Let's cut to the chase: I am FINE. Everyone is FINE. I did not hit anyone or wreck my car. But Monday wasn't a very good day of driving for me.
First of all, I left for work at my normal time on Monday morning. Usually I get to work at 7:45 and sit in the car until 7:53. I try to be in the parking lot with plenty of time to spare. But for some reason, even though I left for work at my normal time, I found myself about 5 minutes away from work and it was 7:50! I didn't understand how I was running so much later than normal. I really needed to be at work on time, so I picked up my speed. I drove faster than normal... faster than I probably should have been driving. Luckily I got to work with about 20 seconds to spare. Whew!
It was on the way HOME when things got hairy. I take a back road home, so I am not on any highways or anything. But like most people who drive the same route day in and day out, I zone out. Do you ever do that? You drrive home from work and not remember anything? How is it that we are able to drive on autopilot like that?
On Monday afternoon, as I was driving home, I suddenly saw that the car in front of me had braked. Unfortunately, I didn't notice this until I was much too close to the car. I SLAMMED, I mean, SLAMMED on my brakes. All my bags and stuff flew off the passenger seat onto the floor. My tires squealed LOUDLY and my car slid forward and fishtailed. I don't know how I didn't end up hitting the car in front of me, but somehow I didn't.
I was literally shaking after this happened and I was embarrassed. I do not ride people's asses, so one would think that even if the car in front of me had stopped abruptly, if I had been paying attention, I should have been able to stop in time without literally slamming on my breaks. I guess I was zoned out... I am so ashamed.
This is a reminder to me that I have to focus more when I am driving. I guess it is kind of hard after work.. After teaching all day, my mind is just a pile of junk and I have a hard time concentrating. Well I need to hold my shit together for 20 more minutes so I can get home in one piece!
Have you ever gotten rear ended?