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post #1 of 13 Old Jul 2nd, 2011, 12:19 pm Thread Starter
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Ladder on Freeway

I was riding in the Oakland hills yesterday and encountered my worst fear, fortunately without any consequences. I dread the traffic reports that include a ladder on the freeway, especially since I commute a lot in the dark.

Right after I pass the ladder in this 35 second video you can see some fragment of it thrown into the air by the car in the #2 lane just in front of me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHKQxAPBIxs

I recorded this with my Droid2Global phone running Daily Roads software.

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Gail and I were coming through Nashville at rush hour (on the way to Breckenridge) a few years ago. Two up on the LT, pulling the Uni-go, doing about 50. I was in the right track of the far left lane trying to leave myself some room, but not enough to entice a car to jump in my lane. Suddenly....WHOOSH...we go zipping by a ladder sitting lengthwise in the center of our lane. I never saw it until it came out from under the car right in front of me. Everybody in front of us just drove over it.

That would've been bad....

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A year ago, an 18-wheeler flung a complete tire tread high into the air many car lengths front of me. By "high", I mean maybe 30 or 40 feet or more. No kidding. It flew way more than twice as high as the nearby concrete freeway bridge, and was going to land somewhere near me. It twisted and turned in the air as I tried to predict where it would fall, which is where I wanted not to be. I swerved far over into the leftmost lane, and luckily avoided it. A nearby car was not so lucky - it did major damage as it crashed down. This happened last summer on I-10 going west through El Paso, TX.

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The worst incident I ever encountered was in my pickup, driving in high, gusty winds on I-5 leading up to the Grapevine. One of those oversize pickups with the side panels holding glass plates was ahead of me by several car lengths. Suddenly, one or more of the glass plates shattered. The air was filled with a rapidly expanding cloud of tiny glass fragments, which looked like glitter. There was no way to swerve around it. The glass cloud spanned three lanes. I plunged through it, trying to choose the least dense part of the cloud. I got off at the next exit and inspected my tires, but they were okay. There were tiny bits of glass all over my truck, but no real damage. All I can say is that I wouldn't have wanted to ride through that cloud on my bike. Ouch!
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Saw the chunk of ladder in the upper right corner?

It just amazes me how many ladders, mattresses and sofas end up in lanes on an interstate highway.

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Saw the chunk of ladder in the upper right corner?

It just amazes me how many ladders, mattresses and sofas end up in lanes on an interstate highway.
That's because people tie them to their car roof, and have no idea of how much force results when they catch some air on the freeway.
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Saw the chunk of ladder in the upper right corner?

It just amazes me how many ladders, mattresses and sofas end up in lanes on an interstate highway.
I was traveling through Albuquerque on I-40 a few years ago on my LT. A local LEO entered the freeway and I settled into an easy pace several car lengths behind him. After a short time he flipped on his emergency lights, then changed lanes abruptly. Lights went off, and he continued down the road.

When I got up to his position, there was a full sized sofa in the middle lane. Hope he radioed the sofa in, because I followed him all the way through town and he didn't give any other indications of concern.

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Bob I am just SO glad you were able to avoid this! We need you to keep the wheels down for more meet ups!!!

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That's because people tie them to their car roof, and have no idea of how much force results when they catch some air on the freeway.
Nothing like seeing a mattress or piece of plywood tied down with a piece of string on a vehicle going 65mph+ on the freeway. Sucker looks like a wing that is trying to lift the car. Idiots!
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Guess it's time for my story-

On I-95, while driving a cage, in the Ft. Lauderdale FL area, a pick up truck loaded with 18 wheeler tires hit something and caused one of the tires to flip out and bounce down the highway ahead of me.

Because of the heavy traffic, I was forced to actually time the bounce so that it went over my car, sliding on the roof and then hitting the vehicle behind me. I couldn't stop, but the accident behind me seemed pretty bad. I actually had a skid mark on the roof of my Crown Vic.

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All I can say Bob is HOLY S#1T. Glad you missed it. That is fantastic video, thanks for sharing.

I guess I have to tell my story since everybody else has. I was in the cage on I-85 in Burlington, NC, a truck going the opposite direction had a high stack of crushed cars on the bed. The load gave way and several came off creating a major accident. I was almost abreast of the thing and was able to speed up to get past before anything hit my lane, but I could see the chaos in the mirror. I'll never forget it and am thankful to God that I escaped.

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That's because people tie them to their car roof, and have no idea of how much force results when they catch some air on the freeway.
That or I've even seen bungee cords. Wish there was some driver education that talked about the wind force generated off the windshield and that the Bungee or cheap polyester rope is no match for the lift created at speed.

Glad you were in a position to avoid.

Fortunately, I haven't had close calls. Mine have all been at least 200 yards ahead so I had ample avoidance window. Let's all be careful out there.

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LOL, %99.999 of drivers in the US have yet to grasps the concept of turn-signals.

I can't count the number of times I've seen cagers, driving on a major road, with one arm out the window holding on to a mattress, sheet of plywood or furniture piled on the roof of the car.
You're right, Dave.

Your Honor, I withdraw the statement. You can educate ignorance, but you can't fix stupid.

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You're right, Dave.

Your Honor, I withdraw the statement. You can educate ignorance, but you can't fix stupid.
You can't fix stupid, but you can vote him out of office.
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