Thursday, January 8, 2009

My truck got hit by a car on the way to work yesterday. I was heading southbound on Waverly and a car was swerving wildly, it looked like he was over-correcting from having turned on to the street and accelerated too fast with icy conditions. Left and right, left and right, I thought for sure he would have straightened out, but now he's getting close to me and heading a lot faster then I initially thought. I was going about 60, and didn't want to slam on the brakes, so I pulled on to the shoulder and gently pushed the brakes to stop. It looked like he was going to go right passed me when, Bam, right in to the side of my truck.

Like a magnet. It was eerie, so surreal. But the highway was pretty busy, and it was bound to happen to someone.

Anyways, my truck went in to the ditch where it stopped fast and soft as snow naturally tends to do. (Afterwards, I kept saying... "If only I went straight in to the ditch, I'd be out with a tow and off to work.") Unless, it rolled or hit something in the ditch, that is.

Anyways, after getting hit, one guy asked, "Are you alright?", as he rolled by. I said yeah, but I had felt a sharp pain in my side as I crawled out, but I've always been like that, trying to tough it out.

Afterwards, I realized I should have gotten a witness. Now that I think of it, I'm really surprised no one stopped.

I don't think I'll need a witness though, Azeem, (the guy that hit me), seemed like a really nice guy, just seemed new to driving on icy roads.

After hitting me, his car came to a dead stop in the opposite shoulder, facing south, and traffic kept flowing. I waited forever just to cross so I could get the guys information. I really didn't want to jump in front of anyone, making them hit the brakes and skid just like Azeem.

I'm a little surprised at Winnipeg, I usually like to think as a general public, we're courteous. Or maybe we just don't pay enough to everything around us.

It's probably a little from column A, a little from column B.


The truck was getting pretty old so I'm thinking it might be written off.

I guess the important thing is that I'm not dead, it could have been over just like that.

I told the cop about my idea, about having driver training simulators for this exact purpose. How to react in emergency situations. If I had run a simulator like this, I would have known to go for the ditch to avoid an out of control car.

But more importantly, the driver that hit me only had his "A" license (which is a step above learners permit, I'm told), if he had run a simulator to help him know exactly how vehicles drive on snow and ice, he would known to not be going to fast, or to over-correct so much.

I think now might be a good time to bring that idea up with autopac and the drivers licensing service. It's time our government caught up with the rest of the world.

The funny thing is that there are already simulators for big rigs and things like that. It really wouldn't be that hard to bring this to the general public.

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