black ice got the best of white lightning.. Jan 7, 2012 22:01:51 GMT -6
Post by joyce1 on Jan 7, 2012 22:01:51 GMT -6
uh.. well everyone... white lightning and I hit a patch of black ice on the way to my first day back at university. needless to say, she got killed. I however barely felt a thing as I went into the ditch and was not the least bit harmed, nor were any other cars involved, or anyone else's property damaged (very luckily). Going 60 km/h on a back road at 6:30 am, I touched the gas, and I just heard squealing and knew she had lost traction completely. It was either a head on collision with an oncoming F 350 on the left, or the 6 foot deep ditch on the right, I'm lucky I rationalized my decisions quickly. The worst part was, the roads up to that point had been WATER, and I had thought 20 below the speed limit was a safe speed but it changed to black ice without warning. As I sat by the car, 15 minutes later waiting for CAA to come, the freaking salt truck drives by.. irony at its finest. The shop estimated $9000-$12000 to fix, I grudgingly declined as thats about ten times the amount I paid for the car originally, and I don't have collision insurance. It's a write off. I am deeply saddened to lose her so soon - I took out everything I possibly could, even radio knobs, anything nostalgic or useful. I called the Kidney foundation, they have a program that picks up used cars for free and uses them toward their charity fund. So it's not all bad! Anyway, if there is any moral to this story, this is a testimony to how safe these cars really are; unfortunately they are not invincible. I'll be in the market for another Aurora in the spring - until then, I've got the Olds emblem and radio knobs to hold on to from good old white lightning. And I'll be ever more watchful on these damn Edmonton back roads.