I consider myself to be one of the World’s luckiest people, I consider myself blessed to hava had the best Driving instructor in the world. He told me that rule #1 whenever you get behind the wheel, put away everything else, your thoughts, your attitude, your problems, your multi tasking skills and your childish behavior. The most resounding thing he taught me was whenever you are traveling drive like you are the only one on the roadway that knows what you are doing. These profound words have kept me alive more than once, also not killing anyone. Over the years I have spent more time behind the wheel than the average Driver. Driving for a living for many years from Commercial to Taxi and everything in between. Also in a non professional class as a commuter, driving four hundred miles round trip, from PA to NY. On the social side I enjoy cross country Trips. I have covered in excess of three million miles in fifty years. These miles were over every Road surfaces and conditions imaginable. With all that said only two Accidents that weren’t my fault. The first occurred while traveling the Van Wyck expressway where it interact the Grand Central Parkway in NY anyone who have traveled this path knows that this merging nightmare is no joke. There is no giving and taking everyone wants to be Dale E . It was a Rainy Night the roadway was developing ice. A Three Stoges character driving a Jag speeded pass me crossed three lanes ,cut me off then not clearing properly took his foot off the gas .
I was traveling in the right lane, if I had jammed on my brake I would have skidded into his rear end, or ended up in the ditch to my right. With the touch of a feather I veered to the left to exit the lane. The slick road and centrifugal force spun me around five times. The outcome was horrendous, I side swiped five cars, ripped up twenty five feet of Guardrail that could have sheared my car like a can opener and dismembered me. I crashed through The Guardrail and got nailed by the first car in the left passing lane, stopped me dead in my tracks. Avoiding crossing all three lanes,killing myself and others. Lesson learned, sometimes in order to save your life and others , you need to nail an idiot in the ass end. By doing so you are at fault with the insurance company and the Law, but lives are saved.
My evasive maneuvering could have cost many lives, including my own. The idiot in the Jag drove on his merry way, not knowing the calamity he just created. Always remember your careless actions can set up life and death situations with disastrous results . One of my High school teacher told me, never stop learning, that’s also true in driving, obtaining a Drivers license don’t mean that you know how to Drive enough to save Lives. It’s an ongoing learning process.