It rained heavily through the night. I was speeding down a rather vacant Jalan Ipoh from Rawang to Selayang in my steadfast Pony. I waded through a puddle, then something hit my Pony from the bottom. Praise the Lord for no apparent injury on both Pony and I, except for a bit of scare and wonder for days to come. Spoiler alert: that ‘something‘ is a wooden javelin.
No, nobody will stay around in the middle of the road waiting to javelin me to death. Besides, IED is way better in getting the job done if murdering is the intention.
I think the wooden pointy stick probably fell off from a heavy vehicle, somehow found its way floating in the water puddle, then hit Pony’s belly when I crashed into the puddle in high speed. Alright, it’s been multiple times I mentioned about “Pony“, but who is She? She is a Ford Fiesta 1.0L Ecoboost. I promise to write more about Her some time in the future. Hopefully this is not too shabby for an advertisement for a future post.
Initially I had no idea what hit my Pony. With the clanking and vibration under my feet, I thought the water wading must have broken part of the lower body kit, so I never think of an emergency stop. I was pushing my luck to continue the journey down to UMMC. Unfortunately, the clanks only getting worse after I passed Selayang. Worriedly I stopped by the Petronas station to get the car inspected (not by a professional of course, it’s 5.40am).
The first sight chilled my bones. I can only see a small pointy end protruding from the inside of my Pony’s lower body kit, without puncturing the driver’s side rear tyre. Besides rain water, there is no visible liquid dripping from the undercarriage. I gave the protruding end a tug, was surprised by the weight. A slight sway and yank pulled out a long piece of wooden stick (picture below). I praised the Lord for no apparent danger thus far ( as I am writing to you now). Rushing against time, I left the javelin there, with no intention to keep it as memorabilia.
I pulled this wooden pointy stick (javelin) from my undercarriage at a Petronas Station along Jalan Ipoh.
Road debris like this wooden stick could be hazardous and even fatal. Retrospectively, many of the debris-related crashes are preventable. Falling items from vehicles are either the results from improper maintenance (loose parts) or unsecured loads. I have seen dangling exhaust pipe almost scratching the road surface, polystyrene box flew off the lorry carrying vegetables, punctured tyres of 40 tonnes lorry missing the passing by motorcyclist etc. Every road user is at risk and every road user is entitled to prevent ‘fatal shots’ from happening. AAA Exchange wrote a concise article about road debris.
Call for Action
In short, we should maintain our vehicles and secure all kinds of loads that we bring onto the roads. I wish not to see a flying piece of tyre or another vehicle lose control after being hit. Besides, do focus behind the wheels, as you can never know when will the next ‘missile’ is going to hit you, and you definitely can use some focus in saving your (and your passengers’) life.