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GoldenSahara00 05-28-2011 09:56 PM

A woman pulled out in front of me today...
 
As I was coming home from a day with my girlfriend, headed for home then work. I came up over a hill, and there happens to be a drive way on the other side, over the top. Go figure. I am going the speed limit (actually slower, I mean im running 33s with 3.07s its not a rocket ship) which is 45. I pop over the top of the hill, and see in what seems to me to be slow motion, a woman in a small black car start to pull out in front of me. Shes coming out about 50 feet away from me, literally. making a left turn, so going across my line. Shes not in any hurry either. I notice all of this in a split second. She isnt even looking my way (the blind spot). Shes either distracted by a cell phone or for some reason staring at the 400 yards of empty clear roadway the other direction (why?). So, as my foot hits the brake, I see my life flash before my eyes. All I hear is the horrible sound of my 33's skidding as my brakes lock up. apparently she did notice me because she stopped - once she was sitting entirely on the roadway. (I didn't notice this til afterwards). I hit the brakes, and somehow, decide to swerve into the other lane, go about a foot or two off the road avoiding her car, and as I start to head off the road I suddenly realise that there is a good chance I may lose it and roll, and be about to die. Somehow I steer out of it then back onto the road into my lane. I didnt come to a complete stop until about 150 feet away, and I had my breaks locked up most of the time. Don't know how I was able to steer while my brakes were locked up but praise God I somehow did. This all happened in just a few seconds, and very close together. without a doubt the scariest experience of my entire life, and Ive had some crazy stuff happen to me. What would have been worst is if I had not been paying attention, and would have hit her. I have no doubt that if I had Tboned her at 45, it would have been very bad for her. I am also thankful that I didnt roll, and that my jeep handled so well and that I myself performed so well at avoiding the wreck. It's simply amazing. I thank God for watching over me.

NCJeepin 05-28-2011 10:08 PM

I'm glad you're ok man.:thumb:

jspeer1130 05-28-2011 10:14 PM

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Originally Posted by NCJeepin
I'm glad you're ok man.:thumb:

Ditto

Glad everyone survived and no jeeps were harmed in the making of this post

GoldenSahara00 05-28-2011 10:22 PM

Thanks to both of you. Thats what I said. I was just glad nothing was damaged and no one got hurt in the end. Scared the blankety blank outa me though. Really had me thinking today.

I looked back at the woman after I made it to a stop and her mouth was wide open in disbelief. Then she decided to wave at me..... Yeah. I was just worried about having a flat spot on my tires after the adrenaline wore off.

Phil05LJ 05-28-2011 11:36 PM

Gotta drive defensively 100% of the time for sure. I was passing a Mustang on a 55mph busy highway when I heard him gun it while i was beside him and could see him coming in my lane out of the corner of my eye. I guess i was in his blind spot. As soon as I laid on the horn BAM! My new TJ (it had 1500 miles on it) went up on two wheels for a moment and luckily landed straight but it was challenge to keep it from wiggling all over. The Mustang spun out and hit the end of a guard rail right behind the drivers door (thank god, two feet further forward and it would have been fatal for sure) and spun down an embankment. All I could see was a cloud of dust in my mirror after I had regained control. Turns out he was hurt but no life threatening injuries. The cop on the scene kept telling me that he couldn't believe I saved it LOL!
Glad you pulled it off, stay safe out there.

GoldenSahara00 05-28-2011 11:44 PM

Wow, glad you made it out alright too. and the other guy wasnt hurt. The thing is the only way I could have avoided it is if I had known the driveway was there, and had slowed down to like 25. and it still would have been scary. she didnt even like watch or pull out fast. just puttz out onto the road... gah. she wasnt old or anything. id say late 20s early 30s. I dont know how I pulled it off either. years of playing need for speed I guess... thank you playstation. haha but no seriously I know the only reason I made it through that was God.

Just imagine my front bumper goin head height direct side impact into a car at 45... not pretty.

hgesell 05-29-2011 02:37 AM

At least she waved to show she messed up and was thankful you didn't kill her. Around here she would have given you the finger and cursed you out as she drove by.

