Originally Posted by Filthy Beast
This time I find the end of my ratchet strap wrapped around the drive shaft. It is a bright red so I know it was not there the first time I looked and I have no idea where it was that first time. It appears that I did not tie the excess back to the strap as I usually do.
Your lesson was cheaper than mine. I always carried those ratcheting straps in the back of my truck to tie tires down that I may haul during the normal course of my business. I'd just leave them loose in the bed, near the cab when not using them.
I was doing about 70 down the interstate one morning, when the wind evidently picked up the long end of one of the straps. This end found it's way down in the gap between the bed and cab of the truck........before wrapping itself around the driveshaft.
When it wrapped itself, it instantly jerked the remaining strap, with ratchet attached to the point between the cab and bed where it had slid thru. The ratchet couldn't fit thru this slim area, so the strap broke.......and I found the ratchet stuck between bed and cab.....with the rest of the strap around the driveshaft.
However, in the initial jerk, the ratchet (or possibly the metal hook) hit my back glass.....shattering it.
That'll wake you up fast......driving down the road and your rear window exploding.
Lesson learned to the price of a rear window: Keep those straps secure somewhere, even when not in use.