Never hit this while driving….

EDIT:  I had originally offered $100 off FlyQ to the first person who could identify the object I hit. After many good guesses, all wrong, I don’t think anyone will get it so game over.  Text and additional photos below now explain what the object is.


Totally unrelated to flying but perhaps a reason why flying is sometimes called safer than driving?

I hit this on the highway while driving into work this morning.

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In case you can’t tell what this is (no one could from that picture, myself included), maybe these will help.  These were taken after the tow truck lifted my car enough so that we could dislodge the object from the car.

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I hit a sink.  A steel sink painted white.  In the middle of a highway lane.  Really.

On the road, at highway speed, it looked to me like a crushed white cardboard box as the “crushed” aspect to it was not from my encounter but from whomever hit it before me.  I saw it in time to swerve but doing so would have meant moving into another lane without properly checking for incoming cars.  So, given the usual highway speeds, hitting a box seemed like the safest option.  Can’t imagine why I didn’t expect it to be a steel sink.  Even after I hit it, I had no idea what it was and didn’t expect it to still be embedded in my car; I simply thought I blew a tire upon impact with something that, clearly, was not cardboard.  I drove to the right side of the road, and, since I happened to be maybe 100 yards from an exit ramp, drove off the highway onto a side street then drove a bit more and parked the car out of traffic and away from driveways.  I didn’t realize that the sink was still part of my car until I got out and took a look.  And, even then, I had no idea it was a sink until the very helpful tow truck man raised my car enough for us to separate things.

And yes, I’m fine and the car will be fine after some work.  Also, I do have a second car (usually used by son at college but he happens to have left it here after winter break) so I’m lucky.  But this has definitely made an interesting story!

66 thoughts on “Never hit this while driving….

  1. Plastic trash can

    Suggestion: good idea would be to cover your plate or blur it out

    On Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 3:44 PM Flying with Seattle Avionics wrote:

    > Steve Podradchik posted: “Totally un-related to flying but perhaps a > reason why flying is sometimes called safer than driving? I hit this on the > highway while driving into work this morning. At the suggestion of Kim in > the office, we’ll give a $100 off a FlyQ subscription to the ” >

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    • Negative … and I did think of blurring the plate but figure that in today’s day and age, any nefarious person would already be able to find my plate. Plus, it’s not like I hide my name and I’m in the phone book.

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  2. Looks like a cardboard box folded into a downhill sled like I used as a child.

    On Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 3:44 PM Flying with Seattle Avionics wrote:

    > Steve Podradchik posted: “Totally un-related to flying but perhaps a > reason why flying is sometimes called safer than driving? I hit this on the > highway while driving into work this morning. At the suggestion of Kim in > the office, we’ll give a $100 off a FlyQ subscription to the ” >

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    • Nope. But a white cardboard box is exactly what I thought it was on the road — which is why I didn’t try to swerve out of the way and into a different lane on the highway. Seemed that hitting cardboard was the safest choice. Sadly, not cardboard.

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  3. Since I have a lifetime subscription I’m only doing this for the fun of it.

    It looks like a portion of a mailbox.

    Anyway Steve, glad you weren’t hurt!

    Rick Weiss

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  4. Looks like a mailbox. I’m a lifer so no need for any reward. Just wondering if I’m correct.

    Dan Neville

    *dan_neville@wycliffe.org* / *dan@kalaam.org*

    *From:* Flying with Seattle Avionics [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] *Sent:* Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:45 PM *To:* dan.neville@wycliffe.org *Subject:* [New post] Never hit this while driving….

    Steve Podradchik posted: “Totally un-related to flying but perhaps a reason why flying is sometimes called safer than driving? I hit this on the highway while driving into work this morning. At the suggestion of Kim in the office, we’ll give a $100 off a FlyQ subscription to the “

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  5. Is it a toilet?

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  6. Wow! What a huge bang that must have made when you hit it. Did you know what is was before the collision or did you not see it at all? I can’t really tell from the photo so it resembles a mailbox. From what I am seeing in the photo,it is made of white painted aluminum, with a rounded re-enforced edge. It reminds me of the leading edge of a wing. So I will guess that it is a removable fuel tank from an aircraft wing. Sincerely yours for a safer G.A.Bristowe Pitts

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    • Actually, v 4.6 includes a secret feature called The Kitchen Sink. It’s a new ADS-B traffic feature that uses a cleverly designed icon tied to a “swish” sound to warn when a steel object, about 18×18 inches gets too close.

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