PSA: Be careful driving in inclement weather

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PSA: Be careful driving in inclement weather

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Post by Grundy1133 » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:35 am

So today at 5:22am I was getting on the entrance ramp to get onto I-35 E to go to work. I proceeded to hydroplane across 2 lanes of traffic and hit the median. long story short I'm ok. my truck not so much... Remember folks, when its wet out you cant always see the water pooled up on the road and hydroplaning can happen anytime and to anyone. luckily for me I didnt hit anyone else and I wasn't hurt. I'll be spending the day today looking for a new vehicle instead of being at work... Be careful out there folks!
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Post by flechero » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:41 am

I had to take a neighbor to the Dr about 40 miles south of me yesterday... 35 between temple and round rock was littered with vehicles in the ditch and a number of them with fire/ems at the medians. It was a mess. Glad you are ok!


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Post by strogg » Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:05 am

I'm happy Grundy walked away from that in one piece. Others may not be that lucky.

PSA Part 2: Don't forget to keep up your vehicle maintenance as well.

-- Don't skimp out on tires. Cheap tires or balding tires will dramatically decrease your grip on a wet road.
-- Make sure your suspension is maintained. You may have awesome tires, but bad shocks or bushings or whatnot WILL make your car drift all over the road for seemingly no reason even if the car feels stable.
-- If you have big tires, make sure you pay attention to wheel balance. The bigger the tire, the less likely it is to be balanced from the factory. Tires aren't guaranteed to stay in one place after installation, so as the tire rotates around the wheel, it will throw off the balance. Typically you'd feel it. If you do, get them back to the shop you got the tires from to rebalance them. They'll typically do it for free, and it should only take a few minutes.


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Post by mayor » Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:39 am

Yep, you have to be alert and drive with both hands on the wheel. When it's icy, I don't try to go in. I'm not at work, but at least I'm not at work AND have a busted vehicle at worst or a towing fee at best. Be safe. Glad you weren't injured.

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Post by DocV » Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:59 am

I am sorry about your accident but am happy you are okay.
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Post by rotor » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:28 pm

Low tire pressure can also cause hydroplaning. In cold weather low pressure is more common. Good tires and proper pressure is important. Glad you are okay.

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Post by Bitter Clinger » Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:02 pm

Umm...slow down? :rules:
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Post by longtooth » Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:11 pm

Grundy1133 wrote:
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:35 am
So today at 5:22am I was getting on the entrance ramp to get onto I-35 E to go to work. I proceeded to hydroplane across 2 lanes of traffic and hit the median. long story short I'm ok. my truck not so much... Remember folks, when its wet out you cant always see the water pooled up on the road and hydroplaning can happen anytime and to anyone. luckily for me I didnt hit anyone else and I wasn't hurt. I'll be spending the day today looking for a new vehicle instead of being at work... Be careful out there folks!
This is important in the very rural areas of Deep East Texas too. We canceled our Wednesday evening service at the church I pastor due to water, water everywhere. Little community of Beulah 9 miles out of the thriving metropolis of Diboll, Texas. Water gets completely over the road in about 3 different places on 2 Farm Roads going to the church. One of those has to be closed sometimes. (Not last evening though)
Thank you Lord Grundy was not hurt.
Thank several of you for the reminders concerning tires. 1st in importance is will it start. After that #2 I think is tires. :thumbs2: :thumbs2:
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Post by JakeTheSnake » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:36 pm

Watch out for flying deer too!
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