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  •  And Keep Your Wheels Straight Before Turning (8+ / 0-)

    My ex was going to make a left hand turn like that and had started to turn her wheels and I said "If someone hit you from behind, you'd be thrown into oncoming traffic -"  When WHAM a big old station wagon rear ended us, throwing us into the path of a Buick.  Miraculously nobody was hurt.  The driver of the station wagon was a very pregnant 16 yo girl crying "My Daddy's gonna kill me!"  And I was thinking "Yeah, probably...."

    •  That exact situation (2+ / 0-)
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      TheOrchid, Senor Unoball

      killed a mother and two daughters near my home. They were rear-ended by someone who had fallen asleep and that shoved them into an oncoming vehicle, killing them all.

      And now I never turn my wheels until I'm ready to turn, which had not occurred to me prior to hearing about that tragic accident. Makes perfect sense, of course.

    •  Ha! Reminds me.... (2+ / 0-)
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      TheOrchid, bernardpliers
      The driver of the station wagon was a very pregnant 16 yo girl crying "My Daddy's gonna kill me!"
      Similar situation when I lived in Valdez. Got rear-ended one afternoon while stopped on a two-lane road waiting for a car in front of me to make a left turn.

      I saw it coming and could do nothing but hold on and hope for the best. WHAM! right into the rear of my Subaru wagon.

      The 16- or 17-year-old girl driving was not hurt, nor was I. We drove to the side with her screaming at me, "Why were you stopped in the middle of the road!!!"

      "Uh, because traffic in front of me was stopped while somebody was making a turn?"

      Being a small town, her father came across the scene and begged me, almost on bended knees, not to report the accident. Said he would pay for all repairs and make my car good as new.

      But, being a small town with an overabundance of police, a cop was on his way. (This was before cellphones.)

      Cop came, and he made sure my brake lights were working. Then told me the reason that the girl's Dad was so insistent on me not reporting the accident: Turns out I was the 3rd or 4th person his daughter had collided with, each time her fault!

      I cannot imagine what he must have been paying in auto insurance, but I guarantee my daughter would no longer have been driving.

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