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Posted: April 23 2018 at 5:45pm | IP Logged Quote M700

This morning, in Oregon, northbound in wheat country on Hwy 97, I think the center rumble strip saved our lives.

Literally.

Kath and I were in the Jeep, towing our little camping trailer, doing 50 - 55 in the 55 zone, northbound in a gentle curve, heading slightly uphill.

A tractor-trailer in the oncoming lane drifted into our lane, straightening the corner and coming right at us. Closing speed had to be 100+ mph between the two vehicles.

I knew I couldn't avoid impact, all I could do was keep it from being a head-on. I turned towards the shoulder and accelerated as best the Jeep could manage. Braking would have been suicide, keeping me in the truck's path.

The truck suddenly veered back into it's lane, slowly hauling the trailer along. We missed by... Well it was friggin' close.

I'll likely never forget that huge chrome bumper headed right towards me. All I could think was "I have to save Kath." I need to get as far forward, and as far from a head-on collision as possible. Nearly went off the road trying to do that.

We missed, but it was a near thing.

I credit the rumble strip with alerting the truck driver. He made a last minute correction that saved us. I couldn't do anything more. If he hadn't turned back towards his lane, I wouldn't be typing this.

I'm going to write ODOT and Washington DOT and let 'em know I think I'm alive because of the rumble strip ODOT put on hwy 97. It's not everywhere, and I think it ought to be.

Saying another prayer of thanks about now. I've lost count of how many I've sent today.
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Posted: April 23 2018 at 6:24pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

As a biker I personally believe that any
driver who drives on the wrong side of the
public road to take the inside of the
corner like a freaking race car driver
should have their drivers license
suspended first offense, cancelled second
offense, barred for life third offense, no
buts no and no maybes!!!

I have had many close calls because of
this terrifying behavior some drivers have
of risking a head on and other innocent
people's lives to save themselves mere
seconds on the curves. And believe me it
is a whole different thing on a bike when
facing those near head on collisions
especially when it's a big rig or even the
worst of all a big RV or Bus especially
school buses.

Because your riding a bike not driving a
full size vehicle they often feel no need
to correct even upon seeing you and
knowing full well what they are doing,
some because they think they can squeeze
by anyway because you are a biker and
others because they think bikers don't
count and anyone riding a bike is stupid
for riding a bike in the first place and
is fair game.

Rumble strips not only on the edges of the
road but also down the center line under
the yellow center line would be a good
idea but still won't stop many of them
from continuing to cut their left turns
into the incoming lane over a center line
rumble strips full well knowingly.

I assumed you slammed on the horn as well?
That is what I do which is tied into a
safety circuit box which also alert pulses
all the lights on my bike including the
front sturn signals and high beam
headlight circuit up front. Unfortunately
many just visibly laugh and just keep
coming at me in my lane usually until they
recognize the bulge on my helmet is a
video camera and then panic swerve back
into their lane about flipping their
vehicle.

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Posted: April 23 2018 at 6:42pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Hi. Ya, I ride too. Bought my first street bike in 1980. It's been fun, and as you well know, "interesting."

That's an understatement.

Ya, the truck driver just drifted across the line, he should have been turning tighter to his right, but... Instead he was coming right into my lane. Law of lug nuts, he was going to win the collision battle.

I think I got the Jeep & trailer far enough to the side of the road, and off-line enough to avoid a head-on, but I'm not sure if he would have hit the side of my Jeep, or maybe the camping trailer.

He corrected. Thank God! I think it was the rumble strip that alerted him.

He didn't appear to be speeding. Roughly the same speed as everyone else I'd seen that day on that stretch of highway, somewhere around 50 - 60 mph. He just kept coming straight instead of turning. It got real scary, real fast.

I'd done all I could, turning towards the shoulder, accelerating as best the Jeep could (kinda sluggish in overdrive 6th gear, slightly uphill, and towing a 1500 pound camping trailer). It was all up to the truck driver at that point.

Thankfully he pulled it back towards his lane. We passed each other in my lane. I was on the shoulder, headed towards the ditch and dirt. Managed to avoid that and kept on going.

It's interesting looking back on it - I was so worried about protecting my wife. Not so much myself. Same as when I was on SWAT or in the Marines. Just wanted to protect the other guys.

We lucked out - the truck driver got his rig back under control and steered away from us. It was over in a couple of seconds. Takes much longer to type it than the actual incident.

Wow... I almost lost it all today. Pretty glad that guy turned his steering wheel when he did, and not too much. He could have flipped the tractor/trailer onto us with too much correction. Frankly, I'd like to have a beer with him! Damn. That was close.

Guy
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Posted: April 23 2018 at 7:03pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

So it was a right turn for him and a left
turn for you and he was swinging wide into
your lane, rather then the usual left turn
for the oncoming pulling tight into your
lane which is a right turn for you?

That's the more unusual case in my
experience and more likely to be a case of
a sleepyhead driver rather then an
agressive driver, and is much easier for
me to be forgiving about. The aggressors
that pull tight into what is a left turn
for them and a right turn for me. Those
are the ones I don't have much forgiveness
for, okay let's be honest none for.

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Posted: April 23 2018 at 7:09pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Rumble strips under the center line would
probably gone a long way to have kept your
incident from ever happening because it
probably was just a tired driver if he was
swinging wide on the turn.

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Posted: April 23 2018 at 8:28pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Yup - I was making a gentle left, slightly uphill turn. He was making a bit tighter, downhill right turn. Except he didn't turn at first, just crossed over into our lane, coming right at us!

I think he was just inattentive.

Pretty sure the center rumble strip got his attention and caused him to swerve back to his own lane.

Thankfully. 'Cause there was nothing else I could do. I was headed for the shoulder and trying to accelerate to get out of his path, but... It wasn't going to be enough if he hadn't corrected.

All I could really hope to do was to keep it from being a head-on collision. He swerved and it all worked out. He was still in our lane when we passed each other. He managed to miss the guy behind us too.

And if he'd over-corrected, he could have dumped the truck on top of us!

Near thing. Pretty doggone grateful.
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Posted: April 23 2018 at 8:30pm | IP Logged Quote M700

I'm going to write to Oregon DOT in the morning and let 'em know that I deeply appreciate the center rumble strip they put in there!

Guy
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It only takes a second or so to to test one's faith &
Luck and the Lord were with you and Kath that day!   



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