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    I hit a duck :(

    I feel sick.
    I was just driving down a secondary highway, going 55 in a 55. Meanwhile, some 'hole was tailgating me so closely, I could see every expression on her face and the passenger. Right after a bend, there is a mother duck and two ducklings crossing in a line. My instinctive reaction is to brake, but I know if I slammed the brakes and activated ABS that the 'hole behind me would seriously have rear ended me. I want to swerve into the other lane to avoid the ducks all together, but there is an oncoming car. I would have not been able to control such a swerve anyways. So I swerved right just a little bit, in hopes that I would get the mother duck and the two ducklings to go between my tires. They were traveling toward the right. I felt a crunch....
    I look in my rear view immediately to find the mother duckling looking backwards, as if to take a head count of who is alive. The mother survived unharmed, and so did one duckling. At least the mother survived. If I had killed the mother, the ducklings would have no chance to live. So my plan worked most of the way. Meanwhile, the people behind the tailgater stopped and waited for the crossing.

    I don't know what else I could have done . I wish I could have stopped and gotten more time to time my steering maneuver just right so that my tires would completely miss all the ducklings. But would 12ft be enough reaction distance for the guy behind me to realize that I have stopped? It was already in the dark. I hope I don't have regrets about this
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    PC, better the duckling than you or another person. What can I say, life ain't fair and sometimes you're in the car driving and sometimes you are the duckling in the road. It was just his time!
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    awww PC, sorry about that. It sounds like you did everything you could to avoid a collision and to save the ducks. It is a terrible feeling, though isn't it? Sounds like you did some quick thinking and did the right thing given the situation.
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    the Drivers ed lady said I did an excellent job in there. BUt I feel like I could have swerved just a tiny bit more and gotten all the ducks between my tires . GIven that I hit the last in line duck, I was pretty damn close.
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    Hahahhaa:

    (21:44:33) xstarryeyed: id rather have the duckling live
    (21:44:44) PhantomCow2: than me?
    (21:44:49) xstarryeyed7: ..
    (21:44:49) xstarryeyed: maybe
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    ha ha! that is funny!
    Where am I going?......

    ....and why am I in this handbasket?

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    Aafflaaccc!!!!!
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    I hit a duck once. I was 17 and the owner of my second fastest car (Integra). Flying along a paved farm road at 100+ and came upon a slow moving car. I slowed to about 50 so as not to scare the piss out of the other car. I waited behind them for a passing zone and as soon as one appeared the other car put his brakes on. I became anxious and gunned it. Flying past at 75, I soon realized why the other car was slowing.

    Mama Duck and babies in tow were crossing the road. All I could do was look in the rear view mirror as feathers exploded from behind my car and covered the other drivers windshield. I almost peed myself laughing (I was 17) and returned home. Upon looking under the car I sat on my driveway and chuckled to myself. I had clipped the duck with my tow hook and bits had wrapped themselves around the steel hook and strewn about down the entire length of the undercarriage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Smashy
    Aafflaaccc!!!!!

    BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAAAAA!
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    I feel so bad ... yet am laughing at Cypress's stupidity.

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    In high school a friend of mine taxidermied a duck with a coat hanger coming out the back. He wired this thing to his grill and it looked like the duck was flying in front of him. He used to park outside the window of the animal rights activist english teacher so when the wind blew the duck sort of floated on the wind, they didn't get along and I thing this is why he did it in the first place.

    It was great until we took a trip on the freeway, we got up to about 60 and the duck started occillating. At about 65 it tore loose and hit right where the windshield and roof meet, I have never seen such a big cloud of feathers or so many cars dodging, I don't think I stopped laughing for a good 80 miles.

    Don't feel bad about the duck, there are millions more.

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    Mom and one chick made it out okay. You made it out okay. The person made it out okay.

    You did the best you could with the split second decision making you had. Don't feel bad. You saved two little lives here including your life as well. If anyone, the person behind you is the blame. She was the one who was driving dangerously and forced into the situation.

    I think you did quite well. There was only one sacriface, not three. Not you. You did good. ((hugs))
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    New ducks are made every day. You just took out the dumb ducks that don`t watch for traffic. You actually helped make the duck gene pool stronger. Hold your head high , dumb duck slayer. ( Said with Budweiser "real men of genius voice")
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    The wake


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    Smile, man. It's not the end of your world. The duck's, however...
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    Got airbags? Slam those brakes and let the tool behind you deal with the consequences. That's just my feeling. Biggest thing I ever hit was a fox - big one too. Luckily I hit him so hard he died instantly. But yeah, I felt pretty bad.

    I thwacked a guinea fowl in Namibia once. What stupid animals.

    We were then passed by a guy in an old Merc - he had apparently hit another guinea fowl, and the head was lodged inside the headlamp, and the whole body was just flapping out the side. He didn't even know.

    We caught up to him about 50 miles later where a checkpost guy had stopped him to extricate the carcass from his lights. That was *funny*.
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    Seriously, if someone is that much of a tool driving, I just slowly decrease my speed until they get the hint, that or they get so impatient that they swerve into oncoming traffic and nearly hit the curb of the median trying to pass.
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    ^^ yep, I find that slowing down helps with these jerks. I get a real kick out of watching them get even more pissed off.
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    Next time just stop...the crash would have been the fault of those behind you. They were not following safely, and you saw a hazard on the road.

    My method for dealing with tailgaters is to false brake, just keep flashing those brake lights without actually getting to the point of the brakes engaging....this really pisses them off, but that's their own fault, since they are hugging my ass.
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    mmm ... Peking duck ...

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    Now just get a turkey and a chicken and you can make Turducken.


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    On the topic of ducks.....

    I spent half my lunch today chasing down 7 ducklings that seem to have wandered around the building (the area they were at was a very high chance of getting ran over)...once we caught them all, we dropped them off back at the pond where guess who....the big ole mama duck was at.

    All in all, pretty fun and a good ending.


    ....and my god was it a good workout, little ducklings sure can run fast.
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    Sorry about that PC. I've never had ducks cross in front of me, but I've had turkeys and squirrels. I stop for turkeys, but I figure squirrels are on their own. If I swerve to miss them, it throws their timing off and puts them under your wheel. So far the squirrels & I have a perfect record.
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    I'll slow down or stop for ducks. Geese on the other hand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritehsedad
    Sorry about that PC. I've never had ducks cross in front of me, but I've had turkeys and squirrels. I stop for turkeys, but I figure squirrels are on their own. If I swerve to miss them, it throws their timing off and puts them under your wheel. So far the squirrels & I have a perfect record.

    My friend hit a squirrel once. We were on a training ride going up a pass at 12mph and the damn thing zigged towards him, zagged towards me, then ran right back under his rear wheel and was brained on the spot.

    Definitely not his best move.
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    Sorry man.

    The only lesson to take is not the outcome of the duck but how your reaction time was altered by another driver. If it was a mother and child walking across the street saying you were being tailgated wouldn't be a good excuse. There's a few ways of getting a tailgater to back off. Tap the brakes, take your speed down to the minimum, and then there's always just letting them pass. All of them will minimize damage if you DO have to stop and they rear-end you.

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