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Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« on: 07 January 2018, 20:42:55 »

Heading home from work this morning on a single lane road which is a bit of a shortcut. I knew it was cold, so on a downhill section where the road was obviously wet I dabbed the brakes to check for ice. All was well so carried on as normal at 30ish mph.
As I started on the following uphill section I noticed a car approaching from the top, about 40 - 50 yards away, doing around the same speed as me.
I braked and was shocked and stunned as the car suddenly carried on as though I hadn't ! The road was like an ice rink.
Both cars were sliding towards each other at unabated speed with no room to pass, and I was certain I was about to have a big accident in a car with no airbags.
There were trees on the n/s and am 18 inch high bank on the o/s. Options were limited and the big accident was getting closer by the millisecond.
I started steering to the right, but the bank was in the way, but just before the two cars met head on , I must have steered into a bit of banking which was slightly lower and my car jumped up onto the bank. I was still sure our near sides would whack one another, but somehow they didn't.
I was then sliding along the wide grass verge on top of the bank with a deep ditch to my o/s until I saw another gap in the bank where I could steer the car back onto the road.
The biggest brown trouser moment I have had in many years. Going by the speed of my heartbeat afterwards, I think Im much too old for this kind of thing now.
It used to be fun in a perverse way, but its just scary now. ::)
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #1 on: 07 January 2018, 20:57:14 »

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It used to be fun in a perverse way, but its just scary now. ::)

I think the difference is, when we were younger we did it deliberately, making sure we had the space to slide about/drift/handbrake turns/J turns etc. but it's a completely different matter getting caught out.
Also, we are far too sensible to do these sort of stunts now.  ;)
Glad it ended well.  :y
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #2 on: 07 January 2018, 21:02:24 »

I think the thing that might have saved me, which wouldn't when I was a youngster, is that I didn't panic, and actually instinctively knew that getting the car up onto the bank on the o/s was the only hope.
As a youngster I would probably have froze, or just twirled the wheel in all directions in a panic, and thought about getting up onto the banking a couple of days later.  ::) ;D
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #3 on: 07 January 2018, 21:06:35 »

Glad it made you think, Albs. Stop driving around in an ancient death trap, stinking the countryside out and buy a reasonably modern car that will give you at least some protection if the worst should happen.
You owe it to your family, you tight old bastard.  :)
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #4 on: 07 January 2018, 21:12:24 »

My old Merc is built like a tank. All I need to do is gaffer tape a pillow to the steering wheel, just in case.  :y ;D
I have my career as a George Clooney lookalike to think of.  :)
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #5 on: 07 January 2018, 21:13:48 »

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Stop driving around in an ancient death trap, stinking the countryside out ..........

I bet he thought he'd had his chips.  ::)

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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #6 on: 07 January 2018, 21:14:03 »

My old Merc is built like a tank. All I need to do is gaffer tape a pillow to the steering wheel, just in case.  :y ;D
I have my career as a George Clooney lookalike to think of.  :)
Yeah. Trouble is, the only crumple zones in the vehicle are your skull and your spine.  ;D
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #7 on: 07 January 2018, 21:14:28 »

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Stop driving around in an ancient death trap, stinking the countryside out ..........

I bet he thought he'd had his chips.  ::)
Tee hee  ;D
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #8 on: 07 January 2018, 21:16:08 »

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Stop driving around in an ancient death trap, stinking the countryside out ..........

I bet he thought he'd had his chips.  ::)
Tee hee  ;D

Very droll.  :P ;D
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #9 on: 07 January 2018, 21:17:18 »

My old Merc is built like a tank. All I need to do is gaffer tape a pillow to the steering wheel, just in case.  :y ;D
I have my career as a George Clooney lookalike to think of.  :)
Yeah. Trouble is, the only crumple zones in the vehicle are your skull and your spine.  ;D

They are both F*cked anyway, so no great loss.  ;D.............family are big and ugly enough to look after themselves now too.  :D
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #10 on: 07 January 2018, 23:18:23 »

Glad it all ended well. :y :y :y

A lesson I learn't in my motorcycling days, once the brain has confirmed "I'm going to hit it" was to look for a way out and go for it. Luckily all the plan disparates worked with the closes to contact being rubbing an arm along the side of a car while as close to the kerb I could get while braking hard. :y :y :y
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #11 on: 08 January 2018, 05:32:41 »

Agreed, don't panic and run with whatever decision you make, regardless of actual outcome  ;)
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #12 on: 08 January 2018, 12:53:20 »

I think the thing that might have saved me, which wouldn't when I was a youngster, is that I didn't panic, and actually instinctively knew that getting the car up onto the bank on the o/s was the only hope.
As a youngster I would probably have froze, or just twirled the wheel in all directions in a panic, and thought about getting up onto the banking a couple of days later.  ::) ;D

......you would have probably been so pissed up that you didn't care the 'rozzers' were after you and were about to crash. ;)
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #13 on: 08 January 2018, 13:15:40 »

That's also true. They never once caught me in a chase though on two or four wheels. Roadblocks with cops with machine guns were a different matter though. Had to stop at those. Got caught at one on a Norton Commando when I was sixteen. A long list of charges ensued from that incident.  ::) ;D
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #14 on: 08 January 2018, 13:35:42 »

That's also true. They never once caught me in a chase though on two or four wheels. Roadblocks with cops with machine guns were a different matter though. Had to stop at those. Got caught at one on a Norton Commando when I was sixteen. A long list of charges ensued from that incident.  ::) ;D

Did any of those charges involve things that go bang in the night?  :P
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #15 on: 08 January 2018, 13:42:54 »

Noooooooo. I never got involved in all that shite. There were far more important things in life - bikes, cars, girls, music..... ;)
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #16 on: 08 January 2018, 14:03:14 »

Ah, the finer things in life!  :D
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #17 on: 08 January 2018, 14:23:39 »

It is times like that Migv6 that you know it is going to be a good day!

You dodged the bullet, as I have on numerous occasions, and on three of those it should have been a fatal outcome, so I know that feeling of "How did I get away from that?" :o :o 

But, your number was not up, even for a serious shunt.  Do the lottery this week! 8) 8) ;)
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #18 on: 08 January 2018, 16:03:38 »

Ah, the expensive things in life!  :D

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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #19 on: 09 January 2018, 22:46:29 »

And the undercrackers? Written off, or can the missus salvage them?
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Re: Very close shave this morning on black ice.
« Reply #20 on: 09 January 2018, 22:49:05 »

Scrap.  :y Seat is salvageable though.  :)
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