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By the way, AutoX DOES help to save your life! (archive)

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Posted by Michael A. Zamarocy on February 28, 2001 at 21:37:47:

Was driving on the 10 West going to our Covina office, in the far right lane comming up to Grand Ave. A white late model large Ford Pickup is going downwards on the on ramp slightly to the right front of me, getting ready to merge in swift flowing traffic. Suddenly I hear a loud sound and see smoke comming from his rear wheels (you know how light an unloaded truckbed can be) - not 100% sure if he was under hard braking or was flooring it, but what happend next makes me thing he floored in IN THE WET like an idiot. Well, the rear goes crazy on him, swings all over, and then he looses it big time. Veers off to the right, straight into a tall lightpole!!! WHACK!!! Hit it so hard, the back of the truck lifted into the air 3 times!!! Guess what's next??? In sloooooooow motion (so it seems to me), the lens of the lightpole pops out and smashes on the ground nearly in front of me so I start to slow down. Then the lightpole is sheared off at the base by the truck - and guess where it is headed? YOU BET - AT ME!!!! Without thinking, but having unconciously already looked in the left mirror to see if it was clear, I gently kept slowing down and eased a bit into the left lane to avoid the pole (again, this is in the WET while it was raining - had the DSC on of course), but the pole kept coming and coming right at me as it was not just falling over, but was sort of thrown over after being sheared away. Well, just when I was about clear of the pole, the damn POD with the light in it popped off, and again guess where it was flying towards? Right in my path! Now another quick manuever back to the right. DAMN! In less that 30 seconds to a minute I went through all of this and emerged unscathed! And not once did I loose control of the car. But what was amazing was this - I was in a zombie state of mind and all this happened without thinking by quick reflexes burned into me from years of AutoX and ice driving back in Chicago. Not once did I stop to think what I was doing or how to do it UNTIL I was past it. If this was Joe Average in his daily driver, he'd have been toast. Of course, the excellent handling and quick response of the Z3 Coupe showed its stuff too, cause no matter what I did, if I was in an SUK (ooops, SUV, err, Land Yacht), I still would have been toast.


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