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Close Call

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by deltascapes, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. deltascapes

    deltascapes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    My life flashed before my eyes as an old lady pulled out in front of me as I was hauling a tractor, box blade, and triller thank goodness we had everything secured down. any of you have any stories about the elderly or ways to secure you equipment during transit
  2. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 590

    We almost took out and elderly man on a one way street...he crossed between parked cars looking the wrong direction. Equipment was fine. Everything was locked in.
  3. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Posts: 2,419

    I'm sure hers took a leisurely stroll past her eyes as well....
  4. hickslawns

    hickslawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    I had the antilock brakes working last year with a pallet of pavers in the back of my dually. THe pallet actually moved about a foot on a dry rhino lined bed. Fortunately the pavers were plastic wrapped and not just metal banded. The old guy in the caddy didn't even look or know he just about killed 4 people on the way to bingo. I was going about 50mph and got slowed to about 25mph quick. this is why I stick to dirtbikes, too many idiots on the road to ride a road bike. If he didn't see my red quadcab 4x4 dually, then he sure wouldn't have seen a motorcycle.
  5. RonB

    RonB LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 429

    Yesterday I came to a light that turned yellow - you know, one of those you know you can easily make but I stopped just as it turned red .. good thing I did too. An elderly couple ran the red light from the other way - I would have been hit no doubt.

    I was stopped before the other traffic moved - they were just shaking their heads - me too in relief.
  6. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,306

    Plenty of times where I thought for sure someone was going to pull out from a side street and take out my trailer, not seeing it or something. Plenty of times where I had to swuerve severely to avoid a collsion.

  7. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,707

    the old people around here always pull right out in front of me when i have the trailer and van fully loaded. they somehow think that you can stop a rig rolling down the road at 40 weighing in at 7,000 lbs at the drop of a hat.
  8. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    The teenage girls who just got their permit/license are the ones to watch for along with the seniors.
  9. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,196

    rod, you perv :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    in addition to the elderly, i also ALWAYS keep an eye out for bikes too, especially since we straddle one of the main routes to myrtle beach.
  10. M and S Lawn Care

    M and S Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 612

    I agree! It seems that they love to pull out onto a 45 or 50 mph road right in front of you, and never really get over 30. There have been two time where i've locked all four and had to go on the shoulder because there's no way i'm slowing down fast enough to not rear-end them. Also, once a few weeks ago someone turned right on red, and obviously didn't see me. Once again, slam on the brakes and hit the shoulder. I passed them on the shoulder, while on the brakes as hard as I could without sliding. Crazy!

    I'm (no lie) looking for a semi truck horn on ebay to mount in the back of my truck. People scare me, I scare them back.

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