dspace9 - This is somewhat of a sensitive issue with me. As I'm the one who (on an occasion) drives a big ole pickup truck. FWIW, you may appreciate this, when I'm driving around in my big ole pickup truck, I try to drive it as nice, civil, respectful, non intimidating as I can. I always have. As I know just how much potential energy that thing is loaded with at speed.
Originally Posted by dspace9
I did have an accident with my 7,130 pound truck about 3 years ago. A goofball driver in an Altima got cut-off in traffic (not the goofball's fault) by a local "Marshall" truck. The goofball exaggerated the fact he was cutoff by coming to a (totally unnecessary) full stop while indicating to the Marshall he was #1, but using the wrong finger. Me? I'm about 50 yards behind the goofball, and the words MARSHALL caught my eye as I noticed it cut off the goofball. And I was thinking, "what an example that ass just set." Yes, I screwed up. I took my eyes off the goofball, during his exaggeration to come to a full stop. When I got my eyes back where they should have been, it was like the Titanic and the iceberg. There just wasn't enough time and space to change the direction quick enough. If you're imagining the character Shrek stomping his brake pedal through the floor, and giving full left rudder at the same time, you'd be very accurate. A 7,130 pound pickup truck doesn't react like a sports car, and now there is one less Altima on the road. The truck drove home ($1,900 in repairs). I sat and talked to the goofball a while. He was an OK young man. He admitted he shouldn't have done it, but what's done is done. And I told him I had fixated on the MARSHALL that cut him off, not expecting him to stop. Glad he was OK. Thinking back on it ... neither of my front impact airbags deployed. Also can still "feel" the impact. I can tell you it was gentle compared to the hundreds (maybe thousands) of impacts I took playing football (years worth, including my first year of college).
Sorry for the long story. But I don't WANT to hurt anyone with my big truck. So I kind of tippy-toe around with it and try not to bully anyone with it.
View my fuel log 2020 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 42.0 mpg (US) ... 17.9 km/L ... 5.6 L/100 km ... 50.5 mpg (Imp)