Imagine this: you’re minding your own business on the road when you’re passed by a semi-trailer. Nothing unusual here, except suddenly a piece of metal smashes through your windscreen – and lands on your passenger. What would you do? Tony Allsop meets a couple who consider themselves quite lucky.
BLOG: INCOMING MISSILES ON THE ROAD
On a recent trip to Charters Towers we spoke to a couple whose new Ford Territory windscreen was covered with duct tape. It seems a semi-trailer had thrown up what appeared to be a broken part of a leaf spring while passing them near Julia Creek and Richmond. Unfortunately there was no opportunity to avoid the missile, so after hitting the bonnet it flew straight through the windscreen, landing on the seat belt across the passenger’s chest.
Fortunately, most of the force had been absorbed by the impact with the windscreen and the passenger was not badly hurt. I hate to think of the consequences if it had hit her higher, in the face, or had hit the driver.
The driver was able to pull up his car and van on the roadside and cover the rectangular hole in the windscreen with duct tape. However, he could not get the number of the truck. Interestingly, when he pulled the duct tape off to show me, the hole in the windscreen was almost exactly the same size as the piece of leaf spring: he still had the piece as evidence and showed it for the photo you see here.
Obviously the impact velocity was very great. They managed to get the windscreen replaced in the Towers, but what an interesting and frightening story to tell the insurance company.
During our travels we regularly collect stone chips in our windscreen. Indeed, while travelling from Windorah to Quilpie, we had rocks crack our screen on three occasions. These were the result of 4WDs towing camper trailers that didn't slow down to pass. I’d pulled off when I saw them coming, but there are some real cowboys out there these days, obviously in a hurry to get to Birdsville. I could not get the screen replaced in Windorah or Quilpie, but found one in Roma.
YOUR SAY: Have you had any close shaves or frightening experiences like this during your travels?