As you probably know, it has been snowing quite a bit here in Kansas City. When I went out to the car this morning, I learned that another several inches fell last night.
Needless to say, driving in this weather is a challenge. It is not uncommon to see cars completely off the side of the freeway, often facing the wrong direction. I have wondered “How can that happen?”
I was driving to work this morning in the number two lane (#1 is the fast lane). Because of the conditions, I was going between 50-60 MPH and was a safe distance behind the car in front of me.
We came up on four cars in the number three lane that were driving about 40 MPH.
The last car in that line was an SUV driving about 10 feet behind the third car in the line! Unbelievable!
I was about to start passing by the line of cars when he suddenly pulled out in front of me! The distance couldn’t have been more than 10 feet!
I tried to coast but he was going much slower. It was either hit the brake or hit him…
I hit my brake.
Instantly the rear of my car started skidding to the right. I responded by turning the steering wheel to the right into the slide. My rear end then whipped around in a counter clockwise direction and I couldn’t stop it. It was like being on a bad Merry-Go-Round!
After completing the second 360º spin, I was approaching the wall on the right side of the freeway. I prepared for impact…
The nose of my car hit the wall and my car started spinning in the other direction.
I prepared for impact again…
My rear bumper hit the wall. I bounced off of the wall and came to a stop on the side of the freeway facing the oncoming traffic. Fortunately, there were no cars immediately behind me.
The amazing thing was that in both locations where I hit the wall, I hit a pile of fresh snow! Nothing happened to me or my car! Not a scratch!
I turned my headlights off so I wouldn’t blind the oncoming traffic, started my car, turned around and drove to work!
When I told a friend at work the story, he said that wasn’t the snow that I hit…
For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:11-12
I believe that and thank Him for it!