My Guardian Angel Came to the Rescue Again!

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Last Monday we had a blizzard - so we decided not to make the trip to town to replenish the grocery supplies. But in spite of the weather I thought it was a good day, because we were having fish for dinner... and when we have fish my husband cooks.

(Any day that I don't have to cook is a good day!)

But, because we hadn't gone to the store, he needed something we didn't have. I called my good neighbor Terry and asked if I could borrow. He said yes and I jumped in my husband's Ford pickup and headed to his house.

I was about a quarter mile from there when I heard a strange noise, and then a thump. My first thought was a flat tire, but when I stopped, my rear tire kept right on going past me and didn't stop until it got to a corner and ran into a snow bank!

The wheel had fallen off the truck! Ford pickup

Fortunately, I keep a small flashlight in my pocket, so I walked on to Terry's house - snarling at myself the whole time for being too dumb to put on a hat before I left the house.

At least it wasn't below zero like it had been a couple nights earlier.

He called my husband and between them they got the truck jacked up, stole 3 lug nuts from the other wheels, and we got home safely. But dinner was sure late!

I wasn't happy about this event, of course. But the whole time I kept thinking... I sure do have a guardian angel.

What if that had happened on a highway - going 60 MPH? What if it had happened on a highway when I was meeting other cars? That wheel would have crashed right into someone and could have caused a fatal wreck. And who knows what the truck would have done and who I might have crashed into?

It took 2 trips to town to get 8 new lug nuts... only 3 were to be found in the stores so they had to be ordered. It turns out that kind of Ford pickup uses fancy lug nuts (I learn new things all the time.) After we got all 8, we found the hub cap and 3 lug nuts in the ditch, so now we have extras that I hope we'll never need.

The big question is "Why did they come loose?" They were all tight and secure on the other wheels, so if it was our bumpy dirt roads, why was only one wheel affected?

I don't know, but from now on we'll check those things periodically.

Since then, I've learned that this is not such an unusual occurrence. We've talked to 3 or 4 other people who have had the same thing happen. So... maybe everybody should check their lug nuts now and then!



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Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent/Associate Broker
RVA Home Team - Richmond, VA
RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.

Glad to hear that your little accident wasn't serious and this serves as a good reminder to check on our cars from time to time! (I for one don't but will now make sure my hubby takes a look!)

Mar 05, 2011 11:45 AM #1
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Wow, Marte.   Thank God you are safe.

But Lug Nuts coming off?   That is very unusual... perhaps the last time you had a Balance and Rotation, the mechanic forgot to tighten them.


Mar 05, 2011 12:25 PM #2
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Shannon - Yes, it's a good idea to check!

Fred - Thank you, I'm very glad that this didn't cause an accident. On our little road, going slow, it was merely an inconvenience. It could very well be that they tightened them by hand and forgot to go back with the power tool - since the other 3 tires have tight lug nuts.

Mar 05, 2011 01:44 PM #3
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

So glad you were okay and no one was hurt. One time I was driving behind a truck and his wheel came off .....good thing it was at the top of the hill!

Mar 05, 2011 04:15 PM #4
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That really could have been a nasty situation if you have been going faster.  I think you really do have an angel on your shoulder.

Mar 06, 2011 05:07 AM #5
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I'm glad you and everyone else around you are alright. You are right that could have been dangerous for anyone within a 1/2 mile of you. I've learned to always check my wheels after going to any tire place. I had one forget to tighten everything on one wheel, but I noticed the pull as soon as I took a turn.

Mar 06, 2011 05:01 PM #6
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Marte, it was a scary situation, that's for sure! Luckily you were close to your neighbours house and it wasn't still blizzarding. People can get disoriented in blowing snow. Was the fish good?

Mar 06, 2011 08:27 PM #7
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Sure sounds like your guardian angel was ride shot gun that day!  Phew!

Mar 07, 2011 03:54 AM #8
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Sally - Your guardian angel is hard at work too!

Chris Ann - I'm sure I do.

Todd - That day your guardian angel was keeping you alert! It's amazing how many people have had similar experiences. It happened to my neighbor once when he was pulling a horse trailer.

Peg - Yes, and thank goodness for the kind of neighbor he is. The fish was good - even if a bit late!

Donna - I think that angel works overtime... always there when needed.


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