Mattg21iah From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 55 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3107 times:
I was driving by the airport today and noticed a couple a/c on final and was just watching them fly over the highway. Next thing I notice is that I was swerving all over my lane. As my girlfriend tells me I am a terrible driving when a plane is flying over. Does anyone else have these problems and any interesting stories about it, maybe accidents caused by it?
COEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1065 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3086 times:
HaHa!! All the time. Especially when I'm driving on the NJ Turnpike by EWR. Don't even watch the road. My friends tell me I'm a bad driver because of it but i don't understand how you could pay attention to the cars when you have such amazing pieces of machinery landing and taking off right next to you.
Cha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 785 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3071 times:
This is so true! Just today I was driving back from a weekend in Long Island and we passed JFK - I saw 2 747's, 4 767's, and a handful of A320's while we were sitting in traffic on the Belt Parkway. I held-up traffic half the time and almost banged the car in front of me the other half. I stopped counting planes when my wife gave me a stern yelling.
Also, being in the truck lanes on the southbound turnpike near EWR is deadly as well...
You land a million planes safely, then you have one little mid-air and you never hear the end of it - Pushing Tin
NZblue From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 638 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3046 times:
Working at LAX, I must admit I pay more attention to the right side of the Westbound 105 Freeway after the 405 interchange than I do focusing on staying in my actual lane and watching out for the daily break-pushers trying to exit Sepulveda.
The worst part is that the LAX landing approach parallels the 105 nearly from the 605, so my entire drive on the 105 is constantly distracting as I look up at various AM flights coming in
I don't think the cops would like my excuse very much should I ever cause an accident!
It's an entirely different kind of flying; all together.
Douglas7Seas From United States of America, joined May 2004, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3037 times:
Wow, I know where you're coming from. I drive the freeway under the approach to LAX every day, too and from work. It is very hard not to watch. Hey, back in the late 80's I used to watch a CV880 fly in every morning. Now, how am I supposed to NOT watch this?
Mark777300 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3035 times:
I told this story once, that while I was living in Miami, I was on the 836 and while watching a DL 777 in the Olympics color scheme at MIA, I accidently rear-ended my wife who I was following! Boy did I get an ear full. I almost did it again on the I-95 at EWR when the An-225 was there once a few years back. Although this time, my wife was with me and yelled at me to watch where I was going. No accident that time!
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3016 times:
Absolutely - on the M25 near LHR, I'm hopeless ! When I worked at LHR, I'd sometimes drive round the M25 on my way places, and my car had a sunroof - I'd be watching planes through the sunroof rather than watching the road. Never had an accident, but still... not good.
WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1295 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3008 times:
I am a horrific driver if I am near an airport. I live near SNA but if I go home to see my parents I drive by SNA, LAX, and can see Van Nuys from the different freeways. If my girlfriend is with me she know to keep a lookout on the road and keep me focused on driving. Sometimes I let her drive just so I can catch all the scenery.
AvianceGirlUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2990 times:
Totally Agree... Every day whilst driving to work (LHR) i have to drive along the peremiter Road over from T5. Well I nearly crash every day watching the damn things i work with flying over my head. One time i came into work and a Manager for BAA (a good friend i hasten to add) stopped me and told me that i drive very badly and whilst i was watching that BA 744 flying over my head earlier on, i nearly went into the Land Rover in front. Well i was rather embarrased that apart from nearly ending up in the drivers boot, someone else actually spotted me doing this..
But I cant help it
United4everDEN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2900 times:
Me and a friend were out at DEN one day, he was behind me. We were going along the road along the 16s and it is very heavily used for trucks. All of a sudden an Alaskan 734 flies overhead, just perfect timing. I swerved to the right and thought a truck was side swiping me or something. I swerved more when I looked at what it was. Scared me badly!
OV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 914 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2904 times:
Every time when accelerating, I want to pull the yoke towards me... and then I remember, it's a Skoda, not a Boeing...
Yeah, I've had a couple of scary moments. Once when a Finnair MD80 was making a rather strange very low approach just over my head, I almost went off the runw... the road I mean. Now I drive extra carefully when near the airport.
CruzinAltitude From United States of America, joined May 2004, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2882 times:
I trained my girls. In the car approaching Melbourne, Australia they would call out.
"Traffic 10 o'clock low possible 767 left to right". We had it down pat No accidents, with 3 spotters in the car.
Gerry, you inspire me! Know that I will use your proven method of cross driving/spotting in my future child rearing practices!
Oh, and yes, my Girlfriend thinks Im a horrible drive near any airport. She especially love it when we are having a conversation, and mid sentence (her's or mine) I cease all attempts of communication to enjoy the beauty of commercial aviation. The insult coupled with a few close calls gets me in trouble a lot!!!
USAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2877 times:
Guilty as well, especially past EWR on the NJ Turnpike...definitely hard to stay focused there...I was also driving past JFK on the Belt Parkway yesterday, but that is like a parking lot with all that traffic so the danger was very low...saw a Song 757, CX Cargo 744F, and Gemini MD-11F as we crawled past...
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Goboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2706 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2869 times:
I just drove from the PHL area to ACY where I'm typing this and I almost crashed twice watching planes, once near PHL and the Betsy Ross Bridge and the other was a Navy G-V landing runway 13 at ACY. At least the F-16s are in the pattern here today; I guess I'll just sit here and watch them from the hangar!
BCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2824 times:
See... all you guys have problems with just one line of air traffic to watch. Everytime I'm driving north on I-5 into downtown Seattle, I get horribly distracted by flights coming into/leaving both BFI and SEA! I'm telling you, with the approaches so low to the freeway, it can be a real danger!
Airman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 975 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2810 times:
OH hell yes.
Driving on the 427 or the 401 here in Toronto is really bad for me. You can see the entire runway and most of the airport on both of these highways at certain points. I have had a few close calls when they are coming in for alanding.