Wow, what a weekend for driving! In addition to the nail-in-the-tire debacle I nearly got to see an SUV roll over in front of me. We were in the center lane of the highway in some moderate rain when we saw a flash of brake lights in the left lane about 800 feet in front of us. I don't exactly know what initiated the incident but a black Saturn Vue managed to lose control and slide across the road. It scared the living hell out of me because within one or two seconds this thing was turned perpendicular to its direction of travel right in front of us and I was waiting for it to go over. Fortunately that didn't happen and the vehicle made it all the way off the right side of the road and rolled backward to a halt. I don't think they hit anything.
Thing is, the driver was doomed from the very beginning. The front wheels were turned away from the direction of the skid the entire time and I don't think he/she ever stopped braking. People need to learn how to deal with these things! Until a driver is exposed to a skid (first time ought to be in a snowy, empty, HUGE parking lot), the gut reaction is to panic and hang on until it's over. Odds are I'm preaching to the choire here, but I really wish drivers were better trained. When I'm rich and famous that's going to be my excuse for going to high-performance driving school. :twisted: