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Old 09-05-2006, 02:01 AM   #1
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Angry To the driver of the minivan that ran the red

and almost killed me tonight in New West, please do everyone, including yourself and your passengers a favour, and hand in your license.

This is the first time I have had a "near death" experience, and for me it truly happened in slow motion.

Coming off the Brunette Highway on to North in New West, I had a green light. It is basically an intersection with three ways, not four. My left turn was not 90 degrees, more like 60. As I was nearing the intersection I saw the minivan not slowing down at all. If I had braked, I would have gotten creamed on the front driver side corner of my GM6. I don't really know how or why I had the thought to speed up, but I gunned it, and that probably saved my life. I saw the van in my peripheral vision to the left, and braced for impact, but somehow it never came.
There must have been over a dozen witnesses. I looked at some cars and people were shaking their head. I slowed down afterword to take in what had just happened, and I noticed the van did too, but then kept going.
I wasn't really sure what to do after that, should I have followed and got the license plate? I just gathered myself and finished the drive home to Richmond. My knuckles were white holding the steering wheel.

This near miss puts a lot into perspective. Please be aware of your surroundings while driving, and more importantly, be aware of the cars around you. Stay safe VIC'ers.

Chris
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Old 09-05-2006, 02:06 AM   #2
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glad you're alright! lotta crazy drivers out there or people that don't pay attention.
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Old 09-05-2006, 02:10 AM   #3
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There're lots of people driving like idiots on the streets. A guy from Alberta ran a Yield Sign in front of me today and almost hit me on the passenger side. I honked at him and he fingered me.

I just don't get it.
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Old 09-05-2006, 02:11 AM   #4
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glad you came out unscathed, I had a incident with a minivan last year in pouring rain where the van was making a left turn in the opposing lane and I was driving straight and he blindly made his turn and would've rammed me had I not slammed the brakes (car started sliding a bit side to side) and he hit the gas...

tonnes of craziness out there on the roads, you have to be vigilant... scary seeing some other (generally seniors) driving around just keeping their eyes glued straight ahead, completely unaware of anything around them or the person trying to pass them (you know what I'm talking about )
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Old 09-05-2006, 12:42 PM   #5
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If you're travelling normal speed, once you're about 1-2 car lengths before the intersection, it's better to gun it than to brake because you're not going to stop before the intersection. My instincts always tell me that braking to halt is almost impossible unless you see the danger from far away - I just look for room to accelerate and that saved me once recently, with the car running the red on my passenger side.
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Old 09-05-2006, 01:35 PM   #6
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Just because I'm older than you doesn't mean you have to call me a senior.
shutup grandpa
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Old 09-05-2006, 02:17 PM   #7
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shutup grandpa
what's that sonny?
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Old 09-05-2006, 06:22 PM   #8
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Just because I'm older than you doesn't mean you have to call me a senior.
That means you got wisdom!
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Old 09-05-2006, 07:41 PM   #9
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And slow reflexes
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Old 09-05-2006, 07:53 PM   #10
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Glad to hear that you are ok! There are too many morons on the street, we should let them come out only in a limited time range
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