"Saw a woman on her cell phone, pinned against her ear and shoulder, open novel on one leg pinned under the wheel, folded newspaper open on the other leg, coffee in one hand, as well as a container of mascara, lid/brush for mascara in the other hand, staring at the mirror on the visor applying makeup. At 65 mph.
Yeah, she was all over the road....not a cop to be seen for ten minutes before she passed me or ten minutes after. I just hope she didn't hurt anyone once she left the interstate a mile or so further on."
"I used to be a FedEx driver. So, not quite an 18-wheeler, but I was still high up in my truck and could see down into people's cars pretty easily.
One morning I'm heading out for the start of my route, and I'm in morning rush hour traffic.
I come to a stop at a red light, traffic stopped all around me. I glance out my window, down at the car next to me. And what do I see? A guy eating a bowl of cereal at the wheel of his car.
He was holding the bowl in his right hand and steering with his left. When traffic came to a stop, he would grab the spoon with his left hand and furiously shovel spoonfuls of cereal into his mouth. Then go back to steering when traffic started moving again..."
"My dad told my mom this story but I've never heard him talk about it.
Once when he was driving the truck, there was a little girl in a car with a man. She looked at my dad with the most hopeless look of desperation and mouthed 'HELP ME.'
My dad had no idea what to do or if the girl was really in trouble, so he wrote down the guys plate and followed him for a few miles trying to contact highway patrol but eventually, couldn't keep up. He said it kept him up for awhile and he still worries about it. This was all about 20 years ago."
"Sometimes at work, I drive a 26' straight truck. One time in Connecticut I was on a multi-lane highway and we were all stuck in the 5:30 pm stop-n-go traffic. To my right, there was a guy who was in his early 40s, in business casual - sitting in a compact car. He'd reach over to the passenger seat into a 30-pack of something like Milwaukee's Best or another cheap swill; he cracked it open and downed it.
When I say he 'downed it,' I mean he held his throat open and just poured the beer straight to his stomach. Then he'd belch loudly while grabbing another and repeat. Between the time I noticed this and him exiting the freeway, I watched him put down seven or eight beers like it was nothing, and we're talking an elapsed time of about four minutes."
"While driving, I once saw an obese, hairy guy in nothing but his underwear. He had a hand fumbling in them and a pinkie on his steering wheel. I needed brain bleach after seeing that..."
"I was driving a taxi van, in rural Austria, on the highway. Doing a casual 110kph to save diesel, very little traffic, a station wagon overtakes me doing at least 180kph.
I know the roads, and I know it curves slowly to the right between two tunnels right up ahead. The car disappeared around the curve and when it reappeared, it kept rolling backward, perpendicular to the driving direction and came to a halt.
There was light steam, an empty highway, suspension collapsed, all windows were gone and four sitting bodies with hanging heads. Mum, dad with two teenage kids were in the back. F---.
The car had lightly touched the barrier, oversteered straight, head-on into the opposing side wall.
I couldn't feel a pulse on any of them and shakingly dialed 112. Waited for the ambulance, I reversed the taxi van somewhat and turned the hazard lights on to warn oncoming traffic. I did this after an upcoming vehicle had taken out my warning triangle at 130kph or so. I was genuinely shaking because of everything that was happening.
Eventually, a traffic jam formed, emergency services arrived and I went on with my luckily busy day. But I can never unsee these four slack hanging heads in eerie silence. This was 18 years ago."
"I was driving on the highway, and saw a kid eating an entire roll of toilet paper...in the backseat. Not unrolling it into his mouth like that Bubblegum tape, either, but biting directly into it like a burger...Chills..."
"I pulled up next to a guy in a Mercedes, he was attaching a silencer onto the end of a weapon... Then he noticed me looking and quickly rolled up the window and drove away rather quickly."
"One time, I saw one of Miami PD's finest, watching YouTube videos on the center console. We were on the highway in light traffic, and at one point, she definitely had her head turned looking at the screen. That really pissed me off, when I realized she's probably written countless tickets to other motorists for using cell phones..."
"I once looked out the window on the highway in Connecticut. There was a pickup truck with a bunch of full black garbage bags in the bed. There was also a woman in a pink bikini and sunglasses nestled into the garbage bags face up. I guess she was sunbathing...? I don't think anyone in a regular car could have seen her because of how nestled into the garbage bags she was. It was weird.
