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|20th January 2008, 01:15||#1|
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Advice Needed In The Interest Of Safety
was driving from b'lore to hyd . ananthapur was the place around 8 am , so wasnt like twilight was hampering my vision . it was a long arc and i would say that the change was max about 30 degrees over 100-200mts or so . its one of those turns that u can keep ur speed and yet stick to your lane without any cause for concerns .
i was doing about 80kmph . ( cant say wat the approach speed was cause i only looked at the speed once i felt the jolt of the bump) .
was driving as normal havin a conversation with my mum (bless her for being brave) , saw a truck bout 300-400m away( trailer actually coz it was one of them with a loose backend that swings around) as i got to the apex of the curve , i suddenly hit a "hidden" silent bump on the road , one of those smooth gradual bumps that just lifts you in the air for a sec, only this time it was at the apex and it completely thre me off gaurd and pushed the car into the opposite lane .
now since it was a curve ahead , i didnt wanna turn the wheels to keep the car in the right direction and brake at the same time and end up in a spin (this is my judgement of how it happens , coach me if im wrong). and at the same time if i didnt turn i would run out of road . the problem was that this road was about 6-7 ft above ground level compared to the fields around and i had to make sure i dont end up nose diving . noticed a tree further ahead as well which i had to avoid hitting head on ( on the opposite side of road .) and in between all this ..... the truck had already come close while i was half on the road and half on the gravel facing the truck
i had to avoid hitting the tree and hope that the truck would move to the middle of the road to avoid hitting half my car . the driver of the truck did move to the centre but, since it was a trailer kind , the backend of the truck swerved and the car far facing the rear wheel of the truck .
the rear wheel looked like it was gonna just climb on top of the car but instead it hit the left front and bounced back . the left front was completely smashed but amazingly it had stopped at the wheel arch and even the passenger door did not even loose its allignment . the left mirror was intact . thats all the good news . to judge a sense of the angle .... picture it that the wheel was pushed inwards into the engine .
this was a lucky escape and i was blank as to what happened coz all the time my eyes were only on the road , the tree , the truck and .....my mum when the wheel was heading for an unavoidable collision . i completely missed looking at where or how the truck tyre hit the car coz my thoughts were elsewhere.
i havent mentioned about the vehicle till now since im using this oppurtunity to get opinions and valuable tips on my driving actions . and then i'll leave it to the pundits to advice on what needs to be done to this particular car model to avoid such incidents .
car : NHC 2005
points id like to know about
1 : judgements on my own judgements at the timeill try n post a drawing of the scenario but make note dont make make judgements on the curve of the road from the pic coz its a windows powerpoint drawing .... not like i can get the exact scene but just assisting you guys in making the right comments and judgements .
on a lighter note ....... plucked a mango from the orchard close by to eat while waiting for the insurance fellas ...... and the sap from the newly plucked mango has left a scar on my chin that reminds me of the accident . and yes my mum was brave and took it on the chin and i beleive she was the angel that made the judgement and said " she never saw it coming and didnt feel at any point that i was driving on the edge at that turn and it was just a case of "**** happens" "
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