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.Pastiche, twenty, BillZBubb and 32 othersAdmiral Loinpresser, Koko, FourScore, ThinkingANew, Utopian Leftist, Land of Enchantment, Babel 17, Lorien, NJOCK, Gryneos, iggy, Spanishprof27, Pacco Fransisco, Pam, disillusioned73, jwirr, davidgmills, djean111, Haikugal, PADemD, xynthee, Coldmountaintrail, PuffGranny, nevereVereven, BuySellTrade, Doremus Jessup, roguevalley, incognito, area woman, so far from heaven, closeupready, tonyl like this
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