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85D Handled Very Well in a Close Call

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by Trailblazer, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. Trailblazer

    Trailblazer Member

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    I was near Charleston, SC this past weekend and traveling over an undivided 4-lane bridge. I was following a Cadillac in the left lane northbound - we were both going around 50 mph. I was following at a "normal" distance (several car lengths) - not using TACC or AP at the time. A southbound SUV (also going around 50 mph) crossed the center line and slammed into the Cadillac. I hit the brake hard and steered toward the right to try to avoid the out-of-control Cadillac and a shower of debris that resulted from the impact. I don't consider myself an expert driver, but my 85D handled really well, and I was able to avoid the Cadillac, as well as the large curb on the right side of the road, and the debris. I came to a stop in the right lane (the Cadillac came to rest ahead of me in the left lane) without a scratch on the car. The Cadillac and the SUV were totaled, but the occupants were able to walk away from the crash thanks to airbags. I felt like I needed to give some props to the 85D for the way it handled in this situation.
     
  2. MikeBur

    MikeBur ManualPilot

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    Great to hear everyone walked away and that your car handled impeccably. The more I discover about my car, the more impressed I am with the engineering and the predictability of the handling despite its mass.
     
  3. Panoz

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    Want some entertainment? Try to get information on the police and insurance activities related to the accident you witnessed. I predict the SUV will claim the Cadillac crossed the line on their side and was driving drunk. Let the indoor activities begin...
     
  4. TampaRich

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    Nice job handling your S. Dashcam video would have been amazing.
     
  5. Trailblazer

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    Yes, I really wish I would have had a dashcam installed - maybe this will be the motivation for me to tackle that project.

    I actually hung around until the police showed up and I gave them a statement as to how the accident occurred. So there should be no doubt as to who crossed the center line, hopefully.
     

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