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  • NJCher (2764 posts)
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    I Want You to Learn from My Mistake

    I was exiting off the NJ Turnpike, and it had been raining a bit. I was going the speed limit. I had not reattached my seat belt after I detached it when I leaned out the window to pay the toll.

    My car hit a mixture of rain and oil and went out of control. I did a 360-turn at least two or three times, and then the car fishtailed. It was so hard to bring it under control. I drive a station wagon, so all the weight was on the front end, meaning everything was working against me in the fish tail.

    I am good in emergencies; I always keep my cool. I remembered that when skidding, one is to steer in the direction of the skid. I did this, although I could see I was headed straight into the guard rail. Incredibly, I missed the guard rail. Or maybe not so incredibly: this advice works. It worked for me in this situation.

    This was about 11:30 on Saturday morning. Yes, there was traffic everywhere. How I avoided colliding with someone is beyond me.

    The exit was narrow, with little room on either side. After what seemed like an eternity, I regained control of the car and emerged onto the Turnpike.

    I am amazed that I got out of it unhurt and alive. I fully realize that I could be seriously injured or even dead right now. You probably wouldn’t even notice until three or four days from now, someone would say, “Where’s the ‘What’s for Dinner’ thread by NJ_Cher?”

    So why am I telling you this? Because I would like you to benefit from my mistake. You see, even though I had passed a recent NJ safety inspection check, my tires were not the greatest. I think I went into that skid because I needed new tires. Of course, the road conditions played a part, but I think I would have been able to gain control faster if my tires were better able to grip the road.

    I immediately went to a tire store and purchased three new tires (one was already new).

    Winter is coming. Bald tires won’t cut it. Please learn from my close call. Check your tires.


    p.s. and if you detach your seat belt, reattach it before you resume driving.

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  • closeupready (2177 posts)
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    1. I'm so glad you are okay, and got your car fixed.

    :hug:  :hi:

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  • NV Wino (6271 posts)
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    2. Yep. Excellent advice.

    Don’t forget to replace windshield wipers before winter/rainy season.

    Resist-sm_zpswfchkz8t “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee  
  • oldandhappy (4203 posts)
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    3. Wheeee!

    I am so glad you are OK.  I held my breath reading your post even knowing you had to be OK or you could not have posted, smile.  Yep,  Just had my tires checked last weekend.

    Invest in people.  Seek TRUTH.
  • so far from heaven (15884 posts)
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    4. I'm trying to see what your mistake was.

    It sounds like you did everything by the book. And it worked.

    And yes, you should be conscious of your immediate environment, both inside the car and out.

    But your intelligence and quick wits made the real difference. They always will.

     "When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun.'" -Groucho Marx.
  • HIP56948 (3441 posts)
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    5. Whoa, glad you're alright. I understand what you're saying.

    Florida quit inspecting cars years ago.  Said it was “A freedom issue”   Yeah, I know…GOP’s are always so concerned about freedom.

    I have my tires checked on a regular basis.


  • area woman (5640 posts)
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    6. Glad you're ok!

    I rarely think to check the tread on my tires. Fortunately, my mechanic looks out for me.

    I'm so cute I shit kittens.
  • Silver Witch (6181 posts)
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    7. So glad you are okay Cher.

    Radicals have special angels watching over them!

    And of course we all need to check our cars when the season changes  we’ll not us Californians  we have not seasons



    Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost~John Quincy Adams  
  • tularetom (2374 posts)
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    8. Thanks for reminding me

    Bought a new truck in 2015 and never have checked the tires.

    I always used the old one cent tread gauge.  You stick a penny into the tread head first.  If you  can see the top of Abe Lincolns head, you need to replace that tire.

    I went home with a waitress the way I always do  How was I to know she was with the russians, too? Notary Sojac
  • Aerows (4559 posts)
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    9. Good advice, NJCher

    Learn from mine – if your stomach is killing you, go to the doctor!

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  • PADemD (1359 posts)
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    10. Glad to hear you’re ok.

    Your car must be an older model.  My car makes lots of noise if my seat belt is not buckled.

  • Hobbit709 (3474 posts)
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    11. Under the right conditions, you can hydroplane at 30 mph or less

    If it’s wet I always slow down no matter what someone behind me wants.

    I won't shut up and I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing
  • disillusioned73 (577 posts)
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    12. This must b a sign.. ;)

    I’ve been driving around w/ 3 dead tires for months now.. one blew out on the turnpike earlier this year – so that one was replaced. One wobbles from the fix-a-flat that i pumped into it last month – so I avoid speeds above 60 mph cause my suv shakes like a banshi.. one front tire hums like a warning of what is to come… and the third I woke up to flat the other day so now I have the full size spare residing in it’s place till I scrape the funds together… SUV tires are not cheap, even @ Costco with the $70 off deal we are talking $700+

    It’s tough living check-to-check..

    "Certainly there are some people in the Democratic Party who want to maintain the status quo. They would rather go down with the Titanic so long as they have first-class seats." - Bernie Sanders
  • NJOCK (677 posts)
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    13. I am so glad you are ok

    OMG I was reading your story and (I swear) a voice inside my head was saying “OH GOD PLZ BE OK!” over and over again.

    MAJOR kudos to you NJCher for turning your nightmare into a teaching moment. I do not think I have interacted with you here, but now I am going to look for your stuff. You are a GOOD person. Cheers.


    “The first revolution is when you change your mind about how you look at things, and see there might be another way to look at it that you have not been shown. What you see later on is the results of that, but that revolution, that change that takes place will not be televised.” -Gil Scott-Heron
  • Lorien (1803 posts)
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    14. Glad that you're alright! If you have a Costco membership

    they’ll inspect your tires, check the tire pressure, fill the tires (if needed) and rotate for free. There’s a place to pull up for this service right outside the tire center, usually marked by an orange cone.

  • Babel 17 (4236 posts)
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    15. "More important to be able to stop than it is to go"

    Might have been my father’s advice. He was big on car safety, and having good tires. He’d done some truck driving, and worked in an auto shop, and did maintenance on a fleet of Water Authority vehicles.

    My older sister had to show him she could safely change a tire before she could hit the road for the first time. :)

    And he insisted she carry water, blankets, etc. in the trunk. He was also a combat veteran. ;)

  • Land of Enchantment (9273 posts)
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    16. Whew! Holding my breath as I read it. Your reflexes are excellent and I'm so

    glad you are all right. It’s usually a combination of events and factors that cause accidents. Thanks for the heads up and stay safe.

         "Hope is the feathered thing that perches in your heart." ~ Emily Dickinson