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Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: West Lafayette, IN
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I've had a couple good scares, but none of my stories compare with what happened to my uncle:
He had a '95 Jeep Cherokee at the time, V6 model 4x4. He does a ton of driving for business--about 60-80k miles a year, so he's no dummy when it comes to highway driving. He was driving along in Michigan when it suddenly started to rain. It wasn't raining really hard, but enough to build up a slick on the road surface with all of the oil and other crap that's on there. Well, he was doing about 75 and suddenly, he said "it felt like the car was floating." The Jeep started turning sideways...there was nothing he could do. He had no control...he was in a perfect four-wheel hydroplane. Within seconds, he was facing the opposite direction--going backwards at 75 miles per hour. "This is it," he told us he was thinking, "I'm going to die. The tires are going to catch dry pavement and I'm going to flip." But then the Jeep started turning again, and when he was mostly facing forward the tires caught and he slid into the mud in the median. He said he didn't move for about 10 minutes, just sat there, kindof in shock. He really thought he was going to die...imagine what you would think if your car did a 180 while going that fast!
And a note to everyone -- because of stories like Silvr's, that is why you ALWAYS stay alert, even when you are stopped at a light or something. You never know.
Anyone who ever buys used cars online, anyone even THINKING of starting a "Is this deal too good to be true?" thread, anyone who wants to be more educated about protecting themselves must <a href='http://www.carbuyingtips.com/fraud.htm' target='_blank'>read this</a>.
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