Driving home at Night + Object in the Middle of the Road... What to do?
June 13, 2017 1:54am CST
The object looked to be like some sort of a wooden stool flipped upside down. I so called have 'perfect' vision but at night, I don't think my eyes focus very well. What to do? Decisions decisions.... - Proceed and hit the stool - Steer out of my lane, cross the center divide and avoid hitting the stool - Stop my car and move the object, stool Sorry, but I crossed the center divide when on-going traffic was clear and steered out of the way to continue home. Given that it was 10:30 PM at night, I am not getting out of my car. Neither did any cars behind me. Even during the day, I don't think I would either. It wouldn't be safe. However, if it was something like a cart in the way when I am parked at the grocery store then I would bring the cart back. But not while driving would I get out of the car. Curious what you all would do?
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• Hartford, Connecticut
@infatuatedbby this is true. there is not a lot that would get me out of my car... You never know in some places people might set someone up by putting something there in hopes someone would get out to move it and then they can jump in and steal your car or purse or something..
• Gainesville, Florida
I come across objects like that all the time in the road. Whether or not I decided to stop and remove the object depends on if I am at work or not. During the day, when I am working, I am obligated as a city employee to stop and remove the danger from the road. All city employees are taught to keep our roadways free and clear of danger. But if I was on my personal time, I would probably do what you did...just swerve around it and keep going! haha
• Gainesville, Florida
@infatuatedbby I never have any fear of being alone or being around anyone, even if they are suspicious looking. Everybody tells me that they think I am a police officer (or look like one). I always joke and say that I am not a police officer, but I play one in real life! haha
It's a bit tricky. Stopping right in the middle of the road itself is not safe as you can get rear ended. Serving suddenly at a higher speed is also not very safe. If it's a heavy stool hitting it is not safe. I guess you have to use your presence of mid to do the safest thing. Brake as much as possible and then try to steer around it making sure there is no oncoming traffic.