There but for the grace of…
Every once in a while, you hear about a car accident where someone has managed to get onto a highway going the wrong way.
Generally, the driver is drunk and the consequences are pretty bad.
I’ve always wondered, honestly, how in the hell that could happen? I mean, even drunk, how could you take the wrong ramp for the highway? Isn’t it very, very obvious?
So, I’ve been a bit harsh on this topic. That is, until today.
Today, distracted, but perfectly sober, in broad daylight, I managed to swing onto the wrong side of an onramp/offramp for an expressway.
I’m still not exactly sure how I managed to do this. It is a weird intersection, but that is no excuse.
I’ve driven this intersection plenty of times. I’ve always navigated it fine, but today, I swung the left turn, picked the wrong side of the road, and found myself facing traffic coming head on.
Thankfully, I was able to take quick evasive action and no one was hurt, no accident happened, and I escaped shaken but fine.
But my mind is totally blown by this little event.
So maybe it’s not so hard to get going the wrong way on a major highway.
I’m not excusing the devastation caused by the people who were driving drunk and managed to cause a lot of injury by making this mistake.
But maybe I understand it a little better now.