Mandy's Interesting Morning Behind A Truck...

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Amanda .'s Comment
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So it was about 4 30am. or so and I was driving down the freeway and I was coming up behind a big rig ( driving a safe distance behind it ) when I heard a loud bang and tire pieces just going every where (if I wasn't fully awake before I deffinetly was now) and I just see/ hear this truck swerve all the way to the right ( all i saw was two cars fly pass me and a ton of tire just going all over the road , ) I felt kind of bad for just driving by but at the same time if i stopped I couldn't do anything to help the trucker. ( The truck did not tip over he was able to come to a complete stop safely and no one was hit so that is the up side , that just comes to show everything can be fine and dandy one second and in a blink of an eye you have an emergancy on your hands. scarey stuff.

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, you're not kidding! When those tires blow it can sound like a bomb going off.

And you mentioned one of the toughest parts about trucking - attention at all times. It's tough to always be focused but it's critical because things can go from perfect to a disaster in a split second. And believe it or not, the overwhelming majority of horrendous accidents I've seen were in the most perfect conditions - sunny day, light traffic - just perfect. That's when people tend to let their guard down and get distracted.

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Amanda .'s Comment
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Yeah you should never let your gaurd down driving anything be aware at all times cars bikes trucks limo's i don't care what your driving be cautious and alert. i know i am going off topic but i take driving very seriously i have been in 3 major accidents i drive in the slow lane 99% of the time and i can't stand going past 65 some times i push 70 but its not to often, i am the one who sits on a green light that extra second to triple check to make sure there is no one coming in the other directions before proceeding the light.

my friend just past away Sunday evening from a head on collision heading home to az the accident i believe was in reno or close by her and her two boys the other car did not have there headlights on, what happen not sure at this point of why it became a head on collision did some one fall asleep at the wheel I don't have those answers all i know is there was no head lights on, on the other car and her mini van went up in smoke.

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Starcar's Comment
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Amanda my thoughts and prayers go out to your friend and her family. Its so much worse when tragedy touches the lives of children.... And off topic, but something everyone should check into. Mini vans are one of the worst built vehicles on the road today. they are great for having space, easy to get in and out of, but little to no protection in a wreck. I've always hated it when they call them "mommy mobiles", cuz thats the last thing I'd put in those rolling tin cans is my kids....

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Amanda .'s Comment
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Starcar- Thank you.,

I agree with you I can't stand mini van's myself nor would I put a kid in one. Those along with smart cars and mini coopers and just small things like that as well. like i said though before earlier I take driving very seriously ,

People who upset me the most and maybe I am a bit more bitter right now because of my friend and her two boy's passing

Are those who say oh the speed is 65 oh well i will go 80 and blast my music on top of that so i can't hear a bike coming or police car or what have you and to put the icing on the cake let me send so and so a text or call em'. Ooo i am done with that so now let me finish putting my make up on. Or maybe they are just flat out drunk / high something. People are so disrespectful on the road and i feel like its just been getting worse over the years maybe it is just me because i so hyper sinsative to different kinds of wrecks. yes i am ranting and i have wishful thinking that isn't realistic but wishful that people would start respecting the darn road a lot better then what it become, i mean look back to the 30's hell 60's even .... there wasn't as many deaths do to being stoned drunk or simple distractions like cell phones or j walkers.i am not saying there wasn't any deaths at all i know that happend but there wasn't as many I don't know how accurate google is but everyone says just google it, so on google it says automobile accidents in the USA in 1930 there was 31,204 deaths in the USA for 1930 that to me seemed like a lot til i read on in 1979 there was 45,000 ( can't remember exact number deaths and in 2011 there was 32,000 deaths so ok it goes up and down yes as i was writting this out i thought i'd google it ,... now i am about to go more in depth of it and see how off it really ways cause as i am sitting hre writing i am thinking that still sounds like an awful lot for 1930's so i will get back to you on how stupid i may be sounding at this moment.

But starcar thank you again. prayer is very much needed at my friends family side right now.

Sorry all for the rant i just get on a topic i can't unglue my finger tips from the keyboard.

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Houkie's Comment
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I agree 100% with everything you said, Amanda. I don't think you're hypersensitive though -- I think you're just sensible. People nowadays in general just don't have any sense at all. My friends and family all jokingly call me "Granny Driver" because I do the speed limit everywhere I go. It makes me chuckle because my friends are silly, but if you think about it, it's pretty sad that people pick on me and joke that I'm slow because I choose to drive at the safe, legal, posted speed.

To add to your list of ridiculous things we've seen people doing while driving, I was driving to college a week or so ago and some idiot passed me reading a BOOK at the wheel. On a four-lane highway, doing 70 mph. Reading an actual paperback novel.

Talk about someone who deserves to be in handcuffs! :\

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Amanda .'s Comment
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Houkie- Oh wow that beyond stupid yeah I get called that too though and it is sad and it might be a joke for one to call someone granny but it is upsetting and when I hear I say ok lets compare driving records

Houkie's Comment
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LOL I say the same thing. "Laugh at me all you want, but let's compare driving records and then we'll see who's the one laughing." I do speed a little from time to time. But never more than 5-10 mph over the speed limit and I have to be pretty motivated to do it. This morning I woke up late for an exam in my morning chemistry class (staying up until 4-5 a.m. every night studying is killin' me) and I did 75 mph all the way to school (the speed limit is 65). That's pretty intense for me, but good grief, there were still people flying around me and riding my rear bumper like I was doing 30! Most of them, like you said, playing on their cellphones or putting on makeup. Crazy!

Amanda .'s Comment
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Yeah i was driving today in a neighborhood that has an elementary school in it and pe was doing laps in the neighborhood I was going 10 mph and this jerk behind me slammed on his horn went around me and sped off. .... my boyfriend doesnt like it when I use that line lets compare driving records because he has a few tickets for speeding. 15 mph over. Speed limit on our freeways out here are 65 as well.

I remember going to az for the first time and seeing the speed limit was 70 or 75 I was so hesitant to drive because people were st

ill flying by as im pushing 70 . After a few times of driving out there though I was able to drive a little less nervously as long as I was in the slow lane I was good. Even people getting on the freeway were zipping by me.

Amanda .'s Comment
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Sorry all i just came hm. From az my friend and her two boys funeral.,

I know I said I would get back to yall on the death toll rate from the 1930's - 2013 I tried ask.com google yahoo and sad to say I came up with a ton car wreck pics. And death tolls between then and now but not just for car accidents. So I found interesting things just not the right thing though I do apologies.

I tried.

Mandy

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