97wrangler-242 05-29-2011 03:06 AM

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Originally Posted by GoldenSahara00

Just imagine my front bumper goin head height direct side impact into a car at 45... not pretty.

I've always wondered things like that since I added 200 pounds to my front end. A stinger and winch could really mess stuff up. Glad you made it out of that ok tho. Since you didn't wreck I guess it's ok to ask about your tires? Any flat spots?

seadog 05-29-2011 05:57 AM

Glad everybody made it through unhurt.

How long did it take you to get your shorts back out? :whistling:

MoA 05-29-2011 06:28 AM

boo.. i thought i was gonna get to see pics of your jeep destoryin a car :X

GoldenSahara00 05-29-2011 09:03 AM

Sorry, no jeep/car collisions here! haha. Yea, your right some places people are stupid. haha it too me a while! and nope my tires look fine. I actually think my brakes may have failed because they locked up and then stopped, thats how I was able to swerve around her. I don't know if the 2000s had anti lock brakes or not.

MoA 05-29-2011 09:50 AM

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Originally Posted by GoldenSahara00 (Post 1268276)
Sorry, no jeep/car collisions here! haha. Yea, your right some places people are stupid. haha it too me a while! and nope my tires look fine. I actually think my brakes may have failed because they locked up and then stopped, thats how I was able to swerve around her. I don't know if the 2000s had anti lock brakes or not.

good rule of thumb.. pump your brakes.. just dont lock up on em.. damn deer in the winter back home, had to this the same thing you did plenty of times..

InfernoGirl 05-29-2011 11:17 AM

ABS was an option, not standard on any TJ iirc. You most likely do not have them. Very happy to hear that things worked out well for everyone. :)

Phil05LJ 05-29-2011 05:13 PM

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Originally Posted by GoldenSahara00
Wow, glad you made it out alright too. and the other guy wasnt hurt. The thing is the only way I could have avoided it is if I had known the driveway was there, and had slowed down to like 25. and it still would have been scary. she didnt even like watch or pull out fast. just puttz out onto the road... gah. she wasnt old or anything. id say late 20s early 30s. I dont know how I pulled it off either. years of playing need for speed I guess... thank you playstation. haha but no seriously I know the only reason I made it through that was God.

Just imagine my front bumper goin head height direct side impact into a car at 45... not pretty.

I have friends that have hidden driveways like that, I hate going to visit because you have to listen for cars coming, then floor it and hope for the best! I know what you mean about side impacts. We crash test cars at work with a barrier that simulates a van or suv and let me tell you, the driver of a small car without side airbags versus that doesn't stand a chance, and that's at only 31mph. Side airbags have greatly reduced injuries and fatalities but not all cars on the road have them. Thankfully they are standard on all new cars after 2008.
One easy way you can check to see if you have abs is to look for the light on the dash when you turn the ignition on. If it lights up you have it, no light no abs. Doesn't sound like you have it though.
Be safe out there! Oh and I am also a former Need for Speed addict :)!

Nano 05-31-2011 07:09 AM

Riveting story! I was on the edge of my seat expecting the worst! I even let out a sigh of relief towards the end. Itís good to hear everyone was ok, even better to hear of no damage.

Iíve had 3 issues. I was T-boned by someone originally traveling in the opposite direction as me by turning across my lane. The lower car hit me at the floor level and at the fire wall behind my front tire so no scare for me. A little annoying fact is that directly after the collision they bounced off and stepped on the gas again to crumple my rear milk jug. I was without my Jeep for 45 straight days by taking the Jeep to a repair place that was convenient for their insurance. Never again. I some times wonder how the damage would have differed after my lift and installed rocker guards. The rocker guards may have lessoned the damage but the lift may have allowed them to get up under me, possibly rolling me.

