"HELLO, I'm just calling to see if the driver towing the trailer, registration number xxx xxx made it to his destination without killing anyone or being killed? Give me a call on xxxx xxxx if you would like to discuss."
I left this message on the answering machine of a Sunshine Coast transport firm early one Sunday evening about six weeks ago.
I had been on my way home from Brisbane when a semi-trailer overtook me on the Bruce Hwy, wheels weaving and wobbling all over the white line that was supposed to be dividing us.
I held steady. The semi gained and lost ground with the rise and fall of the road, and then it began to move into the left lane.
The trouble was that my car was still in it. I hit the brakes, hit the horn, and am still here.
I assume the truck driver made it because I did not hear about any fatal truck accidents on the highway further north on the radio news the next morning.
David Lillis didn't make it.
Mr Lillis was walking around his broken-down car on the side of the Bruce Hwy at Kulangoor, between Nambour and Yandina, on a Monday evening when he was struck by a northbound semi-trailer that was being overtaken by another semi.
His death came a day before the fourth anniversary of one of the highway's worst accidents.
Rachel Purdy, her partner Cory Whitmore and their unborn baby were killed on September 4, 2008, at Kybong, between Pomona and Gympie, when their vehicle was hit by an out-of-control Pantech truck and burst into flames.
The truck driver, Mark Hamilton, who had been tailgating, also died.
An inquest into that collision and two other fatal accidents found that driver error and defective vehicles were contributing factors, and that the highway was a hazard - not because of its condition, but because of the volume of traffic on it.
"It's a road that you've got to have your wits about you," a witness was quoted as saying.
So what really goes on?
During a 130km lap of the Bruce from Caloundra and north to Coles Creek on Wednesday, I saw a disregard for the speed limit.
I slipped from the Sunshine Mwy into the southbound lanes about 3.55pm and at 100kmh - the speed limit - and was keeping pace with a southbound semi-trailer a couple of hundred metres ahead which was trying to overtake a vehicle in the left lane.
However I should have been gaining ground because heavy vehicles are supposed to drive 10kmh under the speed limit.
Near the Ettamogah, where the road surface is a patchwork of repairs, I was overtaken by a maroon Holden sedan bearing an L-plate. I had to speed up to 105kmh to keep pace.
Five minutes later, I crossed the highway and was sitting on the 100kmh limit when I was passed by a car, a ute and a B-double.
I accelerated to try to keep pace and measure its speed and found I was doing 105kmh - and was passed by two cars before we got to Forest Glen.
I had dropped back to 100kmh when a semi bearing the name of a well-known wine label loomed from behind in the right lane.
Its speed varied between 70 and 100kmh before it passed me in a wash of wind on 100kmh just before the start of a 110kmh zone.
My car continued to shudder in the wind even after the truck had settled in to the lane in front of me but it was gone by Kulangoor.
I was sitting on 100kmh in the 110kmh zone near Yandina when I was passed by a late-model ute towing a trailer stacked with building equipment. I upped my speed to 110kmh but still could not keep up with the ute and trailer.
The stretch from Yandina through to Eumundi was quiet, so quiet that I passed another vehicle - a SsangYong utility at only 100kmh.
Police with a radar gun were checking speeds just before the limit dropped to 90kmh at Cooroy.
Once in the 90kmh zone, a kilometre or two past the police radar, the SsangYong ute passed me at 100kmh before slowing, just north of Cooroy, to 90kmh as signed.
Near Pomona a flashing sign read "You are tailgating." I paid no attention. It has said the same thing in the past when there had been no vehicles for a couple of hundred metres.
North of Pomona, where the speed limit drops from 80kmh to 60kmh through roadworks, a maroon sedan which had crept up in the 90kmh zone north of Cooroy was sitting on my tail until an overtaking lane gave him a shot at passing.
But when a four-wheel-drive with a boat on top decided to pull on to the highway from the side of the road near Eumundi, a semi-trailer bearing the name of a Gympie transport company boxed me in behind the 4WD, forcing me to brake.
Like the inquest witness said: "It's a road that you've got to have your wits about you."
For the record, nobody from the transport company has got back to me yet.