To be honest, I’m not sure why I’m posting this, except that I have to share it with some friends, and Facebook just feels too public. I also need to deal with this somehow, and maybe some of you have had similar experiences.
On Saturday 11th February I was driving from Devon to Essex to celebrate my cousin’s 60th birthday. I had my son alongside me, my wife in the back, and the iPod was on shuffle. It had been a good journey, and we were on the M4 not too far from London. I was in the middle lane, doing around 70, and about to overtake two cars, when the first car suddenly swerved towards us just as I was alongside….I instinctively swerved to the right to avoid a collision, and I was now heading for the central barrier and was swiftly turning sideways, so I managed to turn the car out of that, and now it was now fishtailing down the road and I was convinced it would flip over….somehow I managed to bring the car under control from that, and we carried on. The enormity of what COULD have happened soon sank in…if there had been a car to my right….if it had flipped over and had following cars plough into us….the affect on my family of the consequencial accident….suddenly all those incidents you see on the roads and on tv became horribly real and personal.
I was amazingly calm afterwards, and didn’t even stop, but I woke up last night sweating and reliving all the above, and I’m not sure how to deal with all of the thoughts around being so close to disaster.
Has anyone had a similar experience and had to deal with it..?