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Topic # 57892 28-Feb-2010 03:07
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Was on my way north, and saw some **** running across the Constalation drive offramp. Looked back and right infront of me were 2 roadcones, with no time to take action to avoid them.

End result: my front bumper lip was ripped off, damage done to my passangers side guard and some damage to my bonnet too.

I am filled with words that would get me banned if I posted them on here....

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  Reply # 302866 28-Feb-2010 04:48
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Questions. Why did you look back for ? So the cones were on the actual off ramp ?
How big were the cones to do that much damage ?
And final question What do you need to do in future to stop in time ?





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  Reply # 303150 28-Feb-2010 23:32
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It's not like the cones just materialised there in front of you, right?

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  Reply # 303153 28-Feb-2010 23:40
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When we had a house in Auckland, we used to have this happening on our street every so often. Some idiots would steal some road cones and put them in the middle of our street just for a laugh. Then watch from the front windows of their house to see everybody stopping and reversing backwards before turning around and going back the way they had come.

Because it was on a straight piece of road, and in a 50km/h area, most people saw them in time. But on a motorway offramp this sort of prank is no joke, given the speeds people would typically be going at.

When I saw the road cones near our house, I moved them off to the side of the road. There's not much you can do now except notify the cops and make an insurance claim.





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  Reply # 303586 2-Mar-2010 10:17
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The OP is rather quiet.




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  Reply # 303594 2-Mar-2010 11:06
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Urghh, people and their self righteousness. As for the 'what have you learned from this experience' type comments - that kind of condescending crap really isn't helpful. The poor guy's done damage to his car through no real fault of his own. Sure had he been watching the road and not distracted by people running across an off-ramp he may have seen the cones in time to pull up. But even then, it's not something you expect to see in the middle of the road!

This almost happened to me once here in Wellington. Some punks decided it would be a great laugh to line up cones across the road just on the other side of a rise in the road late at night. Luckily I was able to pull up in time but the ABS sure got a working over!

The knob-ends were camped up in bushes to the side of the road and they got an absolute earful. Rang the cops who were "too busy at the moment" but assured me they would follow up. Never did hear from the cops about it again!


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  Reply # 303656 2-Mar-2010 13:26
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bcourtney: Urghh, people and their self righteousness. As for the 'what have you learned from this experience' type comments - that kind of condescending crap really isn't helpful. The poor guy's done damage to his car through no real fault of his own. Sure had he been watching the road and not distracted by people running across an off-ramp he may have seen the cones in time to pull up. But even then, it's not something you expect to see in the middle of the road!

This almost happened to me once here in Wellington. Some punks decided it would be a great laugh to line up cones across the road just on the other side of a rise in the road late at night. Luckily I was able to pull up in time but the ABS sure got a working over!

The knob-ends were camped up in bushes to the side of the road and they got an absolute earful. Rang the cops who were "too busy at the moment" but assured me they would follow up. Never did hear from the cops about it again!



What have I learnt from your post.....To stop and think before I post....Anyway sorry if it made you go
Urghh!








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  Reply # 303663 2-Mar-2010 13:33
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Adamal: Was on my way north, and saw some **** running across the Constalation drive offramp. Looked back and right infront of me were 2 roadcones, with no time to take action to avoid them.

End result: my front bumper lip was ripped off, damage done to my passangers side guard and some damage to my bonnet too.

I am filled with words that would get me banned if I posted them on here....


Probably kids. They don't really understand the dangers of doing stuff like this. While hitting a road cone will only result in minor damage like you got, some drivers may swerve to avoid them and hit a wall, another car or a person. There are incidents of kids throwing rocks and whatnot off bridges at cars, not really understanding that they have the potential to kill a driver they hit and other drivers around them. 

Luckily no one was hurt and hopefully you have full insurance and can get the car fixed up.

I generally think that incidents like this serve to remind us that we need to be really careful when driving and have to expect an idiot to do something stupid around every corner and at every intersection.

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  Reply # 303667 2-Mar-2010 13:41
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Adamal: Was on my way north, and saw some **** running across the Constalation drive offramp. Looked back and right infront of me were 2 roadcones, with no time to take action to avoid them.

End result: my front bumper lip was ripped off, damage done to my passangers side guard and some damage to my bonnet too.

I am filled with words that would get me banned if I posted them on here....



Sounds like the V-Pocket Rocket people at it again, I'd take damages against Frucor!




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