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So there I am, on my way to work this morning, in the wet, slushy snow. We have only a two lane highway with open fields on either side.

I'm doing about 90 km/hr, when suddenly, a full sized van in the on-coming lane does a speed wobble and the a$$ end of his van starts spinning out into my lane. His van, which is massive compared to my airbag-less Escort is half way in my lane and the back end is turning further into my lane.

In the course of about a quarter of a second, I had to decide if I was gonna just sacrifice the Escort by dumping it into the field or whether I truly believed I could maneuver around the on-coming, out of control van in the slushy snow.

I take my chances, steer quickly but in a controlled way onto the shoulder, begin a controlled fishtale myself in time to see his van slide by me, perpendicular to the road and within about 2 feet of my driver's side. Fortunately, there was no car immediately behind me.

All was well. Two kilometers up the road a brand new SUV was lying on its hood in the ditch on the other side of the road.

The Escort is still alive and continues its dream of seeing 500,000 km. The only downside is I spilled half of my buddy's coffee all over his pants.
That and we both ended up with a mild accumulation of trouser chili.

In case you haven't yet done it - get your winter tires on and take a skid course if you get the chance. It may save your life (or your Escort) one day. And remember, the roads are most slippery within 2 degrees Celsius of freezing, that is when you need your best traction tires on, not necessarily in the depth of winter.

Drive smart and be aware.
 

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nice maneuvering, and i'm glad you, your buddy and your car are still fine.

I personally, at my parents request and expense (worth the $900), took an Audi Driving Experience course that taught my loads. I learned all the skid controll stuff, emergincy lane change, emergincy braking while turning.
 

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Well good driving! I'm suprised that you have snow stuff already.... I don't live all that far away, and I've only seen snow 2 or 3 times this year.... none of which stayed, but it was enough to see a few accidents due to the slightly slippery roads. I agree to get the winter tires on (although my low pros seem like they would have handled better in the slightly slippery weather we've had). Now I think the moral of this story is though..... get the dockers spill and stain resistant pants.
 

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highanddry said:
....The only downside is I spilled half of my buddy's coffee all over his pants....
hahahahahahaha!!! :lol:
yeah, definitely glad to hear the outcome of your story was on a positive note.

drive it like you stole it.
 

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highanddry said:
In case you haven't yet done it - get your winter tires on and take a skid course if you get the chance.
Humbug!

My RX-7 is my winter car. Tons of fun. Granted... you gotta be careful, but the more you mess around, the more you learn how it handles. It's just way too much fun in the snow and rain though. Probably more fun than I should be allowed to legally have.

Glad to hear you got out of that one with all your pieces together.
 

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high and dry's story writing skills own. lol Glad your car made it out alive. I've had a few close calls with the scorty and the Civic. I need new tires, and my performance tires aren't rated for winter driving. :cry:
 

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Thanks for the kind words fellas.

I'm sure we've all had close calls...if you haven't, you will eventually, even if you are a good driver - it only takes one irresponsible driver to make life miserable for everyone. In the end, these experiences make you a better and more vigilant driver.

VTHokiesSE said:
I personally, at my parents request and expense (worth the $900), took an Audi Driving Experience course that taught my loads. I learned all the skid controll stuff, emergincy lane change, emergincy braking while turning.
Say what you will about rich kids, but the Audi course is a good one. The BMW course is excellent also. For all you kids who are just getting your driver's license, these courses can save your life. The $900 is money well spent, plus you get to drive a car that you'll never afford, with state of the art technology (unlike my airbag-less LX).

Be safe.
 

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Im glad your ok HighandDry

I had a close call last week when the roads were wet. The stoplight turned red and I put on my brakes and the car slid. I was damn close to hitting the big Ford Cargo Van in front of me. If I had my airbags probably would have went off since the bumper of the van meets up with my grille.
 

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Ya glad to hear your OK, when it was raining really hard down here this mid 80's prelude slammed on his drums from the left and stopped about 2 feet from my lane as I approached to turn left. I just clapped my hands so he could see it. But then again he was in his teens and had 3 other friends in the car....
 

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where would you go for one of those Audi courses??? They had some skid stuff when I took driver's ed.... but it didn't teach me much, I had better luck stopping the way I always have than with the ABS skid crap, and all that stuff..... I've had a fair number of close calls... black civic passes 5 cars when I'm coming the opposite direction about 20ft from the first car - miss him by like 6 inches.... had to drive onto the shoulder. Just yesterday I had 3 people pass where they couldn't see, all causing me to have to use the brakes - never needed to lock them up because I was paying attention and watched as they began to pull out, so I had more than enough time. hmmmmmm....... I just hate some drivers - it's one of those reasons that I wanted to be a cop, but I would end up either beating or shooting some guy who was abusing his wife and children, not to mention all of the corruptiony type stuff you hear about when you're taking the course. Customs it is for me. If I ever see you guys comin across the border, I'll make sure to pull ya's over to take a closer look at the car. I will have to say though, take your car out in good, bad, and horrible conditions on some back road, and just have some fun hitting the brakes, cornering, etc.... see what it can do without endangering yourself or others. It's saved me because I know what my car can do.
 

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Do they have any schools in Ontario? It would be a fun vacation, but not one that I would be taking any time soon.
 

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When my sister got her licence, I took her out on a nasty day and made her do donuts in a parking lot in the snow. I showed her how to steer out of a skid, how to regain control by using the gas pedal, and how the ebrake can keep you under control.

A month later she thanked me. She almost bit the big one. Some idiot slipped and came straight towards her. She did some crazy move and avoided the accident. The people that wrecked the the other vehicle fliped the car over in a snow bank. She called the cops and eveyone was OK. She could have been killed.

I tell every new driver they need to practice in a safe parking lot. Most think I am crazy. Oh well.


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If you could let me know about the BMW course, that'd be great! I've learned my car quite well, but any excuse to beat someone elses car and learn something new is worth the money!!!
 

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Bigracefan said:
Was the Coffee from Tim Hortons?
Yup. Extra large double double. What a waste.

96EscortLX:

Below is a Canadian link for the driver's safety course info. The site is under construction, but there's an email address and a toll free number listed. Call/email to get details of nearest location and date. Enjoy.

http://www.bmw.ca/english/lifestyle/dri ... es-fs.html
 

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Thanks! but the site wasn't workin.... I'll try again tomorrow, it may have just been down.
 
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