Absolutely terrified.

I’ve spent the last few days trying to wrap my head around the other night. Craig mentioned that we blew a steer tire driving 65 miles on the freeway. I was in the back and had no idea what was happening except that something was really, really wrong. The truck was super bumpy and angled downwards. I thought we were going down an embankment and was waiting for the crash. What he didn’t know was that I have been absolutely terrified since. I didn’t want to talk about it and last night I  let it all out. It totally freaked me out. I thought we were going to crash and it was the scariest thing I’ve ever had happen in the truck. The problem was that every little bump after that, my heart would be in my throat. I wasn’t use to being scared in the truck and I didn’t know how to make it stop. It is not a common which is a good thing. I am hoping now I can get over it. Our guardian angel was definitely with us. All the things that could have gone wrong and didn’t are amazing. I do love driving and after being home for a few days I think it will all be back to normal. I’ve talked to a couple people today about this and they say it is a normal reaction. What has been interesting was how something like this affects you. Good news is at least if it ever does happen again. I’ll be expecting it. I think one of the things that I didn’t know was if I wanted to get back in the truck. I guess it’s like that saying if you get thrown from a horse the best thing is to get back on it. I am planning on getting back on my horse!!!

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4 Responses to Absolutely terrified.

  1. haroldtrent says:

    The next time, if it ever happens again, you blow a steer tire–immediately stomp down on the throttle—the sudden burst of acceleration will actually pick the front end of the truck back up–then slowly bring the truck to a stop. It will be less bumpy and a whole lot less terrifying and you will be able to get your steering under control a lot better. The most common reaction drivers have when they blow a steer tire is to either stomp on the brakes, or quickly bring the vehicle to a stop. The key here is slowly stop. Easier said than done but it can be done if you do not allow yourself to panic. This is why I always encourage drivers to NOT drive at the governed speed of the truck, even if you are set at 65. Always try to drive a couple of mph slower so you are able to accelerate if this ever occurs again. One of the down sides to driving right at governed speed– you dont have any room to accelerate if you need it such as in a blown steer tire. Happy trails :). Harold

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