You Don't Know How To Avoid An Accident

I saw the aftermath of two accidents in the last two days.
1. Very black skid marks from the left lane up to the right lane, then none. Then van continued traveling off the right side of highway (4-lane access) through the fence and upside down in the field. That kind of maneuver is nearly impossible to perform except in a panic.
Suggestion: Stop over-correcting. Take foot off of the gas and concentrate on steering out of the trouble, not on stopping.
Ex.: Years ago while driving on a six-lane Interstate highway I ran over a tire. I didn't see it until the last second as it was wall-to-wall traffic. Unfortunately, the tire included the steel rim. I moved slightly left as I didn't want it to hit under me. Hitting the floor under the foot section of the passenger side, it lifted my car. I took my foot off of the gas and concentrated on steering out of trouble. I drove on two wheels for approx. 500-feet allowing the car to slow down by itself. I knew that if I oversteered or applied the brakes that I would land upside down. If I had turned the front wheel to the right I would have tipped over. I kept the wheel pointed slightly to the left. Luckily I had just enough highway to allow the car to drop back on its four wheels. I then continued to allow the car to slow down and when it slowed enough I drove it off of the right side of the road. Only then did I apply the brakes to stop it. The car was totaled. I was not injured--not even a scratch.
Note: If you don't panic your mind will go into slow-motion, like mine did, and you'll have all the time in the world to figure it out, safely. What was probably 30-seconds seemed like 5+ minutes. (My mind has gone into slow-motion twice).
2. Four-way intersection at a red light. Car entering from the right, turning right, half-way into the intersection. The driver drives directly into the left side just in front of the driver's door.
Did she push the yellow light? Most probably.
Did he just assume that because the light turned green that he could go? Most probably.
It is not illegal to go through a yellow light but in her case, she most probably only saw the yellow light and just went past the light never realizing that it had already turned red by the time she got to the cross street.
It takes 2-3 seconds after a light turns red before the light at the cross street turns green.
Suggestions: 1. Stop pushing the yellow light.
2. Count to three after the light turns green before starting out. And if there is a car still in the intersection, don't run into it. Don't merely look but actually see what is in front of you.
look - to turn one's eyes toward something. Shouldn't be merely at the light but also on the road ahead before you start up.
see - to perceive with the eyes; To understand what is ahead; thereby to be able to avoid the danger.
Ask yourself. Was the 3-seconds spent at the intersection better than the days or weeks that your damaged car will be in the repair shop? Would the 3-seconds spent before leaving the intersection make a difference in the time that you would have arrived at your destination?
Was pushing the light worth the accident?


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