A near miss

21 Jan

Second last light before I was home.

I sat, waiting for the red light to turn green, anxious to be home and anxiously looking in my rearview mirror at the young man texting behind me.  I hope he puts his phone away before he starts driving, I thought, worried about getting rear-ended. I have book club tonight and didn’t need the hassle of a traffic accident.

The intersection was a tricky one, where three streets met – two perpendicularly and one diagonally. Left turns were tricky, but I was simply going straight through. I watched as the traffic lights turned from green to red for the people on the road perpendicular to me, and waited for my red to become green.

My light turned green and I counted in my head before moving my foot from the brake to the accelerator. As I did so, the van beside me honked. I assumed it was turning left and someone was in its way. I slowly moved into the intersection, still worried about the texter behind me.

Thank goodness for the honker because I had enough time to slam on my brakes as a grey sedan barreled through a red light, clearly speeding. I hadn’t been able to see it until I pulled forward because of the size of the van.

Thank goodness I had just begun to accelerate because if I had been going the speed limit, I would have been T-boned.

Thank goodness that young man behind me had been on his phone because he was late following behind me.

I was a little shaky as I drove the rest of the way home, but thankful that it was a near miss.




4 Responses to “A near miss”

  1. energylibrarina January 21, 2020 at 7:04 am #

    Dear Adrienne,
    I enjoy reading your posts and would like to share a book title with you.
    Into the Magic Shop: a neurosurgeon’s quest to discover the mysteries of the brain and the secrets of the heart by James Doty, MD
    Hugs and good wishes.

    Sent from my iPad
    Cathie Padgett

  2. Joanne Toft January 21, 2020 at 7:07 am #

    So glad the van honked – nice to have a tip off when people are driving crazy. So glad as well that you are safe! Thanks for sharing!

  3. arjeha January 21, 2020 at 8:47 am #

    So glad nothing serious occurred. People are so in a hurry to get nowhere these days. Between testers and crazy drivers there are so many things to watch out for when driving these days.

  4. Lisa Corbett January 25, 2020 at 6:04 pm #

    A narrow miss! Glad you weren’t late for book club!

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