- Posted December 9, 2013 by
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Winter weather 2014
With wintry mix on Sunday Night, 12/08/13, Road were icy. I experienced very slippery road on I-95 on Connecticut and almost got involved on multi-car accident. I was coming from my work at Stamford, CT. I noticed that car was giving warnings that traction control is on. This was unusual for me so I knew road is slippery but I did not realized how slippery it was. So I was cruising just below speed limit and made sure I have enough distance with car in front of me. I thought I gave enough distance but when one of 2 cars in front of me lost control, I knew it was more slippery than I thought. I immediately slowed down by letting of the throttle, and then applied brake gently. Even with gentlest brake, ABS started to kick in and I see that second car is also losing control. First car already hit the center divider and all over 3 lanes highway and second car is also losing control. Now I’m in panic mode because my car also is not slowing down fast enough. I glanced at rear view mirror to make sure there wasn’t any car behind me and focusing on the situation in front of me. Those cars are getting near and my car is not stopping even with ABS. As the first car bounces off the center divider for second time, my only grace was that I can still steer my car all the way to right. Then, I had to decide whether to stop completely or accelerate to avoid the accident. I gave little oomp on the gas and with that little oomp, I was able to avoid being statistic as third car.
I was lucky. I thought I had enough distance but it was barely enough to avoid accident. 4 wheel drive, all-weather tires, good tire pressure, ABS, & traction control all helped me but if I knew how slippery the road was, I would have booked a room in hotel next to my work. Be safe and please make a good judgment on condition of road and your car in bad weather.
edit - This occured around 11:10 PM Sunday, 12/08/13, just past the sign 'Exit 4, indian field, Cos Cob, 1 Mile'