The kids and I were driving home from Melbourne today and the grain truck in front had a problem with the grain bin cover. It flapped up and looked like loose rope but in fact it was a big metal pole that flew off into our lane.
I had seen it start flapping and slowed a bit thinking I’d get the kids to note the truck details so we could call and warn the company. I had time to slam the brakes on and (the nearest car to me was several hundred metres back) but if I’d not noticed the flapping I’d have been overtaking the truck and that metal pole would’ve come in the car windscreen.
DS asked me if I thought it would’ve killed us! I said I don’t want to think about it.