My other 2 issues were because I was driving too fast in the snow/ice. Started to fish-tale both times, once on 85 in 2-Hi and once on thawed/refrozen(really slick) ice in 4-Hi. I was able to recover both times by reacting correctly; not braking and turning into slides. I was at about 35-45 degrees slides both times. Both times I let myself be pressured by traffic behind me. Both of those were very cheap lessons learned as I was able to recover. What ticks me off is that I used to live in MD and was more used to the snow and ice in colder weather. However, living near Atlanta may have softened me up. I do love the warmer weather, on average.

98 wrangler 05-31-2011 09:16 AM

You should have went back and jerked her out of her car and beat her about the head neck chest face back and shoulder areas!!with flurrys of blows .lol just kidding glad no one was injured!

gooseofdeuce 05-31-2011 03:37 PM

I highly recommend practicing threshold breaking. Threshold breaking takes your tires to just about lock up but lets you keep rolling traction. You can actually have a shorter stopping distance with threshold breaking rather than locking your breaks up. Anti lock breaks do this, sorta, without you thinking about it. Vehicles can do 3 things, accelerate, brake, and steer. None like to do any of the two at the same time. Find an empty road and just practice breaking hard, yeah it may give some extra wear and tear on this set of brake shoes and rotors but i'd rather replace those sooner than normal due to a few extra hard braking practices than sliding into someone elses car or sliding strait through a curve. tires may still screach even though they don't lock up, especially with mud terrains. Brake hard until a point you know you have to steer, let off brakes, drive through, brake again.

seelye 05-31-2011 03:47 PM

at least you got the wave:)

Dirt Diver 06-02-2011 03:05 AM

Yeah people are retards on the road. I totalled one of the newer mercury Cougars in my Jeep. I was going about 35-40 (in the speed limit) and she ran her red light. I slammed on my brakes, and tried to swerve around her, but not enough. I slammed right into her right rear corner panel, ripping it off, along with the rear bumper, trunk misaligned her hatchback, crushed her tire and broke her rear axle. Cops came, took our stories, witnesses sided with me, she got tickets and a totalled car out of it... What happend to the Jeep? Just some scraped paint on my bumper and possibly a loose body lift mount. I tore her Sh*$ UP. Serves her right. Oh yeah, and I have pictures somewhere.

GoldenSahara00 06-02-2011 12:00 PM

Yep, I am glad no one got hurt in the end. and the thing was she didnt floor it just kinda loly gagged her way out. I drove by the site with my parents yesterday and they were just like holy shnikes, and were amazed once they saw where it happened and my skid marks. I will have to show take a picture and show. it actually happened in alot smaller area than I thought, but hey what do you expect you dont get things right when that kinda stuff happens haha. the driveway is crazy close to the hill/road. my parents didnt even know it was there and we have been living in the area 15 years. As for the ABS, no I dont have them. I dont know how I was able to steer as sharply as I did and still have the breaks on at the same time. I attribute it to my tires not gripping the road well when locked up, and possible my rotars failing but my drums not. The skid marks are ridiculous and go in a complete C shape... haha. As for the threshhold breaking, Im pretty sure thats what I did essentially, but really no matter how much you practice, in a situation like this you cant really play around and think about it. I literally have 0 reaction time and hit the breaks before I knew what was happening.

All in all Im just glad everyone was ok, it could have been alot worse. thanks for all the words and everyone caring.

Mr. Sinister 06-02-2011 12:17 PM

Glad you're OK and take it as a message: If you don't wear your seat belt, start doing it. I learned the hard way.

jstone326 06-02-2011 12:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Dirt Diver (Post 1275467)
Yeah people are retards on the road. I totalled one of the newer mercury Cougars in my Jeep. I was going about 35-40 (in the speed limit) and she ran her red light. I slammed on my brakes, and tried to swerve around her, but not enough. I slammed right into her right rear corner panel, ripping it off, along with the rear bumper, trunk misaligned her hatchback, crushed her tire and broke her rear axle. Cops came, took our stories, witnesses sided with me, she got tickets and a totalled car out of it... What happend to the Jeep? Just some scraped paint on my bumper and possibly a loose body lift mount. I tore her Sh*$ UP. Serves her right. Oh yeah, and I have pictures somewhere.

Well, then lets see them pics!


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