Also, one day I saw a guy with his window down trying to play guitar while driving. I noticed because the head of the guitar was sticking out of the window."
"I literally saw a man with a live parrot on his motorcycle... He must have been traveling 60 mph down the highway. He actually built a pole for the bird to stand on."
"I've seen some s--- happening on the roads:
1) 2 larger girls were doing some sort of workout in the backseat. Like, waving their arms with those little 2 pound weights, probably to a DVD.
2) A woman was nursing a baby while driving. She's a busy new mom on the go, I get it, but that's totally dangerous! She was driving pretty well though lol.
3) A woman (my former math professor!) shaving her legs. One leg up on the dash, the other obviously on the gas/break.
4) An old guy was doing a drum solo on his steering wheel, swerving across the interstate. I stayed next to him and when he wasn't jamming out, he was texting or playing with the radio knobs..."
"One time I was driving on the highway and saw this woman, driving right next to me. Except this woman was driving down the highway with an Ouija board on her lap. Just why? That was just creepy and very dangerous! That one left me a bit stunned..."
"I used to be a trucker. I liked to blow the horn for people. Also made a game out of trying to get girls to notice me. It has worked multiple times, in the past...
One day somewhere between Lincoln and Omaha, a car was slowly passing me. I couldn't see the driver. A cute girl in that car made the air horn sign. I motion to her. She just looked like she didn't understand.
They passed me and pulled in front of me. A few minutes later, we slowed down for an exit. I got to see the driver, 40ish looking dad-guy, giving me a mean look. I could also see the girl in the passenger's seat since I was 2 lanes over now, but nobody in between. I got another look at the girl and realize she's probably 12 years old and I made a mistake.
Luckily they were never behind me AFTER I did this, so I don't think they got the number off my trailer to call about my driving, heh."
"One of my best friend's dad is a truck driver. He said the worst thing that he ever experienced was when he was cruising down the freeway and he saw a man standing on the side of the road up ahead. The man just jumped out in front of the truck and he ran the guy over. He said he could feel and hear everything, as he crushed his body underneath the truck."
"I was near Giants Stadium and there was terrible traffic. Everything was moving very slowly. As I was sitting, stuck in traffic, someone got out of the SUV in front of me and opened the trunk. Two girls ran into the marsh on the side of the road to pee. The car kept driving. About a minute later, the girls ran 200 or 300ft down the road to catch up with the car. They got in the trunk and the passenger got out and closed the trunk door... Weirdest s--- I've ever witnessed."
"I had some beers with my trucker friend this summer and he told me this story:
He was driving some major highway, and while passing a pickup truck towing a trailer - both full of hunting gear, random equipment, barrels, pieces of wood, tents, etc., he notices something bobbing around in one of the containers.
It was a dead body...
The two guys in the truck had a dead body in one of the metal containers in the back. The lid must have gotten knocked off, as his limp head and neck were bobbing up and down along the road. At eye level, you would have never seen it. You would just be driving alongside the truck and never notice. But the trucker, he noticed. And, he said, he damn near s--- himself.
He got on the radio, asked for someone with local knowledge to tell him about the nearest sheriff or police station. He took a photo with his smartphone - several shaky ones, in fact - and pulled over to call 911. They didn't believe him, at first. He described it all in detail, gave the plates, and begged them to send a car. A few days later, he went to give a statement and the photos. The detective in charge apparently grilled him for an hour, then chewed him out for taking photos while driving. Nice.
Honestly, it all sounded too bizarre to be true. But I saw the f---ing pictures. Pale white guy, mustache, medium-length hair, sticking out of a metal container in the back of a pickup. Hunting accident? Murder? Who knows.
Truckers see some weird s---.
"I pulled up to a red light and noticed the guy next to me was very enthusiastically playing the flute. Rolled down to the window to get a better listen and he's playing some pretty sweet jazz.
I figure he must be playing until the light turns green, right? Wrong. The light turns green and he just keeps going; dancing along as he plays and steering with his knees.
I followed him for a mile or two. Probably got up to about 55 mph. He never stopped playing. Never stopped dancing."
"One time I was driving to work in extremely heavy traffic, and I look over at the car next to me...
