What is the closest you’ve ever come to death or serious injury? I got to think about that this morning as I had to take some extreme driving maneuvers to avoid a head on collision in my car today.
I was driving to work, thinking about what I would do if I saw someone’s stolen bike being ridden by someone else, when all of a sudden there is a car out of control heading straight at me in my lane.
The road I was driving on is a two lane with a single lane in the middle for turning. A semi-truck coming in the opposite direction was getting ready to make a left turn (which luckily got my sensors up cause he would not have the time to make the turn before I got up to him) into a parking lot and was not using the middle lane so that he could make his turn a bit wider. A car behind him decided to attempt to pass using the middle turning lane and almost made it but got clipped in the rear end by the truck. This sent him careening and skidding out of control directly at me. I didn’t have time to think I just yanked on the wheel to the left across all traffic and right into a driveway and narrowly avoided a car going 40 mph slamming right into me.
The only other time I can recall being so close to serious injury was my fault and also involved a car. I was young and stupid and was trying to read a map while driving. Something in the back of my mind told me to look up and just as I did I realized all the traffic in front of me had stopped. I just had time to yank my car to the left and hope there wasn’t anyone coming up behind me in that lane. I think if I had looked at that map for just a second longer I would have been hurting in a bad way.
So anyone else have any stories? I’m still breathing a bit fast.