Driver Question Time at Pete's Blog & Grille
Last week Today’s Trucking came really close to needing a new editor.
I very seldom care about close calls but something happened on the 401 that really made me reflect on that old “all accidents are avoidable.”
Please. Anyone. What could I have done to avoid this one?
I was westbound on the 401, in the furthest right of three lanes. It was about 8:30 a.m. and raining. Drizzling, really.
Traffic was heavy but moving along fine.
Driving just under the speed limit, I switched lanes to pass a slower SUV and seconds after I made the move, a white Freightliner loomed up into my rear view mirror.
So he was in my mirror and getting closer, goodness knows why; the SUV was to my right. There was another red car to my left. His right rear fender was parallel to my left front.
The truck got closer; I signaled to move back right, checked my blind spot, but that car was still beside me.
Suddenly, I noticed the car to the left changing into my lane. He hadn’t checked his blind spot and his right rear fender was parallel to my left front tire. Signal on, he started moving over. Unless I did something, I would have hit him and a multi-vehicle crash would have ensured, no question; probably with a fatality.
I touched my brakes to let the truck driver know and, thankfully, he swerved into the far left lane where he didn’t technically belong. He also put the hammer down and flew away from the near miss, for obvious reasons.
He should not have been up my tail like that on a rainy day.
Anyway, I’m not here to complain or gripe. I seldom let other people’s driving get to me.
Life for most of us is one near miss after another.
All I’d like to know is how could I have done something differently to avoid that incident.
Sure beats me. All suggestions welcome.