26 AM PDT by Ellendra (Profanity is the mark of a conversational cripple.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

This story really speaks to me because I have crashed my car every single time that I shaved my bikini area while driving. :(


37 posted on 03/31/2011 1:53:58 PM PDT by Ditter
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