Monday, August 1, 2011

Almost

Saturday night my heart almost stopped.
Mr. X and I were on our way to a friend's house to watch one of the Harry Potter movies.
We were on "the" road in a loaner car.
We had just passed the accident scene about five minutes before.
As we approached an on-ramp I saw quite a few cars needing to get onto the highway.
So I did what drivers are supposed to do.
I signaled.
I got into the left lane.

The SUV in the right lane just ahead of me decided to get into my lane.
No signal.
No looking.
Just over.
He was about a foot away from the passenger side door.
The side Mr. X was sitting.
I started honking my horn.
The driver started swerving all over the road.
I was torn between hitting my brakes even though there was a mini-van behind me.
Or driving off the side of the road.
Would I go across the median if I went off the road?
I had to slow down though or we were going to hit the SUV.
The van behind me thankfully saw the situation.
The driver went almost off the road as he saw my brake lights.
The SUV got back into the right lane.
And I tried to make sure not to lose control of the wheel.

It was all over in a matter of seconds.
No car hit another.
No one got hurt.
No one died.
But my heart was seriously racing.
In my mind, I could hear the crashing noise.
That unmistakable sound of metal bending and clashing.
And I was scared of losing Mr. X.

Mr. X offered to drive since I was shaken up.
He told me how well I did making quick decisions and handling the car.
Of course I did not take him up on the offer to drive.
No, I am strong.
I can do this.
But I used the excuse the car is a loaner.

I got away from the SUV as quickly as I could.
Unsafe drivers annoy me so much.
There is no way he looked before coming into my lane.
And no signal for a lane change on a major highway?!?

Please be aware when driving.
Please do not text and drive.
Be ten times more careful when you have other passengers in the car.
And obviously, do not drink and drive.
A car is such a heavy piece of equipment and can easily injure/kill others.

2 comments:

Janine (txmomx6) said...

Star,
My heart was in my throat during this entire post. So very, very glad and relieved that you both are OK. And so very, very sorry that you even had to experience something as crappy and scary as that.
And yet, you kept going.
You have grown so much stronger.
I'm happy for and proud of you.
As is your husband (as well as Mr. X, of course).
WIthout a doubt.
xoxo

Funny Girl said...

Glad you made it through that situation ok. Ugh! You'd hate driving in Chicago. I'm the passenger here in the city 100% of the time and just sitting there I get panic attacks. Kobfa has way better reaction time than I do so it's better he drives, but man, there have been so many close calls.

I flipped over my car once. No one got hurt thankfully but i get shaken up easily in cars now (whether as driver or passenger).

Be safe/careful out there Lil Star.