I have to share a personal story.
Driving last night, I ran over a man-eating pot hole in the middle of the road. With cars on both sides of me there was nowhere to go but through it. The hole was so deep it instantly popped and blew out my rear drivers side tire.
Not wanting to further tear up my Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires, I pulled over as quickly as possible to the right hand side of the roadway. As I got out to find my completely flat tire, I noticed that cars and trucks of all sizes were flying by me literally no more than 6 feet away at what seemed like much faster then the 65 mph limit. It was a dark stretch of highway All I had to make myself visible was my emergency flashers.
The only thing separating them from me was the rumble strips on the side of the highway. As I heard a car tire coming directly towards me on those warnings noise makers, I realized changing my tire in the dark along this stretch of highway was not a wise decision.
I called 911, reached the State Police and stayed in my car for 20 minutes til the trooper pulled up. He took one look at the situation and told me what I already knew. It was really dangerous because of the unlit location of my BLACK Mustang.
He called a tow truck to come and help me and sat behind me with lights on to warn oncoming traffic. You can correctly assume that I made it home safely, writing this post.
I learned two things.
One, I'm buying a set of flares and a better jack and tire iron then the one that came with my car.
TWO. I'm going to become the guy on the radio who reminds you to "MOVE OVER". When you see a police officer, fire department, rescue personnel, or even highway contractors on the roads. They are doing their job and as motorists, we need to help them.
I realized sitting on the side of the road for an hour that even with police lights flashing, motorists were still flying by at what looked like well over the speed limit, within just a few feet of the police officer.
The law is move over if you can. If you must stay in the slow lane because of traffic in the other lanes, at least really SLOW DOWN. The life you help save could be someone you know or ME!
Thanks, Michael J