LOOK OUT FOR THAT…EXHAUST PIPE?

Hello everyone,

 

Good afternoon! We’re here again for another Monday. Yay! Do you feel my heavy sarcasm? Good. Ok, so this weekend I had the unfortunate experience of driving my friend to the airport. It was all well and good before suddenly we hit an exhaust pipe that was stranded in the middle of the road! Which was super scary. We were driving and the car I was behind was pretty high off the ground. I drive a pretty low to the ground car. So we were chatting as most people do in the car, with him probably staring out the window or checking his phone, and me with my eyes glued to the road. And suddenly I see something appear out from below the car in front of me, and before I can even check my side mirrors to see if it’s safe to swerve out of the way, we are on top of it.

There was a loud bang and the whole car seemed to lift up for a moment before coming back down hard. It was so powerful that the dirt on my floor mat sprung into the air and landed on my hands. Three lights came on, and I quickly pulled over to the side of the freeway. I threw the emergency lights on, turned my car off and hopped out of my car. I looked back, and saw this brown liquid that looked somewhat like a spilled Starbucks coffee streaked across the freeway. I walked back to see how far it went, and it matched our track all the way back to the car. I kept walking to find out what I had hit (at the time, I had not idea what it was because I only saw it for a half a second).

It was about 200 paces back that I saw the exhaust pipe. It was a huge, black mass of metal—it must have come off a semi truck. It was still in the middle of the freeway. There was nothing I could do about it, we were on the 105, and cars were constantly passing by. When I walked back to my car, I saw the pool of oil that had built up. Quite a bit of the oil had drained out and was now on the side of the road. I examined the front of my car, and while it didn’t appear too torn up on the front, the bottom looked horrible. I eventually got it towed, and my friend called an Uber to get to his flight. But that was my experience this weekend.

I was pretty distraught this weekend until my family pointed out to me that it could have gone worse. Depending on the angle, the pipe very easily could have bounced up and gone through the windshield, which could have potentially impaled me. Still, it’s a total pain to deal with. Know what I mean? Anyways, I thought I should share that with you all. Have you had any scary car experiences? Let me know!