Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Stomping The Invisible Brake Pedal #5

Girly Girl had her first "inclement weather" driving experience yesterday. I had my life rush before my eyes at least twice. In all fairness, the fault was mine. I should have checked the local traffic report before we hit the road. And very nearly hit another car.

We discussed driving safety and checked the car. Then we headed to the main road that we've traveled a few times. At first, all was well. Then, all of a sudden, there were a million cars (give or take a few) entering the main road. I'm thinking, "Where are all these cars coming from?" The highway is about a mile away and parallels Antioch, one of our main roads. So there we were, be-boppin' along, when all this traffic came out of nowhere. Worse, people were driving like bats out of hell! What we didn't know was that the highway was backed up and people were exiting to use Antioch to get through town. Of course, people were in a hurry to make up for lost time and driving like complete jerks.

Poor Girly Girl. We were stuck in the middle lane with cars passing us on either side, cars riding our back bumper, people weaving thru lanes in front of us. It was awful. We couldn't get off the road! (Here's the scary part.) When we finally got a chance to exit the road into a parking lot, some guy in a huge SUV was smack-dab in the middle of the parking lot entrance! Girly tried to slow down, but we hydroplaned anyway, stopping just inches from his bumper.

He gave us a "gesture!" The nerve! When we finally pulled into a parking space, we were both near tears. How awful is that? We switched places and I drove us home. Poor Girly Girl. We wanted to practice again today, but it's raining, and I don't want to tempt fate. Or jerky drivers.

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