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Idiots with Cars (was Door Dingers)
Browning, David wrote:
>I've never seen so many people around where I live (Indianapolis), who
>will take their brand-spanking new car and run it off the side of the
>road, through ditches, gravel, etc. just to get around somebody to turn
Reminds me of the time last spring when I was heading north around the
east side of Indianapolis on the outerbelt.
I was in the hammer lane traveling with a group of cars passing slower
traffic which, surprisingly, was actually keeping to the right. Suddenly
my left mirror was filled with the image of a fast approaching POS Ford
Tempo running about 85-90 mph - half on the shoulder and half in the
median. When the Tempo came beside me I looked over and saw the driver
was a 20-25 year old female, driving with a big cup of beverage in one
hand, the other hand draped over the top of the wheel, and an infant in
the passenger's seat. Not much for maternal instinct, eh?
I slowed, thinking that this idiot was trouble, but then the moron lost
control and dropped tail down into the median just as she got beside the
car just two positions ahead of me. Now her car was sliding down the
median and shoulder sideways at 80 mph, throwing all manner of debris and
stones airborne into my path. I stopped, to avoid the debris, along with
several cars ahead and behind me. Somehow the POS car slid to a stop
sideways without rolling. She was immobile about 3 seconds before
speeding off using the left lane, which was then clear of traffic because
we had all stopped while she was sliding along sideways. I wonder if she
ever put two hands on the wheel?
Thinking I had avoided any severe impacts with debris, I was glad to see
her drive away. It was not until later, after completing the 3 hour drive
home to Michigan, that I discovered a hole through my right headlight.
<mandatory AUDI content> Sadly, I was driving my VW GTI with my already
upgraded headlights and not my 5kcstq with POS DOT lights.
Eric R. Kissell
86 5kcstq 1.8 bar, still with POS DOT headlights