Driving home at Night + Object in the Middle of the Road... What to do?

United States
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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@nomus24g (17391)
• India
13 Jun
Wonder, what's happening at your place...sometime back legos flying n now this
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• United States
13 Jun
It was infront of apartment complexes maybe someone moved in and dropped some stuff along the way, or moved out!
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@nomus24g (17391)
• India
13 Jun
@infatuatedbby hmmm...possible...
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• United States
13 Jun
@nomus24g I think so!
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@minx267 (11160)
• Hartford, Connecticut
13 Jun
That's a tough one.. I don't know I guess it depends on how busy it is and what is in the road.. but I would say more than likely - I would swerve out the lane to avoid it and keep going.
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• United States
13 Jun
That is what I did. It wasn't a well lit street to begin with but I certainly don't want to be getting out of my car given that I'm alone too.
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@minx267 (11160)
• Hartford, Connecticut
13 Jun
@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..
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• United States
13 Jun
@minx267 yes that's exactly what I thought too. I'm not willing to risk that!
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@sishy7 (27748)
• Australia
13 Jun
Oh yes, I'd just try to get around it carefully...
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• United States
13 Jun
I made it! And made it home safely too :)
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• India
13 Jun
very nice
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@LadyDuck (126691)
• Switzerland
13 Jun
The only thing to do is to try to get around and then call the police and let them know that the road needs to be cleared.
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• India
13 Jun
good you looklike a intelligent girl
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@LadyDuck (126691)
• Switzerland
14 Jun
@sourabhrock2008 This is something I always do, it's to avoid that others can have an accident.
• United States
15 Jun
@LadyDuck I don't want to be tracked by the police though, but maybe next time I will look for the local number instead of the emergency hotline. :)
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@teamfreak16 (37040)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
13 Jun
You were wise to do so. You never know, someone could have put it there on purpose.
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• United States
16 Jun
Yes! Even the news says people put money on peoples windshields and then rob them afterwards when they get out of their cars
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@teamfreak16 (37040)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 Jun
@infatuatedbby - I saw that.
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• United States
17 Jun
@teamfreak16 Yeah ! It happens
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@snowy22315 (36266)
• United States
13 Jun
I think just avoid the object and hope everyone else will too!
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• United States
16 Jun
Yes, looked like everyone was doing it too!
@Kandae11 (29237)
13 Jun
I would not get out of the car either. Robbers are known to put an object on the road - then pounce when the unsuspecting driver gets out to remove it.
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• United States
16 Jun
Yes, and they also put money on wind wipers too. Not safe at all especially in the middle of the night!
@sharon6345 (105364)
• United States
13 Jun
Go around it as well.
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• United States
16 Jun
Yes that was the best solution.
@Nawsheen (22844)
• Mauritius
13 Jun
I would have done the same thing as you. It will be dangerous to go out.
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• United States
16 Jun
Totally ! Who knows who is around the corner.
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@moffittjc (36711)
• Gainesville, Florida
14 Jun
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
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• United States
16 Jun
Hey honesty is good! You admit it, if you're on the clock that is very nice! Hehe. But I just swerved around and kept going. No way am I going to pull over, get out of my car and go back in my car at that time and alone!!
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@moffittjc (36711)
• Gainesville, Florida
17 Jun
@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
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• United States
17 Jun
@moffittjc Hahah now to think of it you could pull off the police officer look! Well I'm a big chicken!
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@Shavkat (49627)
• Philippines
13 Jun
I will try to remove if the road is not busy. Then, I will remove it.
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• India
13 Jun
nice. you are little brave girl
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• United States
13 Jun
@shavkat that is wonderful
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• United States
13 Jun
@sourabhrock2008 that's not a girl ^
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@zarlamain (24171)
• United States
13 Jun
If I drove, I wouldn't get out of the car at all because it's dangerous at night. Same thing applies for taxis.
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• United States
13 Jun
Yeah, I wouldn't get out of my car either. And I wouldn't want my driver to do so either.
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@zarlamain (24171)
• United States
13 Jun
@infatuatedbby Yes, who knows? It could be a trap. Someone could be waiting for you to move the stool aside so they can jump you, and or steal your car. There's a lot of crazy people out there.
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• United States
13 Jun
@zarlamain Yes exactly. I'd only go when it's clear to cross the center divide. Also, the same applies to money on your windshield. Don't get out of the car and get it, it's a trap.
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@pitstop (5181)
• India
14 Jun
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.
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• United States
14 Jun
I didn't serve suddenly I just stopped and waited until it was clear. Not many people on the road at that time
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@pitstop (5181)
• India
14 Jun
@infatuatedbby that's great. Must have been a nervous moment though!
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• United States
14 Jun
@pitstop it was alright =)
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@Sreekala (18788)
• India
13 Jun
It is nice you haven't stopped or getting out of car at that odd time. If I am in that place I too ignore the same and focus on my way as it is already late night.
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• United States
13 Jun
Yeah and for safety reasons and being alone - I just want to make it home safely
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@Sreekala (18788)
• India
13 Jun
@infatuatedbby That was a good decisions indeed.
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• United States
16 Jun
@Sreekala Thank you!
@shaynas (5552)
• India
13 Jun
i guess i would do the same as you. No stopping, no hitting.
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• United States
13 Jun
Me too. I just want to get home safely :)
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@shaynas (5552)
• India
13 Jun
@infatuatedbby its better to be safe :)
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• United States
18 Jun
@shaynas yes indeed
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@hillhjill (4100)
• United States
13 Jun
I would of stayed in the car as well and just went around it.. or if I had a bars protecting the front of my vehicle I would just move it out of the way.
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• United States
13 Jun
Yes, I went around it. And you're right if there was a big truck with protection bars in the front could have moved it. But I sure couldn't or it'd dent my car.
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@hillhjill (4100)
• United States
13 Jun
@infatuatedbby if we were in are van we would be able to move it.. but I'm glad that you didn't get out to move it and made it home safely.
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• United States
13 Jun
@hillhjill thank you very much
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@TRBRocks420 (64524)
• Banks, Oregon
13 Jun
I would have done the same as you most likely.
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• United States
13 Jun
It was not a well lit street either.
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@TRBRocks420 (64524)
• Banks, Oregon
13 Jun
@infatuatedbby Yes, it's not really safe at night to stop and, get out. Anytime isn't really good, but some are safer than others.
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• United States
13 Jun
@TRBRocks420 Yeah, in the morning or when there is sun would be a safer time but really it's not safe in general.
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@jaiho2009 (39034)
• Philippines
14 Jun
I will do the same thing, there is no way I will ever get out of my car. We never knew what awaits the moment we stepped out, might be a bait from bad people out there hiding in the dark.
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• United States
16 Jun
Yes that is right. I'd never get out plus I had my laptop + purse with me.
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• Philippines
13 Jun
That could have been a way to trap people and get them kidnap if you have gotten out. It's a good thing you just ignore it and moved on.
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• United States
14 Jun
yeah i agree, i just kept moving along
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@ilocosboy (34256)
• Philippines
13 Jun
Wgat you did is the best thing to do. Never go out of the car at night especially when you are alone.
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• United States
13 Jun
Thanks I thought so too
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