My RAM 1500 was Nearly Totaled Today.
Deciding to go for a coffee during my lunch break almost became very costly.
Today I decided to work from home due to the freezing rain I got last night. At around 1:00 PM today, when I finished salting and clearing the driveway and walk the path at my house, I decided to drive over to the local Tim Horton's for a coffee and possibly pick up lunch on the way home. The drive there was a little slippery as I live in a rural setting, and roads are not plowed or salted right away after a significant snowfall or freezing rain. Having two trucks with 4-wheel drive is handy, but just because I have traction does not mean I have braking ability. Luckily it was beginning to warm up, and the ice on the road was starting to melt.
Source: Google Images
Upon arriving at the plaza, it was busier than usual for a Wednesday afternoon. I guess with Black Friday approaching and Christmas in a few weeks, people were out shopping for deals. There's also the reality that a lot of people are working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this diagram, I would be vehicle 2 but I was proceeding to turn left, not right. The truck in this case would be vehicle 1. This was a two lane road, not four.
As I reached the final stop sign before turning, a Coke truck with a 53' trailer on the back, turning left. I was coming up the stop sign when he proceeded to turn. Knowing that these vehicles make wide turns, I stopped a considerable amount of yards back from the stop sign to allow for the wide turn. Although I did my part to give the driver enough room to make the turn successfully, instead of keeping the truck at the angle he started with, he cut it to the left to avoid hitting the sidewalk. This is where it became a near-miss experience. As a result of avoiding the sidewalk, the driver cut to the left, causing the back trailer wheels to be in line with my vehicle's front driver side. He was not paying attention to his mirrors because he wasn't stopping. Thankfully there was no one behind me, and I was able to reverse quickly to avoid the accident
Source: Google Images.
Looking back at the event a couple of hours later, a new truck would have been nice, lol. However, I believe this has taught me a valuable lesson. Have lunch at home next time!