Hume Highway drivers!! (shaking my head!)
2 trips on the hume...
On the Friday 29/11, i drove up to Sydney, cruising at 125 130 all the way really. Just taking it easy........
As always theres not too many cars on it, and just as many trucks. At one time about 300km from Sydney, i passed a huge curtain sider b-double semi doing bout 100 or so, I doing 130km or a bit more, and just after passing him going down hill rolling at about 150. I looked in my mirror after doing 150 or so for a couple of km, and the truck wasnt too far behind, i thought he'd be a bit further back seeing i was soing 150 odd, then i slowd back to 130 on the flat, the truck dropped back, then the road went down further, i kett on 130, and to my suprise had the big b-double roaring up towards me!! he screamed past, i couldnt help myself but to see how fast he was going and he was doin, by my speedo 160 km/h!!!!!!
Im like "what the!?"then on the flat he went back down to 100 or so and i passed him again.
Just a bit further up a VX sedan with a couple of businessmen passed me at 160 (i checked,lol), they stopped further up for a break then passed me again later at 160,lol. 160 is a nice speed for a well maintained car on this great road i think. I just cant get myself any more 3 pointer fines,lol :-) but its way too fast for a b-double!!
So further toward Sydney, round Liverpool, it was raining real real hard, the traffic was thick thick thick!! You just couldnt see where you were going at all, but still everyones doing 130, especially courier vans !! (I HATE vans!!) im trying to keep a good distance for braking, and do luckily!! as as i thought, we all cant keep driving this close together without a stack. Then everyone his the brakes!! cars swerved out of their lanes, up ahead a VX stationwagon had spun off thru some median strip bushes crumpleing every panel i could see, another car was in a ditch another was covered in grass from some paddock excursion! I knew it was going to happen!!
I got to Sydney safely :-)!!
Yesterday morning i went to Mt Buffalo waterskiing, up the Hume again, sitting on 125 130, as thats a nice speed, and hopefully the cops wont get me for doing such a reasonably slow speed. No cars at all. A sunday morning.
We were discussing in the car about speed etc and how its not dangerouns as long as its done safely.
Quite close to Glenrowan a new dark Green Mitsubishi Dual Cab Triton 4x4 ute had swerved across the deserted freeway, tipped over and slid roof 1st into a big tree crushing the cabin totally. The dead driver was pulled out by the emergency crew in attendance. I dont know who else was in there or what, but i cant stand to see this type of crash where there is just no excuse!!!! Obviously fell asleep at the wheel, while driving a usless dangerous top heavy "hilux" like car! it tipped over as easy as a sleeping cow!
Im safe driving at 160 in the right conditions, i can totally be truthful in saying that, as long as im "AWAKE" and alert to the conditions, same as im safe driving driving at 80 on the same road. But driving while asleep, well! What do you expect!!
Please take breaks!!
I do lots of drving, im off to Adelaide this Thursday, and i speed all the time in a safe manner, and at times where my risk of being caught is at the lowest. But when i feel at all sleepy, i pull over straight away and nap.
lets get sideways!!!