This was no joke. My heart was pounding in avid fear. And there was nothing I could do to change that fact.
With one eye in my rear view mirror, to my absolute horror I saw behind me the driver of a huge black F-250 pick-up truck wearing black shades and looking straight down at his lap. His eyes were not even looking at the road, much less my car, but rather, directly at something on his lap. My guess? His iPhone.
I was traveling on a 4-lane highway going about 55mph (88kpm) that had no safe shoulder to pull over on so I could let this driver get ahead of me. I never felt so powerless in my life as I drove with my heart in my throat. With every ounce of energy I had I willed that truck not to hit me.
Not really believing what I was actually seeing because it was just so bizarre, my now sweaty hands gripped the steering wheel. I steeled myself ready for an impact. I had no way of getting this man’s attention or of getting away from him. Traffic was heavy and besides I was making a right hand shortly ahead to turn into a plaza.
I still do not know how that man was driving. I did the only things I could think of. First I kept a huge distance between the car ahead of me in case that truck would rear end me. Secondly, I also became super aware where my feet were, where my brake is and as well, my right hand was ready to fly to the gear shift in case I had to gear down very quickly. I drive a VW CC with a manual transmission which sits low to the ground. With that huge truck practically on top of me he probably would have driven right over me if a sudden stop had happened. *shudder* When my turn off approached I put my right blinker on wayyyyyyyyyy ahead of what I normally do and I lightly tapped my brakes hoping that the shaded driver behind me would actually see that I was about to turn.
I was never so relieved to arrive at a destination. What would you have done? Is there a way to even get the attention of someone like this? I’ll tell you what I will try to do next time IF I see someone do this. While at a red light I will take a picture of the idiota behind me and hopefully the license plate. From there I go to the police. Would they even take me seriously? Oh my heavens, I would hope so! My stomach turns over just thinking how I’m out on the road on my bike. After witnessing this insanity, I’m now a bit shaky about getting back on my bike.
PLEASE DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE
Photography/ “Fear”/ July 2017©AmyRose
About the photograph: I chose this image of a rabbit I captured because the metaphysical meaning of rabbit is fear. Hence, rabbit to go along with what I wrote. There is a story behind this picture. This little guy met me on a path in a park and refused to run away. I was astonished! He acted like he wasn’t even scared of me. Even while taking multiple pictures there he sat about 5-6 feet (1.5-1.8M) away from me. He still did not move as I quietly moved on down the path. Pinch me!! I have more coming next week (hopefully) telling you about this most unusual day I recently had.