... Dude has a laptop propped against the wheel and he's typing away furiously. He's using his knee to steer. He was my boss."
"A couple of weeks ago, I saw an interesting car driving on an interstate in Alabama. The person driving had posters saying things along the lines of 'Jesus is real, here's the proof' taped all across the windshield and her side window. I have no idea how she was able to drive in a straight line because it didn't look like she could see out of the window."
"Someone had stuck their big phone (or tablet) to the windshield at eye level right in front of their face. As they drove, they were looking at the screen, and not the road.
At first, I thought he was looking at the navigation screen. But he was actually using the forward-facing camera. My best guess is the driver was nearsighted and did not have his glasses.
I never saw anyone doing anything intimate or naughty. I did see one lady with a paperback novel propped up on the steering wheel. She was reading as she drove down the highway."
"I once saw a girl texting with one hand and holding a bowl of something in her other. When she put her phone down, she used it to grab tortilla chips so she could eat the what I can presume to be salsa in the bowl."
"The stupidest thing I've seen on the roads was this woman (though it applies to anyone doing it) who was driving with a phone in her left hand and was apparently texting. She was not paying attention and almost went under me. She swerved by my left-side driver door area... Thank God she swerved, because if she didn't, she would have been dead under my wheels.
Put the damn phones down! If it is that important to text someone, you should pull over, to the shoulder. Please don't put others at risk!"
"I heard another trucker traveling the opposite way on the CB Radio, asking if there were any State Troopers out. He said some guy in a black SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed and was going to kill somebody if he wasn't stopped.
I just thought the trucker was blowing s--- out of proportion and it was just some driver taking advantage of the open freeway at 3 am. 3 or 4 seconds later, I watch a black SUV rolling over 3 or 4 times in the median. I don't know if the driver of the SUV died because I just kept going as though I was in China. But if he didn't die, I bet his speech is impaired..."
"Saw a guy wearing sandals with his feet out his driver side window, playing his guitar, while cruising around 65mph. From what I could see, he was completely alone.
In hindsight, it's infuriating to think how stupid and reckless someone can be on the road, as he's putting my life and others in danger. But at the time, all I could think to do was give him a thumbs up."
"I drive all over parts of Austin for my job. The craziest thing I've seen was a guy eating his breakfast on a plate. His fork was in 1 hand, the plate was in the other...while simultaneously steering with his knees. Not sure how much food he made, but I watched him for a good 5 minutes, glancing over at him due to traffic lights until I got uninterested."
"I worked with a guy as his offsider, in a work van, and he used to read the Bible while he was driving. After 2 days I told management and got the f--- out of there. I'm just lucky to be alive, to be honest..."
"The most depressing thing I saw was an accident on I-39, around Hudson, Illinois. I was just coming up over a hill and saw a van flipped. I stopped and rendered aid to the victim. I got him out just in case van caught on fire.
The driver was stuck and sort of unresponsive. It looked like amounts of blood or brains were coming out of his ears. Other truck drivers stopped and we got crowbars and what not, to try to pry the door open. The doors wouldn't budge one bit. It took the Bloomington fire department 30 f---ing minutes to get there for some reason. The driver did die, even after they got there and life-flighted him..."
"One day, I was following a young woman on a two-lane divided road bordering an Air Force base. She had the sun shade down and was using the mirror to put on mascara. Maybe she had bad eyes...who knows? But she had her face right up to the mirror and as a result, she was drifting all over the road.
Then I saw a police car approaching in the oncoming lane. Finally, road karma - the cop would see how she was driving and would pull her over. Except SHE apparently hadn't seen the cop, she veered into his lane and hit him head in. Both cars spun out, I was safe since I'd dropped back a little seeing how she was driving. The cop got out of the (now wrecked) cruiser, we tried to talk to him but he was unresponsive. Base cops were there in minutes, we told them the situation and promised to testify if necessary, that woman could have killed someone, almost had. One of the cops told us the officer in the crash had dislocated his shoulder."
"I was riding in the truck while working as a mover.
During the height of the Pokemon Go craze, I looked over at a stoplight. A man driving a civic was playing Pokemon Go on his iPad. It wasn't an iPad mini. I'm talking about a full blown iPad. It was ridiculous!"