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.
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.
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!